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The Two McCains

Liberals who have sung the praises of John McCain in the past confront a fascinating test of consistency, integrity and political commitment now that McCain is the virtually certain Republican nominee. It could be an amusing moment. I should know, since I’m one of them.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE

Bush’s Gas Gaffe

Of all the reasons to be hopping mad, helplessly shaking your head or hoping beyond reasonable hope that somehow the Bush presidency will get better before it ends, blaming the president for failure to know the price of gas at the pump isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Farm Bill Brings the Bacon

What has the power to unite progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans? According to a compelling article in the San Francisco Chronicle, agribusiness is having its way in Congress, even getting Democrats to cut food stamps to make room for subsidies.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE

Hillary's feet

Clinton Backtracks on Tax Returns

Under pressure during Tuesday’s debate, Hillary Clinton hinted that she might release her tax returns earlier than “once I become the nominee,” a schedule that had drawn criticism from Barack Obama and the press. But aides speaking with the media the next day retreated from that opening.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE

No ‘Straight Talk’ on Iraq Cost

As a presidential candidate, John McCain stands out not only for his vocal endorsement of the unpopular war in Iraq, but also because one of his own sons is a Marine Corps officer on active duty there.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE

McCain’s Losing Message

John McCain has the advantage of getting to run right away. Too bad he’s campaigning on failed policies and bad ideas.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton

Following the Money

Barack Obama has called for Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns in light of the $5 million she lent her campaign. Here he explains why, and Clinton promises she will—but only if she wins the nomination.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE

The McCain Divide

If the Arizona senator secures the Republican presidential nomination, his victory would signal a revolution in American politics—a divorce, after a 28-year marriage, between the Republican and conservative establishments.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE

Bush Goes Out With a Thud

George W. Bush, the president who lied America into a war that will end up costing trillions of dollars, scolded the Democratic-controlled Congress in his final State of the Union address on Monday for undermining “the people’s trust in their government” with too many pet projects. Now that’s chutzpah, coming from a man who never met a spending bill he didn’t like unless it had to do with stem cells and sick children.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE

An Economic Bridge to Nowhere

House Republicans were able to keep an extension of unemployment benefits out of the recently announced stimulus package, which is too bad, since it’s one measure that would actually help the ailing economy.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE

book cover

Chalmers Johnson on the Myth of Free Trade

A powerful new book by a young South Korean-born economist at Cambridge University provides a compelling critique of the contradictions and hypocrisies of globalization and neoliberalism. The perfect antidote to the nostrums of Thomas Friedman.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE

The Stimulus Swindle

Stimulus—you’ve probably heard this nebulous, scientific-sounding word this week. Every politician suddenly wants economic “stimulus,” and wants you to think this “stimulus” is unequivocally good.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE

Pelosi and Bush

House, Bush Cut Stimulus Deal

House Democrats, Republicans and President Bush have tentatively agreed on the broad outlines of a $150-billion stimulus package. Most of that money will come in the form of payouts ranging between $300 and $1,200 for individuals and households.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE

No Time to Argue About the Economy

With the economy teetering on recession, there’s a way out of the usual political impasse, if the politicians want to find it.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE

The Fight of Her Life

The Democratic contest in Iowa—and possibly the battle for the party’s presidential nomination—hangs on whether Hillary Clinton can use the next two weeks to encourage second thoughts about Barack Obama, and get voters to take a second look at her.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE

When Barbarians Take Hostages

Henry Kravis is the king of private equity, the Wall Street sector that buys and bleeds companies.  He and his ilk, to preserve their huge tax advantages, are making sure that millions of Americans won’t get a fair deal.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE

Peace Protest
AP photo / Bela Szandelszky

Why We Resist

The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these wars. All I know is that it is worth doing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE

The Not So Almighty Dollar

Talk about how the almighty have fallen. The dollar is headed downhill faster than Bode Miller on a set of rocket skis. Think nose dive. Plummetville. Plunge City. Belly Floppo Rama. Recession is such an ugly word.

Posted on Dec 2, 2007 READ MORE

Conservative, or Just Plain Corrupt?

Through their ethics scandals, Republicans in Washington long ago began making the word conservative synonymous with the term corrupt. Surprisingly, though, it is a group of Democrats that is cementing this definitional conversion for good.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE

The Promised Land

Imagine a place where the leading politician pokes fun at those who “regard all taxes as a pestilence, a plague or a disease.” Imagine the same politician saying: “Not one of us wants to pay more in taxes. But you know what we want even less? What we want even less is to leave our country to our kids in a worsened condition.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges’ Civil Disobedience

The Truthdig columnist writes in The Nation that he will not pay his taxes if the United States attacks Iran. Like Henry David Thoreau before him, Hedges will not help finance an immoral war. “I realize this is a desperate and perhaps futile gesture,” he writes. “But an attack on Iran—which appears increasingly likely before the coming presidential election—will unleash a regional conflict of catastrophic proportions.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE

The Democrats’ Facebook Primary

The contours of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination are set, and it is not a battle about “issues.” Advisers to the major contenders largely see things this way, and Democratic voters are in a quandary about what to do.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE

Running on Yesterday’s Ideas

One of the few things the Republican and Democratic presidential contests have in common is the relentlessness with which candidates on both sides are wrapping themselves in orthodoxy. Heretics need not apply.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

How Did a 12-Year-Old Become No. 1 Enemy of Conservatives?

Conservatives claim to be in favor of stable families, small businesses, hard work, private schools, investment and homeownership. So why in the world are so many on the right attacking the family of Graeme Frost?

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

The Quickest Way to End the War

Would conservatives and Republicans support the war in Iraq if they had to pay for it? This is the immensely useful question that Rep. David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, put on the table this week by calling for a temporary war tax to cover President Bush’s request for $145 billion in supplemental spending for Iraq.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE

Bush the Saboteur

The president’s strategy is to fake out the public so that it believes Democrats in Congress can’t perform basic governmental tasks. Is this any way to run a country?

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE

With Big Ideas Like These…

Republicans almost suffered strokes over Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan.  Now that the screams of outrage have subsided, a close examination reveals that the GOP alternatives are either nonexistent or unworkable.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Agree to Agree

Here is why the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination seems so peculiar: Political campaigns are normally about highlighting differences, but never have the philosophical distinctions among Democratic candidates been so small.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

Only the Little People Pay Taxes

The Democratic candidates have paid much attention to the president’s horrendous foreign policy, but what of his tax cuts, which have crippled the treasury for the sake of the yachting class?

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE

One-Trick Elephant

The corpse has a pulse. Or at least the Bush White House and congressional Republicans are counting on the predictable thump, thump, thump about taxes to resuscitate themselves.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE

IRS Workers Fall for Simulated Password Scam

According to a recent internal audit, 60 percent of IRS employees fell for the oldest trick in the book, allowing auditors posing as help-desk employees access to their digital identities, and by extension your personal and private information.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE

The GOP Identity Crisis

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, every leading candidate declared independence from some piece of dogma or another—even as all of them clung for dear life to the word conservative.  They sounded like religious doubters who compensate for their ebbing faith by shouting ever more fervently: “I believe!”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


And the Richest Candidate Is ...

... Mitt Romney, whose personal fortune is between $190 million and $250 million, which might explain why he’s so eager to “reform” the tax code. The former Massachusetts governor’s millions come from his days at an investment group that financed Staples, Domino’s Pizza and the Brookstone retail stores.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE

Ten Bodies, but Not Much of a Pulse

The announced Republican candidates for president did nothing in their first debate to discourage the unannounced Republican candidates—Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, maybe Chuck Hagel—from wading in. The water doesn’t look very deep.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE

The High Cost of Ignoring Poverty

Republicans once preached compassion, but then went off to war. Democrats waged a war on poverty, but then lost some elections. They decided the middle class is where it’s at.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE

Last-Minute Tax Woes

A deluge of tax procrastinators attempting to file electronically before the midnight deadline on Tuesday slowed the TurboTax servers to a crawl, causing wait times in the hours. A spokesman for the company that makes the popular tax preparation software said it was “absolutely amazing” how many people had waited until the last possible moment.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Hang Up on War

If you are upset that Congress won’t defund the war in Iraq, there’s something you can do: Stop paying a tax. Legally.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE

The Budget Speaks Louder Than Pandering

Although President Bush recently feigned interest in income inequality and the deficit, his whopper of a budget makes it clear that his heart is still with his base: the haves and the have-mores.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE

Businesses Fight Over Minimum-Wage Law

The business community is divided over minimum-wage legislation making its way through the Senate. While small businesses are celebrating the tax incentives included in the bill, major corporations are frustrated by the Democrats’ requirement that every new tax break be matched by either a tax increase or a closed loophole.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE

Marie Cocco: Senators Hijack Minimum-Wage Increase

Senate Democrats and Republicans have shamelessly joined in a bipartisan effort to pad the well-off at the expense of the working poor.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


And to No One’s Surprise ...

Families earning more than $1 million per year saw a greater drop in federal tax rates than any other group in the country—thanks to Bush’s tax cuts, according to a new nonpartisan congressional study.
We’re shocked. SHOCKED!

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE

Marie Cocco: An End to Reaganism

Expect a battle royal as the newly empowered Democrats seek to make the economy work for those Americans who don’t make more than $1 million per year.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Putting Iraq on the Credit Card

Believe it or not, winning the war in Iraq was never the Bush administration’s highest priority. Saving its tax cuts was more important. That was once spoken of as a moral problem. Now, it’s a practical barrier to a successful outcome.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE

Marie Cocco: Last Refuge of the Republicans

If Democrats want to roll back Bush’s tax cuts, it’s only because they want to protect Medicare over millionaires.

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE

Senator Wants to Sic IRS on Pimps

When Republicans push good programs, we like to take notice. This is a great example. GOP Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa wants to establish an office in the IRS that will specifically go after sex traffickers—to get them off the street and free their prey from lives of sexual slavery.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE

Molly Ivins: Could Lunacy Explain Bush’s Policies?

“Craziness would make a certain amount of sense. I mean, you announce you are going to militarize the Mexican border, but you assure the president of Mexico you are not militarizing the border…. It’s quite possible that lunacy and politics are closely related.”

Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Not Backing Hillary

I’d like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Sen. Clinton for president.

Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE

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