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Wanna Know How Politics Makes Us All Dumber?

December 16, 2014
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dumb

There’s a basic assumption that lies at the base of politics in the U.S. It hides just under the surface of every speech, editorial, article, essay, blog and talking-head “news” program. It’s assumed to be the very core of our Constitution. It’s the belief that most of our bitter political battles are simply based on us being better informed than them. I doesn’t matter whether it’s about climate change, or economics, or whether government is good or bad. The thinking process is such: if those blind fools just knew what I know there wouldn’t be all this damn fighting. It’s a compelling idea because it assumes that our friends, relatives, neighbors, etc., aren’t wrong so much as they’re misguided, or…

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Don’t Get Used to Low Gas Prices-Big Ethanol is Lobbying

December 10, 2014
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(updated from October 22, 2014) Weakening demand for gasoline–which also affects ethanol producers–is getting ready to hit the front pages of a few major news outlets–but you won’t see this on any televised news–and not for a reason known by average Americans. U.S. ethanol producers are approaching the…

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Has Extreme Obsrtuctionism Made Washington Irrelevant?

December 7, 2014
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Has Extreme Obsrtuctionism Made Washington Irrelevant?

Washington has become so ineffective at addressing the preponderance of our nation’s problems—to the degree that it’s existence is almost irrelevant, and in some cases a downright threat to the country— it’s become irrelevant in making the bold and decisive moves required of it, under…

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Will the U.S. Follow the GOP Into Great Depression 2.0?

November 24, 2014
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gop_toes

There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from George W. Bush’s Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new…

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Democrats Forget That Voters Want to Hear Candidates’ Narratives

November 17, 2014
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populists

Apparently, post-election unanimity is that Democrats were missing a narrative that connects progressive and populist policies to how it will benefit, “a broad economic message to enthuse supporters…” according to…

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Disrespect for President Obama Causes Contempt for All Americans

November 10, 2014
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usa

Not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political party, supported their president, the United States was viewed as a mecca for the best and brightest the world had…

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If Democrats Lose the Midterms It’s Their Own Fault

October 30, 2014
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If Democrats Lose the Midterms It’s Their Own Fault

Let me be brutally honest; if the Democrats lose like they’re supposed to lose according to polls, they have nobody to blame but themselves. With the GOP’s intensely anti-Main Street…

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Don’t Get Used to Lower Gas Prices-Big Ethanol is Pouting

October 22, 2014
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ethanol

Weakening demand for gasoline–which also affects ethanol producers–is getting ready to hit the front pages of a few major news outlets–but you won’t see this on any televised news–and not for a reason…

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GOP Budgets: If Math Doesn’t Work Alter Scoring Method

October 13, 2014
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GOP Budgets: If Math Doesn’t Work Alter Scoring Method

Last month, in a speech to the Financial Services Roundtable, GOP “budget guru” Rep. Paul Ryan floated a few ideas for the assumed Republican Senate majority. “Our rules in Congress require that…

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Why I’m Worried About Slack in Unemployment Rate

October 3, 2014
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slack

In regards to today’s unemployment number release showing the lowest rate since before the George Bush housing collapse (it came in at 5.9 percent), I feel it’s my obligation to…

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Re-Writing History is GOP Politics 101

September 29, 2014
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Cartoon - Why Study History

I used to think that the de-emphasis on math and science–not to mention the idiocy of kids ridiculing other kids for being smart–was the United States’ weakest link in our…

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The (non)Mysterious Vanishing Deficit

September 18, 2014
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The (non)Mysterious Vanishing Deficit

If I were to assume the persona of Sherlock Holmes, in explaining what has happened to the vanishing deficit, I would be inclined to make the following observation; “As a…

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Hey SCOTUS/GOP-Money is Property not Speech

September 11, 2014
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pesantsforplutocracy

Today the U.S. Senate voted on Senate Joint Resolution 19, a constitutional amendment that would once again allow the federal and state governments to place limits on political campaign spending because…

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The Extinction of American Democracy and Middle Class

September 1, 2014
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The Extinction of American Democracy and Middle Class

It seems appropriate to express the possible extinction of democracy and the American working class on a day that is supposed to honor them.  Why? Because Americans are sick of…

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Purchasing Power Initiative

By Dr. Richard Paul Recently, many people have been discussing the Pros and Cons of increasing the Minimum Wage. Both sides have some great debates…

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