What's going on is something of a hypocrisy test. If socialism is bad, if Obamacare is bad, if income redistribution is bad, well, how can two hundred million in corporate subsidies be good?
Republicans like McConnell love to talk about bureaucrats gumming up the works. But what they really want is to get government out of the business of protecting consumers and workers from unscrupulous corporations, too many of whom will take every chance they get to maximize profits without concern for the dangers those risks pose to the rest of us.
Are elite college professors really overpaid? A few are, perhaps, but you have to ask: compared to whom? We've reached a point in this country where astronomical paydays are deemed acceptable as long as they occur in the private sector -- and merely decent earnings in the public sector are suspect.
To my great sadness, the modern conservative movement has devolved into something quite different from the kind of Bob Dole conservatism I grew up around. It's not necessarily more conservative, mostly just a whole lot meaner. It is important to note, though, that there are two different kinds of meanness that animate it, and they are very different from each other.
We continue our running series of taking a serious look at all the announced candidates for president with two new entries this week. Republican Lindsey Graham made his formal announcement, and Democrat Lincoln Chafee is also set to announce his candidacy.
Republicans in my home state of North Carolina are trying to triple the existing harmful 24-hour delay before having an abortion (House Bill 465). The medical evidence has been clear for decades: delays of any source in obtaining an abortion increase the risk with no benefit to the woman.
The conventional wisdom among Democrats is that Rubio's departures from Republican orthodoxy will doom him in the primaries. This is a curious strategy for Democrats since it relies on the Republican right to rescue Clinton from a formidable opponent. It also is likely wrong.
The public demurs from facing reality and accepting measures that might fix the problems, based on a misplaced--and manipulated--appreciation of self-reliance and freedom, O'Kane explains and illustrates.
The world capitalist economic system has become so dysfunctional in the 21st Century that it cannot be defended rationally, but requires a particular moral/political ideology grounded in the assumption that human beings are fundamentally to be defined as free, autonomous and rational individuals.
I'm often asked by some family and some friends, "How did you become such a Liberal?" Usually not that nicely, but you can guess the rest. The questio...
There's a real progressive critique of the Clintons to be made. Hillary is aware of it, and is taking political steps to shore up her left flank. But trying to create a genuine political problem by having right-wingers tweet messages they don't believe to progressives who know what's going on? That's a prescription for irrelevance.
President Obama's stance on TPP is that Americans should trust him. But even for those who fundamentally support free trade, the experience of the last half-century is hard to square with the president's conviction.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked a good question last month. He wanted to know, "What is the environmental platform of the Republican Party?" Graham said he doesn't know and suggested that it's time for his party to do some "soul searching." He is right to suggest some soul searching, but I'm surprised he doesn't know the party's platform.
You don't have to know much about the "trade" deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be more than a little suspicious.
We can expect the right-wing echo chamber -- including Fox News hosts, Tea Party politicians, and Rush Limbaugh -- to attack Sanders for espousing an ideology that they'll likely describe as foreign, European, and un-American. But Sanders's views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition.
Explaining why Dr. Carson was disinvited from speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention last month, Baylor University History Professor Thomas S. Kidd writes "Carson has also made statements about Muslims, Jews and Christians all being "God's children," perhaps implying that there are multiple paths to God."