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How many working-class populists are in Trump’s new government? (12/8/2016) -
Actor Jack Nicholson says he finally understood the meaning of the word irony when his mother called him a “son of a bitch.” So let us consider Donnie Trump, who campaigned as the populist champion of the working-class, promising that – by gollies – he was gonna take on Wall Street and the corporate elites. […]
How the conquering Trump makes fakery real (12/6/2016) -
All hail Augustus Trumpus! All hail the American Putin, whom none can criticize! All hail the All Knowing One, who reveals “realities” that aren’t there and finds “facts” that mere mortals cannot detect. Once again, The Amazing Donald has demonstrated his phantasmagoric power of perception, having found a new outcome in November’s election that others […]
Why “Corporate Governance” is a fraud (12/1/2016) -
Good news, people: All is well again at Wells Fargo! After the scandal of the giant bank systematically robbing its own customers for years, Wells Fargo’s board of directors stepped in and tidied up the mess, boldly showing CEO John Stumpf the door and bringing in a new chief to right the ship. The board […]
The new founder (11/29/2016) -
When you think of America’s great Constitutional originators, names like  Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin come to mind. And, of course, Abbott. Last January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revealed that he has penned NINE new amendments to the US Constitution. Abbott is proposing a Bill of Sale, effectively transferring our national government from The People to […]
Why we should reach across borders, not close them (11/25/2016) -
A nation’s border is nothing in and of itself. It’s just an inanimate line that has no philosophy, personality, feelings, or meaning – beyond what people on either side attribute to it. Unfortunately, thanks to Donnie Trump’s xenophobic demagoguery in this presidential election, America finds itself in a destructive border war – not with Mexico, but […]
The Koch Connection (11/22/2016) -
Tug on any right-wing thread in America, and you’ll most likely find that it’s tied to the multi-billionaire Koch boys, Charlie and David. While they’re infamous for funneling hundreds of millions of campaign dollars to presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial politicos willing to embrace the brothers’ self-serving agenda, few know of their equally-self-serving, plutocratic push to […]
Takeaways from the 2016 election (11/17/2016) -
When a political puck named Dick Tuck lost a California senate election in 1966, he said: “The people have spoken. The bastards.” So now that the people have spoken up for Donnie Trump, were they saying they embrace his xenophobic, nativist, far-right policies? Not at all. Most Trump voters say they went for him because […]
Has America turned right-wing? Or nuts? (11/15/2016) -
Buckle-up friends, it’s going to be a hairy ride. Start with Day One for President Trump (gotta get used to saying that). He will need to be up-and-at-’em no later than 12:01 am, for he promised during his campaign to get oodles of big stuff done on his very first day in office, including: “Repeal […]
What’s being taught at Koch Kollege? (11/10/2016) -
Breaking news: An amazing new school for political activists is training thousands of people to be community organizers, using Saul Alinsky’s classic manual, “Rules for Radicals.” Called the Grassroots Leadership Academy, the school gives how-to lessons in everything from mounting successful protest actions to recruiting middle-of-the-road voters. Progressives need this… but, wait – who’s that […]
Why Big Money is winning the national election. Again. (11/8/2016) -
In one of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries, the key clue that solved the whodunit was not something that happened, but something that didn’t take place – specifically, a dog did not bark. That plot fits one of the great mysteries of this year’s Trump–Clinton race for president: There was no barking at the democracy-murdering power […]
What caused the “Wreck of Wells Fargo?” (11/3/2016) -
“Wreck of the Old ’97” is a country ballad telling what happens when a highballing engineer pushes a train’s throttle too hard – going too far too fast. Old ’97 jumped the tracks, and the engineer… well, as the song puts it: “He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle/ Scalded […]
Walling them out, or walling us in? (11/1/2016) -
Three Guatemalans waited ’til dusk to make their move. Evading security cameras in the remote expanse along the US border, they slipped illicitly into our country. As the New York Times recently reported, “This area is a haven for smugglers and cross-border criminal organizations.” If Donald Trump were to witness such a scene, his hair […]
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