Barely a week goes by without Speaker Boehner whining about the need to approve Keystone XL right now. What Rep. Boehner never tells anyone when he discusses the project is that he stands to personally benefit from its approval. Boehner is invested in seven tar sands companies that will benefit from the pipeline’s construction. This is why Boehner keeps lying about the values and virtues of Keystone.
Is there are a “new” Mitt Romney? The recent film entitled Mitt would lead you to think so. However, there are some things that money won’t buy and a “new” Mitt Romney is one of them. If the Republican Party is desperate enough to consider nominating him again in 2016, there are three changes he must make to garner more votes than in 2012. He must run a fact-based campaign; he must disclose his taxes prior to 2010 and he must divorce Ann. In my opinion, she is not qualified to represent the US as First Lady.
During the 2012 campaign, I was accused of character assassination by one of Mitt’s supporters when I wrote about Mitt. My response was that character assassination is not possible if a candidate is without character. Before the election, I read a biography of Mitt’s father, George Romney, by Clark R. Mollenhoff. It was…
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Congress has left me confused. Stunned, actually, as well as bewildered, chagrined and slightly depressed. The GOP-dominated House has passed a bill that defies compassion, mathematics and common sense.
OK, so there’s nothing unusual about that. Point taken.
But the recent passage of a farm bill, after months of delay, is an especially sharp example of congressional priorities — protect the rich and punish the poor, comfort the comfortable while brutalizing the afflicted. The bill will cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), usually known as food stamps, while preserving subsidies for farmers, most of whom could get by quite nicely without help.
By contrast, many Americans are struggling with a globalized, roboticized economy that has devalued the average worker. The new economy has forced down wages, eliminated job security and abandoned traditional perks such as pensions. It is quite possible to work 40 or 50 hours a week and…
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