GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud

GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud

At my age, I thought I’d seen pretty much everything — and I’ve been to the carny sideshow at the Texas State Fair twice. But now comes a Houston-based, tea-party outfit calling itself True the Vote. It claims to be dedicated to sniffing out...
Just Don’t Let the Other Side Vote

Just Don’t Let the Other Side Vote

If in charge, You’d like to stay; Keep others home, On election day. In some nations, the government is committed to getting everyone out to vote. Some of our states, like California, have special voter protection acts aimed at the same goal. But elsewhere, it...
Rooting out Fake Job Creators

Rooting out Fake Job Creators

Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, recently declared on Face the Nation that that President Barack Obama “is hostile to job creators,” reciting a standard Republican canard. Especially since movements such as Occupy Wall Street began shining a...
Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican

Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican

The recession has been hard on everyone. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs. Many of those who didn’t lose their jobs suffered salary cuts. Retirement savings and home values have plummeted. Even people who have kept their jobs and homes have had to...
Running for Magician-in-Chief

Running for Magician-in-Chief

Our long national nightmare is over. Mitt Romney has won the Republican nomination for president. Let the etch-a-sketching begin. Romney was officially put over the top by the Texas primary last month, although in truth his victory had been a foregone conclusion ever...
Declaration of War

Declaration of War

Republican lawmakers have declared war on the presidency. Not so odd, perhaps, given their recent record. But the leader they’re targeting this time is Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is clearly going to be the party’s candidate....
Invoking Fake Job Creators to Cut Taxes on the Rich

Invoking Fake Job Creators to Cut Taxes on the Rich

Conservatives like House Speaker John Boehner say the government can’t raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires because they are “job creators.” Instead, House Republicans are once more calling for trillions in more tax cuts for the richest...
Our Failed Cuba Policy Fixation

Our Failed Cuba Policy Fixation

It’s election season. When they’re not kissing babies or holding staged conversations with average voters at coffee shops, presidential hopefuls will dust off tired arguments about the national security threat posed by Cuba, an island with a population the...
Grand Old Pedagogy

Grand Old Pedagogy

It seems as though the 2012 Republican presidential primaries began the day before forever. But oh the lessons we’ve learned. We’ve been treated to startlingly original theories about the economy, international affairs, history, biology, theology, and...
As Republicans Implode, I’m Uneasy

As Republicans Implode, I’m Uneasy

“Romney now flaunting his wealth to impress voters!” – The Onion I smiled weakly when Liberal Democrat friends guffawed last week over verbal foibles of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. It was sort of funny when Romney said: “Michigan’s...
Beating China, Corporate Style

Beating China, Corporate Style

As anxiety about the end of American hegemony abounds and the U.S. unemployment rate remains high, talk about the necessity of out-competing China is on the rise. The leading presidential candidates have zeroed in on China as a major threat to U.S. economic security...
Running Against Islam

Running Against Islam

Every political season has its hot-button issues. There’s race, abortion, lunar colonies. But the hottest hot-button issue these days, judging from comments by Republican presidential hopefuls as well as what happened during the 2010 mid-term elections, is...