No doubt who’s responsible for the crisis, until there is


"The American people expect in Washington, when we have a crisis like this, that the leaders will sit down and have a conversation." - House Speaker John Boehner, Sunday, on ABC'c This Week with George Stephanopoulos Really, Mr. Speaker? That may be true if it were a crisis caused by uncontrollable or unforeseen forces, but… Continue reading No doubt who’s responsible for the crisis, until there is

Government shutdown fills Congress’ coffers – not yours


War brings camaraderie. The men and women who fought World War Two, what Tom Brokaw called America's "Greatest Generation," came together to fight a war, and taking care of your buddy in a foxhole taught them that we all have to watch out for each other. It's how we achieved victory, and when the war… Continue reading Government shutdown fills Congress’ coffers – not yours

War on Obamacare is murdering America


Your lives are being stalked, America, by an elephant wearing a red, white and blue waistcoat, carrying a gun supplied by the National Rifle Association, with a war chest supplied by fossil fuel millionaires like the Koch Brothers, and a hunting license granted by an ignorant and ill informed electorate that will be among the… Continue reading War on Obamacare is murdering America

Affordable Care Act Upheld!


This is a a summary of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision, from Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the… Continue reading Affordable Care Act Upheld!

The Effluence of Influence


"On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh." - Rachel Carson, in her seminal book about the unchecked use of pesticides in post-war America ,… Continue reading The Effluence of Influence

Pin the label on the American


I am an American. It’s a label we wear like a lapel pin, often literally. We insist that it be on our politicians so we know they are Americans too, especially if they don’t have an American name, like Smith, Jones or Grant, Rosetti, O’hara or Goldberg. Why do we do that? Because we have… Continue reading Pin the label on the American