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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Redistribution, Republican style

Dean Baker sets the record straight about the Republican’s alleged aversion to redistribution: Matt O’Brien’s Wonkblog piece might have misled readers on Republicans views on the role of government. O’Brien argued that the reason that the Republicans have such a hard time designing a workable health care plan is: ‚ÄúRepublicans are philosophically opposed to redistribution, […]

Subtle passes for Trump

Donald Trump has often claimed that our NATO allies are not paying what the owe. Normally, the way he phrases what he says, he leaves the impression that they owe the money to the United States. I’ve often wondered what he is talking about, and have searched in vain for explanations in the newspaper articles […]

A bit of history

Who was the best president in the time since I was born? I’ve often thought about that question. I put Harry Truman to the side, as I can’t recall anything about him. All the Republicans can be set to the side as well. Despite the Vietnam War and its disastrous aftermath, I keep coming back […]

An idea whose time has long since come

I read about this several years ago, and unless my aging mind is letting me down, I wrote a post or two about it, at or around the time when the bankers destroyed the economy: Across the country, community activists, mayors, city council members, and more are waking up to the power and the promise […]

This is Alec Baldwin, isn’t it?

He’s no Nixon

I got out a bit of a kick out of this article (My First Big Boy Trip), at Slate. Trump is quite like a spoiled child. It got me to thinking. Back during Nixon’s downfall I was a law student, living at home in Hartford. On many an evening I would trek to a friend’s […]

Poor Piglet

Poor Us.

Everything is the opposite of what it is, isn’t it?

I once bought a Playboy publication. And I really did buy it just for the interviews, because it was a paperback collection of the best interviews up to that time (circa 1981). The Mel Brooks interviews were hilarious, by the way. But, I digress yet again. One of the interviews was with John and Yoko, […]

So far, so good

There are times when it feels good to admit you were wrong, and this is one of those times. When the Comey thing broke I said it would be forgotten by the following weekend, but at least so far, it is still front and center. Of course, the Donald, in his own childish way, has […]

Comcast/MSNBC cave to pressure from Trump

A couple of weeks ago I noted that the folks on the right appeared to have a more expansive view of the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee when the person doing the speaking was a right winger. I noted at the time that no one has a right to a forum, and that denying them […]