Smashing the Golden Calf

 "I do believe that we could have gotten there today had it not been for this partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,"  said Republican Minority Leader John Boehner.But the truth is much more complicated (Isn't it always?). This bill was never going anywhere. Democrats were not going out on a … Continue reading Smashing the Golden Calf

The Cult of Republicanism

Could Republicanism be a sorry cousin to Scientology? Could the so-called "conservative movement" actually be a Jonestownish-kool-aid-swilling cult? Could all those people who are chanting "Drill, baby, drill!" be a half-degree removed from Heaven's Gate?Consider: twenty-eight years ago, Republicans swept into power with a promise to cut the size of government, interpret the constitution in … Continue reading The Cult of Republicanism

McCain/Palin 08: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

I would really like to like Sarah Palin. She's got a story that would make for one of those Hollywood light comedies starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pulliam. Little girls all over the country are taking notice: this could be the President after next. But each day, I'm growing more disgusted.Following her fact-challenged acceptance speech … Continue reading McCain/Palin 08: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

The Truthiness of Sarah Palin

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska , I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that … Continue reading The Truthiness of Sarah Palin