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The Revenge of God

It was in the spring of 1966 that Time magazine shocked a lot of readers with a black cover with the white question: "Is God Dead?"

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

People Power vs. Washington

The claim that George W. Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq somehow opened up the Middle East to reform is an affront to the brave crowds that have risked their lives to change the American-backed order in that part of the world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



Niall Kennedy: Some rights reserved

Whose Side Is The New York Times On?

As if dealing with the many known enemies of government workers is not enough, state employees in New York now also have to contend with the old gray lady herself, The New York Times. (more)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


The High Cost of a Broken Metaphor

“We’re broke.” You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. Just one problem: We’re not broke.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


How Not to Fight Terrorism

Stigmatizing Muslims and their faith may win airtime for Rep. Peter King and draw cameras to his committee, but it does nothing to advance the security of the United States.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Ice Out Public Media

When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


Western Intervention in Libya Should Not Fly

Although it may seem heartless to say this, the Arab uprising is not our affair, and we should stay away from it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mahesh Kumar A.

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction, although this moment appears be the denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that began some 5,000 years ago.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


The GOP’s Ingenious Madman Strategy

Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE


For Governors: Responsibility Equals Invisibility

If you want to get national attention as a governor these days, don’t try to be innovative about solving the problems you were elected to deal with.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Revolutions Need Not Be Americanized

A new Middle East, indeed! But not the one that American policymakers expected when the George W. Bush administration launched the “Great War on Terror,” which the last few days have made irrelevant.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Wisconsin Fight Matters

This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



DoD / Cherie A. Thurlby

Down With Democracy, Let’s Have a King

With a 10 percent rate of unemployment among his subjects and fear of the unrest that this could unleash, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decreed an increase in aid to the unemployed, an increase in the salaries of government employees, an increase in aid to students, an increase in funds ... (more)

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Lifting the Heavy Thumb

Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage. The once and perhaps future Republican presidential candidate didn’t mean it that way, of course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from Mr. T in DC

The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


The Mayor Rahm Mystery

Mayor Rahm. It will be a hoot. It could even be good for Chicago. And in a way he has never had to do before, Rahm Emanuel will finally reveal who he really is.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


How I Passed My U.S. Citizenship Test: By Keeping the Right Answers to Myself

I passed, and, my fellow Americans, you could too—if you don’t mind providing answers that you know are wrong.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Unintended Consequences

House Republicans voted to increase the number of abortions, raise federal health care costs and swell the welfare rolls.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


New Regimes Have Reason to Resent America

Barack Obama’s successor will inherit the hypocrisy of past American policy choices in the Middle East and find himself the enemy of the governments that eventually will have replaced the unseated Tunisian, Egyptian, presumably Libyan (and other) despotisms of recent memory.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Starving Wisconsin’s Unions

Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


The Tea Party Is Winning

We are acting as if the only real problem the United States confronts is the budget deficit, the only test of leadership is whether a president is willing to make big cuts in programs that protect the elderly, and the largest threat to our prosperity comes from public employees.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Will the Egyptian Revolution Also Devour Its Young?

Egypt in February 2011 is not Iran in January 1979, yet I am reminded of the fate of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, once Iran’s foreign minister, ultimately destroyed by the man and movement he devoted his life to bring to power.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



How the Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


The Submerged State

The Great Paradox—that is what future generations will likely call this era, and rightly so.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Why Do They Hate Social Security?

Among the mysteries of modern politics in America is why so many of our leading pundits and politicians persistently seek to undermine Social Security, that enduring and successful emblem of active government.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dispatches From Cairo: The Prophet’s Birthday

Most Egyptians were prejudiced against themselves. This revolution gave them pride and purpose and reminded them how great the Egyptian people are.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt

Under federal law, borrowers who develop lasting disabilities after taking out federal student loans are entitled to have their debts forgiven. The system was meant to spare former students who become disabled from a lifetime of spiraling debt. But the process of discharging the loans of disabled borrowers is broken.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shawn Poynter

Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hani Mohammed

The Protests Continue in Yemen

In the third straight day of confrontation, several hundred protesters clashed with police in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa as demonstrations against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh echoed events in Egypt and elsewhere across the Arab world.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE


Egypt’s Long Road Ahead

Hosni Mubarak’s iron rule crumbles but will not go gently. He still believes himself president of Egypt, although Egypt does not.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Judging Obama’s Relaunch

Is President Obama a friend of business or a critic of business? The answer: Yes.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / National Archives

Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Self-Obsessed Washington’s Confused Response to Egypt

The administration has been addressing the Egyptians as if they were American puppets that perversely have taken on life.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

The corporate state does not have a Politburo or raving dictator, but it shares one aspect with despotic regimes and the collapsed empires that have plagued human history.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



Reagan Library

The Last Reagan Campaign: Legacy

When President Reagan left office in 1981, his legacy did not seem Mount Rushmore quality.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons From Our Egypt Moment

In light of the history-shaking events on the streets of Cairo, it’s not surprising that a truly remarkable development slipped through the news cycle with barely a nod.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


The Devils We Know

Bargains with the devil never end well. For decades, successive U.S. administrations have embraced autocratic, repressive regimes in the Arab world—and now, as we see in the bloody streets of Cairo, it’s time to pay the price.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


Countering the Usurpers

I’ve been bristling recently at conservatives’ dual hijacking: morality and the Constitution as the domain of small-government conservatives. I’d like them back.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


America’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The democratic uprising in Egypt has brought into relief a gradual and little-noticed transformation in American politics.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


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