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Another Conservative Myth Busted -- Did Fannie and Freddie Really Cause the Financial Sector Meltdown?

(17) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 5:51 PM

Another Big Lie circulating among conservatives is the belief that the Wall Street meltdown was caused by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Rep. Barney Frank or some combination thereof. David Brooks and George Will blame liberal compassion for the meltdown in...

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How Did Republicans Get to the Right of Milton Friedman?

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 4:35 PM

Republicans have rejected what would come to be known as Keynesian economics since FDR created huge public works programs employing millions to drag us out of the Great Depression. Their oracle became Milton Friedman who revived classical economics, which celebrated free market policies. While Keynes believed in fiscal policy, i.e.,...

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Why Is Romney So Casual About the JPMorgan Chase $3 Billion Loss?

(45) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Why is Romney so seemingly casual about JPMorgan Chase Bank's recent loss of $3 billion? Immediately, 10 percent was shaved off the stock price and bank analysts were talking about the mega-bank possibly cutting its quarterly dividend if losses continue to mount? In the...

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How Are ALEC Laws Undermining Our Democracy?

(69) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 3:21 PM

How is model legislation drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) undermining democracy? ALEC, which bears a striking resemblance to the evil law firm in the film The Devil's Advocate, is a "bill churning mill" which uses corporate money to draft model legislation that advances the agenda of the...

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I'll Raise You a Santa Claus

(10) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Back in the early days of the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover may have committed political suicide for the Republican party with his inaction, but he was at least acting consistently with his belief in small government and free markets. Republicans were the "no Santa Claus party," the party...

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Why Is the GOP Ignoring Its Own Climate Scientists About Climate Change?

(122) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 2:38 PM

According to a fascinating article by Katherine Bagley prosaically titled "GOP Not Listening to its Own Climate Scientists on Climate Change," a group of prominent conservative scientists, many of them evangelicals, approached conservative politicians to educate them on climate change and predictably the pols have not "warmed," shall...

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Knocking Down Conservative Myths One by One: Did Obama Really Hand Over the Keys of the Auto Manufacturers to the Unions?

(41) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 9:19 AM

"As of February 2012, the [United Auto Workers] trust holds a 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler and a 10.3 percent stake in General Motors," according to Politifact.com. Eventually, the trust will own 39 percent of General Motors and 55 percent in Chrysler once the trust is fully

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Why the Republican Assault on Reason?

(195) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 3:13 PM

According to a 2008 Pew report, better educated conservatives deny climate change even more strenuously than less educated conservatives. Ironically, the greater the education the greater the dogmatism. Just when liberals thought education was the key to persuading conservatives about the science of climate change, it appears we...

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Austere Austerity: Will the Republican Prescription for the Economy Work?

(15) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 3:51 PM

"If you just cut -- if all you're thinking about is just cutting spending -- why as you cut spending you'll slow down the economy, so you have to at the same time create pro-growth tax policies." -- Mitt Romney last week during a town hall meeting in Michigan

Austerity...

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Should We Vote for Mitt Romney for His Business Acumen Alone?

(118) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 12:36 PM

Mitt Romney's business acumen is fabled. With an estimated net worth of $250 million, that is, give or take a few stock options, he will not be clipping coupons anytime soon. In the GOP primaries, his main selling point as a presidential aspirant is his business success at Bain Capital....

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Why the Republican Belief in So Many False Narratives?

(5) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:58 AM

Why do Republicans believe so many false narratives? No lock box in the world is as strong as their faith in the counterfactual, known to the rest of us as nonsense.

For example, we know the world is not 6,000 years old, but billions of years old. In fact,...

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Why Do Meteorologists Dismiss Climate Change Science?

(144) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 3:03 PM

John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel and the original weatherman on Good Morning America: "There isn't any climate crisis," he said. "It's totally manufactured."


Meteorologists are notoriously reluctant to accept climate change. Why so? Theirs is a profession that studies the weather, which is...

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Why the Republican War on Science?

(744) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 6:27 PM

This post is part of a Huffington Post series that showcases commentary from some of our most active and thoughtful users. See Marvin's commentary as HuffPost user Realpolitic here, and read his second piece below.

Conservatives have been engaged in a war against science for at least as...

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Karl Rove v. Dirty Harry

(99) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 2:12 PM

This post is part of a Huffington Post series that showcases commentary from some of our most active and thoughtful users. See Marvin's commentary as HuffPost user Realpolitic here, and read his piece below.

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