Category: Politics

Americans Know Who to Blame

No surprise here. Most Americans think the Republicans who run Congress will be to blame if Congress doesn’t fund the Department of Homeland Security: Republicans in Congress would shoulder the blame for a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security…

Imaginary Problems Work for the GOP

Jamelle Bouie has a new piece at Slate that looks at the Republicans’ solutions to largely imaginary problems. He focuses on three major examples: voter impersonation fraud, unsafe abortion clinics, and drug-addicted people getting public assistance. Interestingly, all three examples…

The President Lied, People Got Married

I am not even the slightest bit surprised to learn from David Axelrod that candidate Barack Obama dissembled about his reluctance to acknowledge same-sex marriages. I suppose some people will hold this against him not because they agree or disagree…

The Serengeti Strategy

On January 10, 2010, Michael Mann posted an important op-ed piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Serengeti strategy: How special interests try to intimidate scientists, and how best to fight back. He focused on the specific attempts…

Rep. Tim Ryan Evolves

What’s this? A politician actually learned something from talking to women and it caused him to change his political stance on abortion? That’s a nice story. I needed a nice story.

A Union Win in Pennsylvania

If you’re like me -and I know I am- you’ve been watching the long soap opera pitting the unelected, unappointed, unsuccessful School Reform Commission against the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Long story short: back in 2001, to get back at…

Lucy Parsons

“Next winter when the cold blasts are creeping through the rents in your seedy garments, when the frost is biting your feet through the holes in your worn-out shoes, and when all wretchedness seems to have centered in and upon you, when misery has marked you for her own and life has become a burden and existence a mockery, when you have walked the streets by day and slept upon hard boards by night, and at last determine by your own hand to take your life, – for you would rather go out into utter nothingness than to longer endure an existence which has become such a burden – so, perchance, you determine to dash yourself into the cold embrace of the lake rather than longer suffer thus. But halt, before you commit this last tragic act in the drama of your simple existence. Stop! Is there nothing you can do to insure those whom you are about to orphan, against a like fate? The waves will only dash over you in mockery of your rash act; but stroll you down the avenues of the rich and look through the magnificent plate windows into their voluptuous homes, and here you will discover the very identical robbers who have despoiled you and yours. Then let your tragedy be enacted here! Awaken them from their wanton sport at your expense!

Feeling Checkmated

John Nichols is excited about the president’s intention to embrace some economic populism in his State of the Union speech. I feel ambivalent about it. With an eye toward addressing income inequality, the president will use his State of the…

Delusional Brownback Doubles Down

Over at Salon, Luke Brinker is astonished at the Kansas governor’s lack of remorse and refusal to chart a course correction. Here’s what Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s supply side economic experiment has wrought: The Republican’s massive tax cuts for the…