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Monday, April 12, 2010

Our crumbling infrastructure must be repaired

If there is any subject that enrages those who now call themselves conservatives, it is federal spending—and especially the stimulus program enacted by the Democratic administration and Congress last year. The government can do nothing right, they say. The stimulus was pure waste that created no jobs at all. The country would be better off without Washington...
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Right-wing ralliers will be armed

When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation. Clearly, that report—an innocuous nine-page document commissioned by the previous Republican administration—had been conjured...
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Monday, March 29, 2010

False attacks against health care reform could hurt Republicans

Listening to right-wing talk radio on the day after Congress passed health care reform, Bill O'Reilly was stunned. To him, the hosts and the callers sounded "crazed" as they shrieked about "the end of the world, we're socialist now, we have to take the country back." Maybe the FOX News host hasn't been listening, but for many months there has been plenty of crazy going around...
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Social justice comes under attack

Demagogues often prosper under the rules of democracy, intimidating the moderate and preying on the weak-minded. But in a healthy society, such figures cannot cross a final threshold of decency without jeopardizing their own status—and today's right-wing nihilists seem to be on the verge of doing just that. When Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president, questions...
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Liz Cheney invents, then smears the “Al Qaeda 7”

The national madness known as "McCarthyism" began 60 years ago in Wheeling, W.V., when Joseph R. McCarthy held up a scrap of paper that supposedly listed the names of 57 State Department officials he said were actually Communists and traitors. Eventually, America learned that the Wisconsin Republican's famous list was a fabrication, that he was a liar and a demagogue as well as an alcoholic...
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Government regulation could save your life

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday. For those of us unfamiliar with geological terminology, it may come as a shock that the Chilean quake, rated 8.8 on the Richter scale...
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Torture isn’t necessary

Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi-driver-turned-terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong. By convicting Zazi and pursuing the leads that his capture and interrogation have provided, the FBI has shown that traditional American methods—rather than the "enhanced...
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

Paul Ryan’s plan would subsidize the private insurance industry

For voters listening to the Republican leadership over the past year, the most startling surprise was the shift in their attitude toward Medicare. Where faithfulness to true conservatism was once measured by fierce hostility to the popular insurance program for the elderly, as articulated by Ronald Reagan at the birth of Medicare in 1965, today the Republicans claim to be its staunchest...
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Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

Bush and Republicans liked criminal prosecutions of terror suspects

Preparing for what they hope will be their return to power in Washington, Republican congressional leaders have revived the fear-mongering and flag-flapping used by Karl Rove to win the 2002 midterm elections. Like the former White House deputy, forever known to his boss as "turd blossom," the right-wing strategists on Capitol Hill feel no shame in arousing the basest of emotions among their base...
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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Republicans support bankers and corporations, not voters

The most revealing moments in President Obama's “State of the Union” address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle. When he proposed to recover a "financial responsibility fee"—in plain English, a bank tax—from the largest and most heavily leveraged Wall Street firms, the Republicans sat on their hands and scowled, while...

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