Social Security Is Not A Ponzi Scheme, Private Health Insurance Is

Social Security Is Not A Ponzi Scheme, Private Health Insurance Is

The term ‘Ponzi scheme’ is pithy. It’s easy to remember. It rolls right off the tongue and it fits nicely on a bumper sticker. For the rabid right, it had all the attributes for a great talking point in going after their number one target, Social Security.

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Robert Reich Explains the Credit Downgrade in a Way Even the Tea Party Can Understand

Robert Reich Explains the Credit Downgrade in a Way Even the Tea Party Can Understand

For your Tea Party friends, who believe that the United State’s credit downgrade, from AAA to AA+ is a good thing, let the smartest guy in the room do the arguing for you (in a way that even they can understand).

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American Infrastructure Is Being Built By The Chinese, NOT Americans

American Infrastructure Is Being Built By The Chinese, NOT Americans

Republicans in Congress have been objecting to new infrastructure spending that would put Americans to work repairing and rebuilding bridges, highways, schools, airports, skyscrapers, high speed rail lines, and clean energy industries. Now we may know why.

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Obama’s Job Speech Leaves Republicans Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Obama’s Job Speech Leaves Republicans Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The President, of course, anticipated the ‘press releases, Tweets, media’ proclaiming the impossibility of bridging the differences and actually coming to some agreement.

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Explaining 9/11

Explaining 9/11

After ten years, what’s the easiest way to review, clearly and briefly, the events around Sept. 11, 2011? Perhaps the best way is to imagine you had to explain Sept. 11, 2001 to a child.

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Selective Memory: Right-Wing Outraged Over Hoffa Metaphor, Ignore Own Rhetoric

Selective Memory: Right-Wing Outraged Over Hoffa Metaphor, Ignore Own Rhetoric

The right wing’s latest effort to make us think the liberals are coming to get us with guns blazing? Ridiculously attempting to turn an enthusiastic call for Americans to get out and vote in November 2012 as an incitement of violence.

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Warfare Between The Classes

Warfare Between The Classes

We hear it all the time from Republicans, that the poor are waging class warfare against the rich and that any taxes levied against the rich are no more than a redistribution of wealth. I reject this Republican claim and contend that the wealthy are the ones waging class warfare and they are doing it with the complete backing of the GOP.

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To Those Who Are Ignorant of the Past

To Those Who Are Ignorant of the Past

A lot of people love to talk about fascism coming to the United States, draped in a flag and carrying a cross. Well, maybe that’s so; but I happen to think that it’ll come the way good old-fashioned fascism came to Germany. In fact, it’s almost here now.

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Liberals and Progressives, ‘Arise And Fight!”

Liberals and Progressives, ‘Arise And Fight!”

As liberals and progressives, it is time for us to define ourselves in and on our own terms. For far too long and without credible competent contestation, conservatives have defined and driven the narrative of what it means to be liberal and progressive. Let’s be frank and honest.

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The Tea Party As Victims Of Left-Wing Persecution And Hate Rhetoric? Who Knew?

A Tea Party member displaying violent rhetoric.

The tea party wants an apology for what they believe is ugly, hate-filled rhetoric directed at them, even though the tea party is responsible for a lot of ugly, violent, hate-filled rhetoric.

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A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

How does Joe Middle-Class Republican spend his day?

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Obama and the Arab Spring

Obama and the Arab Spring

Earlier this year, we were jubilant when Tunisia ejected Zine El-Abidel Ben Ali, and even more so when the people of Egypt soon after booted Hosni Mubarak from power. As defenders of freedom and the will of the people, we were elated to see these two countries rise up and overthrow their tyrannical dictators.

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Labor Day: Brought To You In Part By The Enemy

Image from: http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2010/09/happy-labor-day.html

If you oppose unions you probably shouldn’t celebrate Labor Day, and you probably don’t know the history of Labor Day.

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The Wealthy Don’t Create Jobs; Good Jobs Create The Wealthy

The Wealthy Don’t Create Jobs; Good Jobs Create The Wealthy

What came first, the wealthy or the building blocks of wealth? This is no idle ‘chicken or the egg’ question. Major political players base real policies with serious impact on their own answer to the question. What if most of them are getting it wrong? What if getting it wrong could wreck the system and ransack wealth?

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How Obama Emerged from Aug. 31 Hullabaloo Looking Not So Shabby – No, Really!

Photo by BGNES

Yeah, I was pretty pissed at the President yesterday, too. I mean, COME ON!! Really??!! ANOTHER thing your detractors can say you ‘caved’ on? And then two separate ideas made their way into my head.

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Rick Santorum Thinks LGBT People Are Waging A ‘Jihad’ Against Him

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

When a Republican uses hatred and fear of gays to propel themselves into public office, it’s fairly textbook and hardly newsworthy. Not surprisingly, in the GOP presidential race there seems to be a trend towards proud homophobia.

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Michele Bachmann’s Not the Problem

From: Citizen Orange

Michele Bachmann exists as a symptom and a distraction. While the Left (and others) write endlessly about Bachmann, what we need to do is address the ignorant nationalistic and Dominionist right-wing ideology from which she sprang.

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A Heapin’ Helpin’ of Texas Hoax

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)

Rick Perry has spent the better part of the last two weeks touting his ‘Jobs Miracle’ within the great state of Texas. His assertion is essentially that while the rest of the nation has suffered with seriously high unemployment rates, the state in which he has been governor since 2000 has actually flourished.

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Crackhead Economics

Winnie The Pooh economics. Image from http://analytical.wikia.com/wiki/Economics

The general conservative consensus goes something like this: corporations would love to come back to the United States, but big government liberalism would only rake them over the coals again with unfair, high taxes if they do decide to return. This is the type of conservative propaganda that passes for ‘gospel’ in places like Arkansas, since no one deigns to mention the fact that taxes under the Obama administration are actually lower.

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Does the Christian Coalition Really Endorse Slavery?

Image from Susan Walsh/Associated Press

American Way is moving their offices and are archiving all the random material they have collected over the years, one of the things they have found was a Christian Coalition leadership manual from 1990. This little gem either endorses slavery explicitly, or at least argues that work relationships should be modeled after those Bible verses that clearly endorse slavery.

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