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Robert Scheer

Christopher Hitchens: Reason in Revolt

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.15.2012 | Media
Robert Scheer

Sadly, a life force that I had assumed as an indissoluble part of our political and literary landscape, as well as my own close circle of friends, has ended, and with it an indispensable element of our collective moral code.

There Goes the Republic

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The defense authorization bill that will soon become law is not only a disaster in the making for civil liberty but a blow to effective anti-terrorist police work.

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The driving faith of the GOP has become the notion that the toxic mixture of moral hypocrisy and unfettered greed is a formula for victory. Newt Gingrich could be their man.

You Can Arrest an Idea

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The failure of the SEC or any other government agency to hold the banks accountable provides the essential justification for citizen action of the sort the Occupy movement has offered.

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.17.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

Only in America is the arrogance of the super-rich so perfectly concealed by the pretense of democracy that the 12th richest man in the nation can suppress dissent against corporate rapacity and expect his brutal actions to be viewed as necessary to providing sanitary streets.

California Refuses to Accept Obama's Banking Sellout

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Forget relying on the federal government to hold the Wall Street swindlers accountable. Indeed, the Obama administration has been involved in negotiating a deal with state attorneys general to settle their complaints with the banks for a pittance of compensation for the victims.

Too Big to Jail

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

Why has Robert Rubin, the onetime treasury secretary who went on to become Citigroup chairman during the time of the corporation's financial shenanigans, never been held accountable for this and other deep damage done to the U.S. economy on his watch?

Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Between 1979 and 2007, the average real income of the top 1 percent grew by an astounding 275 percent. And that is after payment of the taxes that the superrich and their Republican apologists find so onerous.

Let Them Eat Keller

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.19.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

Funny, he doesn't look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are "bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street," it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

If a Republican Were President

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

No doubt many reasonable Americans will view Obama as the lesser evil come election time, and for some that will prove compelling. But I take the dreary choices to be one akin to a form of slow torture. Better to support the Occupy Wall Street protests as an inspiring alternative.

Amnesty for the Indefensible

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

They will get away with it, at least in this life. "They" are the Wall Street usurers, people of a sort condemned in Scripture, who have brought more misery to this nation than we have known since the Great Depression.

The Biggest Little Hypocrite in Texas

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. The persistent appeal of the mythology of Texas as a model for the nation defies the lessons of logic and experience.

The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

Neither party has ever dared to use the deficit ceiling to blackmail the entire nation -- until now. And for that, the GOP is the party clearly at fault. But it is also true that it was Barack Obama who folded.

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What should have been an uneventful moment in which lawmakers make good on the nation's contractual obligations has instead been seized upon by Republican hypocrites to settle ideological scores.

Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

Obama's refusal to take the fight to Senate Republicans by nominating Elizabeth Warren should be taken as the vital measure of the man. This gutless decision comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

The Tea Party and Goldman Sachs: A Love Story

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

Between the faux populism of the tea party and the army of sellout ex-congressional staffers and politicians from both parties, the Washington fix in favor of Wall Street is in.

Yes to Violence, No to Sex

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This American life of ours has long been pro-violence and anti-sex, unless the two can be merged so that violence is the dominant theme. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that historical record on Monday.

The Bernanke Scandal: Full-Frontal Cluelessness

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

How I wish that Ben Bernanke would get caught emailing photos of his underwear-clad groin. Otherwise we don't stand a chance of reversing this administration's economic policy, which is shaping up to be every bit as disastrous as that of its predecessor.

Geithner and Goldman, Thick as Thieves

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

With the general "no banker left behind" program pursued by Tim Geithner under both George W. Bush and Obama, the theory was that saving the banks would save the country. The first part worked out brilliantly, but the second act never occurred.

Access Journalism: The Movie

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.25.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

Perhaps the main value of the book and film versions of Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big to Fail is the instruction they provide on the limits of mainstream journalism in the decade that led up to the meltdown.

What's the GOP Without Bin Laden?

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Republicans have lost their cherished patriotism card as a means of deflecting attention from an economy that exploded on their watch. Beating up on Medicare won't cut it as a platform when you don't have the specter of Osama bin Laden to scare voters.

Haiti: Seeding "Reconstruction" or Seeding Destruction?

Jane Regan | Posted 07.01.2011 | Green
Jane Regan

About a month ago, a team of journalists in Haiti released a nine-article study of a massive seed distribution that took place after the earthquake la...

The New Corporate World Order

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.20.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

It is argued that multinational corporations have the right to arrange their business as they see fit in order to maximize profit. But if that is the case, do beleaguered American taxpayers have to foot the bill?

The Peasants Need Pitchforks

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

Obama's Fatal Addiction

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Robert Scheer

Obama seems fatally addicted to the notion that the heavy hitters who got us into this financial mess are the very folks to be trusted to get us out of it.