Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
July 21, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

The Life of Caliph Washington

Truthdig Bazaar

Mekong Diaries

By Sherry Buchanan

more items

A/V Booth
Email this item Print this item

Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

Posted on Apr 20, 2012
AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Secret Service agents protect the president, center. A Colombian sex scandal involving the service raises questions about masculinity, says Truthdig Radio guest Marcia Dawkins.

Truthdig Radio airs Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific time on 90.7 KPFK in Los Angeles. Check your town’s listings or ask your public radio station to carry Truthdig Radio.

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Listen now:


David Cay Johnston


Square, Site wide, Desktop


Square, Site wide, Mobile
Bill Boyarsky: 20 years after the L.A. riots, whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses

Marcia Dawkins: the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia

Philip Mattera: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes

Robert Scheer

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments

By El_Pinguino, April 25, 2012 at 7:46 am Link to this comment

@ Lafayette

“Except to make smart-ass remarks along with others who have also done nothing to remedy the National Situation ... except the past-time of bitching-in-a-blog.

Can we be honest?? You have no idea what I do with my time now do you??

Report this
Lafayette's avatar

By Lafayette, April 25, 2012 at 4:09 am Link to this comment

E_P: Personally, I’d love to see a box for: None of the above.

Right, then you can feel great about having done nothing to change things. Except to make smart-ass remarks along with others who have also done nothing to remedy the National Situation ... except the past-time of bitching-in-a-blog.

Militate rather to get responsible Progressive Candidates added to the Progressive Caucus (already 20% of Congressional representation) such that Real Change can come to reform the Great Wasteland of American Politics.

The American nation does not need, at this crucial point, blog gadflies and their mindless nonsense.

Report this

By Salome, April 23, 2012 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

In 2008, Obama’s slogan was vote your hopes!

In 2012, Obama says, “Don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative”.

Translation:  I stink, but the other guy stinks worse.

Hmm—not inclined to vote for garbage.

Report this
PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, April 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment


Amen brother, I plan to write in Ron Paul.

Report this

By gerard, April 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment


Sounds about right.

Report this

By dave, April 21, 2012 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Robert, this is terrible. Recommending people vote for Obama under any circumstances is wrong, besides voting doesn’t get a candidate elected anyway. How can you still support the paradigm of right vs left, democrat vs republican? Mittens will do exactly the same thing as Obama when it comes to issues of substance like the war(s), elimination of our liberties, shitting on the constitution, stealing our money, crony capitalism, the list goes on and on. Wasn’t this made evident to you after Obama, the agent of Change you can believe in, codified everything that peckerhead George Bush did in terms of the war, TARP, patriot act, etc. Not only did he codify these things but he extended and expanded them.
Creating this political class division is fundamentally wrong and extends this paradigm and the false perception that we have a choice! Are you really that ignorant or does (as I suspect) this paradigm “butter the bread”.
What is truly amazing is that Obama has outright lied more than any President in my lifetime - even Nixon and Clinton can’t hold a candle to this guy. Why bother to list the lies when we all know what most of them are, and yet you recommend that people vote for a liar as the best solution for our country.
You don’t agree with Ron Paul but you do agree with Obama, well, at least more than Mittens who is a liar. Do I have that right Bobby? How does Chris Hedges sit in the same room with you?
This is incredibly frustrating because people listen to you and what you say and write, by not coming clean with yourself and Americans you are doing a great disservice to our once great nation and the people in it. You do nothing but extend the current tyranny and destruction of this country by adhering to and spewing out the paradigm that has made the wealthy even wealthier, the poor even poorer and almost completely destroyed the middle class. This doesn’t include the death and destruction, both real and financial, we have brought to the world.
When things finally turn and a critical mass rises up against the establishment, you will be included in that group - espousing how Obama (or Mittens doesn’t matter) was the BEST choice.
To not stand up for Ron Paul is to not stand up for America but for the corporations, the oligarchs and the political scum that run it (into the ground). Ron will get his day after the next pinhead muppet is extracted and replaced BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE!

Report this

By Ed Romano, April 21, 2012 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

If you live long enough you see the same Merry Go Round coming ‘round again. With all the crimes against humanity that are going on daily and the trashing of the Constitution by the same governement that claims to be founded on it…. the media zeroes in a bunch of legal governemt mafioso who got caught cavorting with some Columbian trollops…Does anyone remember when Richard Nixon and his Capo Regime, Henry Kissinger were secretly bombing neutral countries without informing the U.S. Congress and nothinmg was done about it…..but when a few Republican burglars broke into the national headquarters of the Democratic Party the media went into a feeding frenzy? Who was it said…. the more things change the more the stay the same?

Report this

By El_Pinguino, April 21, 2012 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

I say vote Republican if you are on the left. Newt for Prez!! This will ensure the demise comes quicker… then we can rise from the ashes sooner. Unless the ashes are nuclear in origin.

Another option is:

Personally, I’d love to see a box for: None of the above.

Report this
Leefeller's avatar

By Leefeller, April 21, 2012 at 6:44 am Link to this comment

Yeah, Elko vote for what you want and get what you don’t ant anyway, makes sense to me!

You know it could be a lot worse, you may get what you really did not want in steroids.

The lessor of two evils is this the same as the better of two choices who do not provide every thing one believes would be there perfect choice?

Report this

By ElkoJohn, April 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment

I rather vote 3rd Party, and not get what I want,
than vote Democratic, and get what I don’t want.

If the Democrats what my vote, they have to do a lot
more than be the lessor of the two evils.

Report this

By Gary Neville, April 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Can’t believe I’m hearing this. Am an ol’-timer now,
but was raised in the D.R.—from age of 5-25 (raging
hormones from 13 on)—all-boys East Coast boarding
schools , then home (to the D.R.)for the holidays.

My take is: North America, wake up! In Central/South
America and the Caribbean,and much of the rest of the
world, curious young males stuck in boys schools (13
yrs. +) and reasonably respectable adults visit local
establishments (night clubs/lounges/and parlors)for
“favors” from the local beauties!

When I reached 16 and had a car, my travel companions
to these establishments were my older American
buddies and the US Embassy Guards (18 yr. old
Marines)...and when I returned from college a bit
older, Embassy (including female) staffers (i.e USIS

That this goes on should be no surprise. But for
Secret Service agents—so incredibly stupid!

However, lest we not forget or become raving
hypocrites—nothing compares with the imbecilic and
most potentially compromising indiscretions of all -
by Presidents Kennedy and Clinton! Talk about
damaging the nation—we’re still reeling from the
politico/economic consequences of two terms of Bush!

A condition for highest office might be, “Off with
their Peckers”.

And girls, good show! Congratulations on standing up for your rights—a chiseler is a chiseler in any language! Go
get ‘em!

Report this
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook