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Why Government Spending Is the Solution, Not the Problem

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

Markets do not self-regulate in ways that avoid major financial upheavals and activist government is required as a counterbalancing force.

An Honest Display of Lying

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

What's the point of having a discussion with someone when you already know the outcome? "So, what did you think of your boy Obama's speech the other night?" I was asked on the train.

9/12 Health Care Protest In Chicago (PICTURES)

Aemilia Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aemilia Scott

Ah, death panel posters. Signs like this are the "Don't Stop Believing" of political slogans. Poorly written, fantasy-based, and yet somehow still a huge hit in the Midwest.

#912DC Tag Fires Up Twitter, Protesters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Conservative protesters are marching on Washington D.C. today against President Obama's policies, most notably his proposed reform of America's health...

Tea Party Protester: "We Think The Muslims Are Moving In And Taking Over" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE (8:43 p.m. EST): NBC has replaced this woman's comment about Muslims with a less inflammatory comment: "I'm scared to death for my country. I ...

Thanks Glenn Beck -- This 'Socialism' Sounds Great!

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Capitalism has been given a pass while Americans struggle. When will capitalism be a word as dirty as socialism?

Obama Presses Hard to Unite Dems on Healthcare and Slaps Down Republican "Demagoguery"

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The President's speech was so powerful it probably sent many of the nation's health insurance industry robber barons into economic cardiac arrest.

On Wednesday, the President Has to Move the Health Care Debate from a Marketplace of Lies to a Marketplace of Ideas

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If outright lies end up killing health care reform, the Republicans will have won, but, more importantly, the American people will have lost.

The New McCarthyists: Fear and Smear

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

New McCarthyists conjure "socialism," "communism," "marxism," and other "shocking labels" to drum up hate-mongering.

The Many Flavors of Kool-Aid®

Suzanne Langlois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzanne Langlois

Last night I went to a town hall meeting in West Hartford hosted by representative John Larsen. I planned to sit in on the health care reform debate inside, but the real story was happening outside.

Obama Supporters Angry But Well Behaved

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Instead of looking for the real story on health care, reporters across America are looking for ways to turn it into a better, more sensational tale. A small, loud minority is getting all of the attention.

Who Will Be Hurt if the Democrats Pass Health Care Alone

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If the Democrats pass the health care bill, and are able to do it with a public option, the Republicans will have once again put themselves on the opposing side of groundbreaking legislation.

Minorities and Health Care: What's the Real Story?

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

While health care is in need of radical reform for millions of Americans, minorities and especially blacks have historically suffered disproportionately from poor or non-existent health care.

Friday Talking Points [91] -- Win One For Teddy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Calling for some sort of decorous avoidance of politics during politicians' funerals is downright ridiculous. It'd be like eulogizing Charles Lindbergh and not mentioning airplanes.

These Days It's Dimes That Are a Dime a Dozen

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

As an inveterate stooper-for-pennies, however, I've noticed a recent significant change on the streets of Manhattan. Yes, plenty of pennies are dropped. But just as often nowadays it's dimes that turn up on the pavement.

Firing Squads and Death Panels

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

My grandmother was one of the first people a pacemaker was used on. A lot of very sincere people believe that if Obama's health care reform bill passes, old people will essentially be facing death panels and denied care.

New Protest Signs at Town Hall Rallies

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

If you haven't seen them, some clever folks started showing up at these town hall protests with faux signs that make light of these Fox-fed people ranting and raving about Nazis and whatnot.

8th Grader To Bennet: "Do You Think That Obama Is Attempting To Start A Socialist Revolution?"

The Boulder Daily Camera | Michael Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Students at Westlake Middle School showed they were tuned in to this summer's roiling political debate when U.S. Sen. Michael Ben...

Obama as the Joker? Holy Dumbass, Batman!

Aemilia Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aemilia Scott

In the films, Batman is all about doing the dirty work that the public needs, but doesn't necessarily want. Sound familiar?

No One Wants to Talk About Their Idiots

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We need a third political movement in this country -- not today's ideological right or left, who pander to idiots, but a group of radical centrists who step past their initial ignorance, fear, and prejudice, and actually think through solutions to our problems, borrowing ideas from all sides.

Americans Want Universal Access to Graveyards

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Julia Gorin

I've often been astounded to hear the following sentence from Americans after they've learned that I escaped from the Soviet Union: "But at least everyone had medical coverage there."

Don't Hate Whole Foods Because of Health Care...

Aemilia Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Aemilia Scott

I've got news for you: Whole Foods is lame. It's been lame for a long while now.

It's Not Over Until You've Tried These Six Things, Mr. President

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warmowski

Notice that the insurance industry-funded opposition to reform is well-managed enough to not send shouters and swastika sign-wavers to the town halls you are scheduled to appear at.

Abolish the Nazi-Commie Nightmare of Public Firefighting

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

If we seize this moment, if we maintain this momentum, we can give our children an America free from the totalitarian, communist abomination of public firefighting.

Hey Wait, Socialism Is Here Already?

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

S-word users conveniently ignore (and are hoping we are to dumb to notice) that in America, many things are provided by the government, yet for some reason are not decried as "socialist" initiatives.