Draconian: A Second Look At the GOP’s Cuts


Okay, perhaps I wasn't being fair yesterday when I slammed the Tea Party's proposed budget plan for the rest of the federal fiscal year (which runs until September 30). Maybe I was just being a sorry liberal, not caring about my children and grandchildren and the oppressive debt they are going to have to pay … Continue reading Draconian: A Second Look At the GOP’s Cuts

The Tea Party’s Foolish Budget Consistency


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. --Ralph W. EmersonOn Wednesday, after Hal Rogers said he would cut $36 billion from current-year federal expenditures, the Kentucky Republican chair of the House Appropriations Committee was dragged into a dark corner of the Congressional playground and threatened … Continue reading The Tea Party’s Foolish Budget Consistency

The NAACP: The Power Of A Relic


A finger bone. A bit of body ash. A piece of the True Cross. A single beard hair. Virtually every religious movement has its relics. The ancient Jews had the bones of Joseph, and later, a sample of manna, that mysterious substance that fed them through their forty year trek in the Canaanite desert. The … Continue reading The NAACP: The Power Of A Relic

The Delusion of Libertarianism


Libertarianism is basically the Marxism of the Right. If Marxism is the delusion that one can run society purely on altruism and collectivism, then libertarianism is the mirror-image delusion that one can run it purely on selfishness and individualism. Society in fact requires both individualism and collectivism, both selfishness and altruism, to function. Like Marxism, … Continue reading The Delusion of Libertarianism