Category Archives: U.S. Politics

Move the ‘Mosque’

The majority of Americans oppose construction of the Islamic community center near the former World Trade Center. While they acknowledge its right to exist, they would prefer it not to. They consider it callous to build an Islamic site near the scene of a crime perpetrated in the name of Islam. Their opposition has been dismissed […]

The “Ground Zero Mosque”

Right-wing bigots and left-wing cowards (or maybe they are just bigots too?) are in an uproar over the construction of a so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” As they tell it, the former site of the World Trade Center towers is “hallowed ground” and Muslims should not be allowed to build a “victory mosque” on or near it. […]

Should we all own homes?

After the housing bubble burst and we were plunged into recession, the federal government jumped in to immediately re-inflate the bubble. There is plenty of reason to think this was a necessary move. Too much of our economy was tied up in developing residential real estate to switch so suddenly. But at this point we […]

Reads almost like poetry

“The right to marry has been historically and remains the right to choose a spouse and, with mutual consent, join together and form a household. Race and gender restrictions shaped marriage during eras of race and gender inequality, but such restrictions were never part of the historical core of the institution of marriage. Today, gender […]

Online gambling making a comeback

Back in 2006 Republicans – the folks who shed crocodile tears over Big Intrusive Government – banned online gambling by slipping a provision into a port security bill. The results were predictable. Online gambling continued as online casinos moved their operations off-shore, away from Uncle Sam’s regulations and tax collectors. Now that Washington is looking […]

Classless society

Yeah right: “I’m not a class-warfare guy. That’s the Democrats’ gig. They like to divide and play the class card. We don’t have classes in America — I don’t even like the term ‘middle class.’ People are lower income or middle income, and the dynamism of this country is that you can rise, and sometimes […]

Where’s all the money?

Not in your pocket: […] the globalism and “free trade” that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn’t tell us that the “global economy” would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete […]

Social Security: The Truth (video)

An excellent debunking of common myths about Social Security:

Sherrod firing part of pathetic Obama pattern

Yesterday, the Obama Administration fired Shirley Sherrod, a USDA employee, because a right-wing smear artist released a speech from Sherrod that was edited to make it look like she was racist against white folks. It goes without saying that Sherrod should be reinstated (Update: The Obama Administration has apologized to Sherrod). But there’s a larger story […]

The Republican model for America

It’s Pakistan: […] in Pakistan, the lack of a workable tax system feeds something more menacing: a festering inequality in Pakistani society, where the wealth of its most powerful members is never redistributed or put to use for public good. […] Much of the tax avoidance, especially by the wealthy, is legal. Under a 1990s […]