It is the electorate's fault that we have allowed corporations to hijack our government, influence politicians to deregulate their industries and then save them when they fail.
Yesterday in Tennessee, in a narrow vote swung by just six percent, the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize the Chattanooga Volkswagen workers fell short, 712-626. The 'yes' votes began to fade away in the final two weeks due to a barrage of billboards like the following...
Resistance to immigration reform is, in many ways, a last grasp at salvaging the majority; but sociology is a tidal wave that inchoate outrage cannot stanch.
Republicans believe, for example, that business should be free from the kind of government regulation that would prevent chemical companies from spewing poison into West Virginia drinking water. When it comes to freedom for workers, though, the GOP is all about squelching that.
With Chris Christie's ongoing Bridgegate "scandal," U.S. democracy might be joining the New Jersey governor's political future, going the way of the Dodo bird as well.
What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.
The partisan divide is as deep today as it perhaps has ever been. Even so, as demonstrated by the imminent passage of the first budget deal in almost five years, the landscape can change rapidly. The next big sea change seems relatively easy to predict...
One of the most profitable corporations in America is having a holiday food drive. But wait... there's a catch. The food drive is for the company's own underpaid, poverty-stricken workers. You really can't make this stuff up
In the radio version of Father Knows Best, the patriarch was an arrogant potentate. He would say, for example, "What a bunch of stupid children I have!" That is how Republicans have always regarded workers. Now they've revealed they feel the same way about CEOs.
The image of Joe McCarthy, a Catholic farm boy from the upper mid-west, being humiliated by the Episcopalian, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard lawyer is an enduring one that reflects the historic animosities between Main Street and Wall Street Republicanism.
Residents of the 10 American states with highest support for the Norquist Pledge have shorter life expectancies than those in the 10 states with least support for the Pledge. So it seems appropriate to ask -- is the Norquist small government philosophy bad for your health?
Republicans are seeking to take credit for piecemeal restoration of particular federal services -- ranging from the parks to NIH research to food stamps -- they think will be particularly popular in their districts, protecting them from constituent backlash against the furloughs and service cut-backs.
The threat made by the Grumpy Obstructionist Party (GOP) is simple: "Gimme what I want or I'll kill the government." Democrats refused to pay the ransom by defunding the Affordable Care Act, so the GOP defunded the federal government.
Even among the few thousand members of the power elite, there are a small number whose influence is greater than the others. Here is a list of the 20 most influential members of the power elite.
Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...
Open Debates will be a game changer in our political process -- ensuring that questions get asked that the public actually cares about. What starts in Massachusetts will hopefully become the norm for local, state, congressional, and even presidential debates in the future.