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On Valentine's Day: Love Your Sweetheart, But Break Up With Your Big Bank

(19) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 3:49 PM

Valentine's Day is approaching, and we should all, especially in these difficult times, show our significant others all the affections we feel for them. We say "especially in these difficult times" only because that is when an extra smile, or kiss, or other sign of affection can mean so much....

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Obama's Brilliance Shows Democrats' Incompetence to Push Their Agenda

(89) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 10:15 AM

--"I don't give'm hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell." -- Harry Truman

--"90% of life is just showing up"--Woody Allen

Have you ever wondered how it is possible that the Republicans still control the national dialogue despite Democrats' control of the House,...

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'Guerilla War' to Combat Supreme Court Campaign Finance Fiasco

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 8:33 AM

More than a month ago, we warned of this decision ("Supreme Court About to Hand Government to Republicans, Again: This Time Forever", December 17, 2009). Among other points, the article noted that the Fortune 100 companies have $600B in annual profits, that is, free cash after all expenses. That's what...

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Larry Summers' Genius Clouds His Judgment: Regulating the Banks Will Not Work

(11) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 8:11 AM

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever does"-Margaret Mead

Larry Summers, the President's point man on the economy and financial regulation, is said to be a genius. With the DNA of two Nobel Laureate economists...

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There Is Nothing 'Collateral' About It When You Suffer the Damage

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 9:14 AM

Now you don't talk so loud/Now you don't feel so proud/ About havin' to be scroungin' for your next meal"-Bob Dylan

It is not that the big banks themselves are "too big to fail." They are too big because they can cause all of us to fail. In...

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We Just Launched Why Everyone, Left, Right, Center, Must Join

(17) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 9:06 AM

-"I don't want these guys forced to take their shoes off in airport security lines with every one else" - CNBC commentator Melissa Francis on whether the bailed-out banks should provide private jets for their CEOs.

Thanks to the big banks, we are all in pain, a lot of...

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Will John Boehner Really Say "Thanks But No Thanks" To Stimulus Funds?

(90) Comments | Posted February 18, 2009 | 1:51 PM

The stimulus has passed. In addition to voting against it, Republicans are all over the airwaves trashing it.

The leader of their pack is John Boehner, the man with a tan. According to him, the stimulus will not create jobs. According to Michael Steele, the new RNC Chair, if you...

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George Bush: A Failed Presidency That Broke Faith with the American People

(9) Comments | Posted September 8, 2008 | 10:24 AM

A failed presidency is no happy matter for the country. Thus, this article is written in sorrow.

A breach of faith is even worse. Thus, this article is also written with indignation.

George Bush's presidency has failed on foreign and domestic policy. It has failed to faithfully execute...

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The Second Best Strategy To End The War In Iraq

(26) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 11:42 AM

We have previously explained that the Democrats have no excuse for not bring the Iraq War to an end, as they were elected to do. Their complaint about not having enough votes to override a Bush veto, or end a Senate filibuster, is not persuasive because they could have told...

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An Obama-McCain General Election Agreement: Neutering The 527s

(51) Comments | Posted April 15, 2008 | 5:41 PM

John McCain has promised a "respectful" campaign. He cannot match Barack Obama's fundraising ability and would like both candidates to agree to federal limits.

Without a solution to the inevitable 527 problem, however, Barack Obama should not agree to restrict his general election funds to the federal grant. John...

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The Only Question For General Petraeus That Might Actually End The War

(30) Comments | Posted April 7, 2008 | 4:27 PM

Several articles have appeared with superb questions for General Petraeus when he appears before the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees this week, seeking the next $100B dollop of cash for this debacle. These are geared to getting admissions from Petraeus about what is really happening, or what the...

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