Browsing articles tagged with " Will Rogers"

Raising the Debt Ceiling: When Ideology Meets Reality

Jul 14, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

With dialog on Capital Hill being next to impossible, Senator Minority Leader McConnell has put forth a plan to allow the president to raise the debt ceiling to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations. The politics are dangerous and the reasons for the ‘no compromise’ position on increasing taxes on upper level income are baseless. Finally, shame on Fox News for so effectively poisoning the well with conspiracy theories and distortions during economically tough times that all but destroyed the opportunity for reasonable dialog and compromise.

The US Senate: It’s Not Just Healthcare That Needs Reform

Nov 12, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

Introductory Remarks Following last Saturday’s historic vote on healthcare legislation in the US House of Representatives, the headline in Monday morning’s paper read “Health Bill Hits Senate Wall”.   Senator [...]

Supply-Side Tax Cut Legislation: A Betrayal of the Middle Class, the Poor, and our Nation

Sep 29, 2009   //   Economy, Politics  //  Comments Off

I’m afraid that I will be tough on my conservative colleagues in this article.  I generally look for arguments in support of both sides of an issue, but rarely in [...]

Mad Political Disease: A Salute to Restoring Sanity (or Fear?)

Sep 15, 2009   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

After several months of careful observation and study I have postulated the existence of a heretofore unrecognized disorder and have named it Mad Political Disease (MPD). Although clearly a different entity than Mad Cow Disease, the two do share some striking similarities. Both have been linked to cannibalistic practices, both affect the brain, both result in behavioral abnormalities, both cause frothing about the mouth, and both infect the general population.

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Mass Incarceration, Race and Gun Background Checks. Reenforcing Implicit Bias

The combination of the Tough on Crime laws of the 1980s and 1990s (still partially in effect today) and federal gun background checks contribute to a double victimization for many African-Americans.

Boehner’s Resignation. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?

Speaker Boehner was apparently oblivious to the origins and racial controversies surrounding the song he was singing during his resignation announcement.

From Charleston to Newtown to Human Rights, US Failing its Legal Obligations

There’s been a lot of talk recently, by our President and others, about gun violence and race relations. How to simultaneously address both? Have our country live up to its legal obligations under ICERD by putting a National Plan of Action in place.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.