Archive for March, 2012

Thoughts on the Courts

Posted on March 30, 2012 by

I object to forcing Americans to buy insurance from private companies but I’m worried that a loss in the supreme court will hurt Barack Obama’s re-election chances. Two years ago, single payer and public option supporters were appalled by the president’s willingness to sell off essential elements of the plan for a senate vote from [...]

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Black Power

Posted on March 26, 2012 by

Next month’s 20th anniversary of L.A.’s civil “uprising” and recent maneuverings in city hall offer a glimpse into the political problems facing Southern California’s African Americans. The Rodney King riots – triggered by the acquittal of four LAPD cops who mercilessly beat King – exposed the outrage, frustration and lack of opportunity in South Central [...]

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Jerry Brown – Role Model?

Posted on March 22, 2012 by

I thought Jerry Brown’s return as governor would be more fun. He’s an interesting guy with a unique political trajectory. In the 28 years since he last held the job, he served as Oakland mayor and state Attorney General. But what seemed most intriguing was that Brown – like many of his generational peers – [...]

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Election Direction

Posted on March 20, 2012 by

Here’s the bad news Obama could lose And give us a feeling of dread But don’t get depressed Or find yourself stressed And look at it this way instead The primary season Has given us reason To cheer the republican right As they bloody each other And take on positions Which give most Americans fright [...]

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The Right White Working Class

Posted on March 16, 2012 by

The class divide that’s tearing apart the republican party is a dream-come-true for Barack Obama and mainstream democrats. With the president’s re-election increasingly likely, we can enjoy watching his opponents fight over who’s the more extreme conservative. We can even commend so-called white working class republican primary voters for correctly perceiving Mitt Romney as an [...]

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Most Fun Since Nixon

Posted on March 7, 2012 by

We’re just a few months short of the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, the episode which triggered the downfall of Richard Nixon. I mention it because it’s been that long since I’ve been so giddy and gleeful seeing my adversaries do themselves in. Witnessing republican primary candidates devour each other gives me the same [...]

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How to Talk to Conservatives about Unions

Posted on March 3, 2012 by

Take two minutes to watch this quick exchange between a reporter from The Daily Caller – Tucker Carlson’s popular and provocative conservative website – and Rich Trumka. The AFL-CIO prez  matter-of-factly and convincingly links the decline in union density with economic malaise and affirms union membership as a civil right. Though the Daily Caller showcased [...]

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