GOP: Man of the Year

Time Magazine has its Man of the Year Award; I have mine. There was a bumper crop of candidates this year, a year marked by one bizarre turn of events after another. Who would have imagined, for example, that President Barack Obama, having gotten a commitment from oil...
The Ethanol Industry’s $6 Billion Christmas Gift

The Ethanol Industry’s $6 Billion Christmas Gift

Who needs $6 billion? I do! Especially during the holiday season when I try to balance my budget and ever-growing Santa wish lists. I can also tell you who doesn’t need $6 billion this year: big oil and gas conglomerates. They just got a little extra via the...

Stop Secret Election Spending: A Nonpartisan Goal

Whatever you thought of the outcome of November’s elections, you were probably, like me, relieved to see the end of an unusually nasty season of political ads. An unprecedented 1.5 million political ads aired in October alone–many of them false or...

Why Can’t Our Politicians Get into the Holiday Spirit?

I was born on Christmas Day as an only child, and destined to remain one. My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, having no other outlet, inundated me with presents every Christmas–toy cars to ride in, red wagons, pearl-handled cap pistols, games that used...

School Lunch Victory

Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people who are working hard to get America’s schools to serve healthier food, including First Lady Michelle Obama, the $4.5 billion “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act 2010” prevailed in the lame-duck session...
Invertebrate President

Invertebrate President

Well, the Democrats are finally showing some fight. They’re fighting with each other, but it’s a start. The fading Democratic majority in the House has balked at accepting President Barack Obama’s compromise with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts,...

The Hammer Gets Nailed

For once, I actually agree with something that with Tom DeLay said. The former Republican leader of Congress recently declared in his most somber tone, “The criminalization of politics undermines our very system.” Wow, so true, Tommy. Of course, what I...

College Ain’t What it Used to Be

College now Is fraught with woe; Everybody, Wants to go. Everyone is going to college these days, whether they need it or not. And why shouldn’t they? With jobs so hard to come by, you might as well beef up your resume as stand around on the corner. After all,...
A $700 Billion Dilemma

A $700 Billion Dilemma

How would you spend $700 billion? Congress has to decide this month. One simple solution would be for Congress to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for households with incomes over $250,000 for another decade. That would use up all $700 billion. I feel bad for Congress....

New Hope to Stop Violence against Women

The United States has made great strides to change the sickening attitudes and legal obstacles that for decades held women in the grip of physical and sexual violence, far too often with little recourse, while their abusers went unpunished. But as a nation, we can go...

ISO: Obama’s Campaign-Trail Eloquence

I can understand why people object to a nation running up big deficits when it’s already deeply in debt. Borrowing your way out of debt is counter-intuitive. Many economists think it’s economically sound, but it’s a hard sell. I can see, kind of, why...

The New War Congress: An Obama-Republican War Alliance

Oddly enough, doing so brings some surprising silver linings into view. The House and Senate have had Democratic majorities for the past four years. In January, the House will be run by Republicans, while the Democratic majority in the Senate will shrink. We still...

Kyl’s Nuclear Non-Starter

Senator John Kyl (R-AZ), the Republican point-man for nuclear arms policy in the Senate, has tossed cold water on the ratification of the New START nuclear weapons pact with Russia this year. After months of negotiations and concessions from the Obama administration,...

Congress, Don’t Scrooge the Jobless

With the mid-term elections wrapped up, it’s time for another vote–one that will affect millions of Americans, our economy, and our country. Congress faces a crucial decision: whether to extend unemployment benefits for the millions of Americans...