Monthly Archives: May 2012

More Trump birtherism






The more things don’t change, part 2 –Trump and birtherism This week’s utterances from Donald Trump actually revisit his earlier statements about President Obama’s birth certificate, somewhat more indirectly. For those who have forgotten, CNN’s Anderson Cooper aired lengthy interviews with Trump, at Trump’s request uncut, April 25 and April 26, 2011. The interviews followed CNN’s own investigation of archives in the state of Hawaii… Read More

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Big state, soft support–Primary results in Texas






Texas Primary Results 2012: Big state, soft support   Unofficial results are in for the Texas primary, and on the Republican side Mitt Romney wins with 71 percent of the vote. Not that victory wasn’t pretty certain, since all the other major candidates have already dropped out—but there are a few interesting details. 1)      Rick Santorum got more than 114,000 votes, notwithstanding the fact that… Read More

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The more things don’t change: Prufrockian candidates for a played-out Wall Street-owned GOP






The more things don’t change Recycling old political talent is the special province of Wall Street defenders and apologists, and we’ve been seeing a lot of it since November 2008. In fact, most of the smarmiest and most uncouth attacks on the president have come from recycled consultants, money men and white-collar goon squads whom it would be flattery to call hacks. They get used… Read More

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Déjà vu all over again: Rightwing attacks on presidents






Déjà vu all over again: Rightwing attacks on Franklin Roosevelt   There are few better ways to get a handle on the current political scene than to re-read The Age of Roosevelt, the historical trilogy on the New Deal by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Volume 3 is titled The Politics of Upheaval. During the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the struggles of American labor… Read More

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May 8 primary results hold interest for Democrats






May 8th primary more interesting for Dems The series-of-oddities parade of GOP presidential contests since summer 2011 seems to be over for now, and the May 8 primary results hold some potential for improvement in government at the federal and state level. Quick spot-check below. Indiana: Most famously, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) will leave the Senate at the end of 2012, after thirty-five years in… Read More

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The American Economy, part 3






American economy, part 3 Continuing yesterday’s post— As with America’s underlying wealth, our residuals of inheritance from labor successes enable the national economy to keep going the way it’s going. They enable most of the middle class, the bottom 90 percent of the population, to survive without our having to address huge harms such as regressive taxation. To call these immense resources and assets a… Read More

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The American Economy, part 2






The American Economy, part 2 Following up on last week’s post– We are all inheritors of the labor movement Another fundamental of the U.S. economy is one that we have had for more than fifty years: We are all living on a gigantic store of assets, workplace conditions and industries produced by the American labor movement from the 1930s through the 1970s. This fundamental fact… Read More

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