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Entries by Joseph A. Palermo from 12/2009

California: Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

| Posted 12.01.2009 | Los Angeles

Scwharzenegger and the Republicans who control California's finances have concluded it's not even worth trying to compete with India and China anymore, as evidenced by the "restructuring" of the California State University system.

Afghanistan, "So It Goes"

| Posted 12.01.2009 | Politics

As with Vietnam, the problem in Afghanistan is political, not military. The United States can stay there forever if we want to -- but is it worth it?

Obama's Nobel Lecture: Speaking Truth From Power?

| Posted 12.15.2009 | Politics

Obama's Nobel lecture might have showed us that the US has reached a turning point: either the national security monster we've created is going to eat us alive by bankrupting the country or we're going to have to shift course.

Senators, Thanks For Reminding Us Why We Don't Like You

| Posted 12.15.2009 | Politics

The fact that Lieberman retains his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee in the name of a political party he loathes illustrates the rot and decay of the Senate.

The Oligarchy Wins Again!

| Posted 12.21.2009 | Politics

The health reform bill the corporate oligarchy just purchased from the best Congress money can buy has investors stoked, as the soaring stock prices of health industry corporations reach a 52-year high point!

Alan Kuperman: Another Benny Morris School Armchair General

| Posted 12.24.2009 | Politics

Kuperman doesn't see Iranians responding to the bombing of their homeland by taking to the streets and chanting "Death to the Great Satan!" He sees grateful yokels yelling "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"

A Decade Far Worse Than a "Big Zero" (1999-2009)

| Posted 12.29.2009 | Politics

We can call the 2000s the "Worse Than Zero" decade or the "Big Zero," or anything we wish, but what characterized it most for me was the near total control of corporations, especially over our civic institutions.

A Lesson for Obama: President Kennedy's Stand Against the Steel Industry

| Posted 12.30.2009 | Politics

The public supported Kennedy's tough stand by a margin of 58 to 22 percent and the President's approval rating stood at 73 percent.