Reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and Take Back the Economy

There is so much that is troubling about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. It’s a guaranteed disaster. That said, the time to have headed off this situation was 20 years ago. Cable systems, as they were originally conceived, were granted monopolies in their respective communities because municipal authorities envisioned dozens

Republicans Have Overseen the Creation of a Lottery Capitalism That’s Bad For Nearly Everyone

If we teach voters nothing else this very important election year, it has to be that the Republican Party’s treatment of the economy has no positives for anyone except the very rich. I know calling the only people the GOP loves “the 1%” is convenient, but the reality is, the

Cutting the Crap on Net Neutrality Scare Tactics

Look, I don’t know whether are people are actually ignorant of what net neutrality is and how it works, or they’re just pretending to be, to raise money from the extremely gullible. Either way, we have to get smarter about this. I received this email from The Daily Kos this

Dear Right Wingers; Free Speech Isn’t What You Think

The first thing everyone – especially those in today’s Republican Party – should understand is that “free speech” and “the First Amendment” are not interchangeable terms. Free speech is assumed to exist, while the First Amendment requires that government protect that pre-existing right for everyone. That means everyone, at least since

If You Think Both Parties Are the Same, You’re Nuts

Those of you who have read this blog for a while know that it’s not a typical progressive blog at all. For example, instead of constantly complaining that Democrats aren’t perfect enough, I take the current Republican Party. I will continue to do exactly that until such time as we progressives

Yes, of Course: George W. Bush Was the Worst President Ever

If you want to start a great, um, “conversation” with someone on the right, just say something that is brutally obvious and honest like…   George W Bush was the worst president in United States history.  That’s just my opinion, of course, and there may be a few historians who

The End of Progressive Defeatism

I had to run an errand last night. I had Norman Goldman on the radio. I don’t listen to him often, because I don’t trust a lot of what he says. But while I was listening, he asked his audience what they wanted to talk about; gun control or the

Why Republicans and Libertarians are Bad for Business – and Our Economy

It’s just a stone cold fact; if a business is so close to the edge that an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 (especially over 2-3 years) would put them out of business, they were destined for failure anyway. This is not difficult to figure out for

If the Republicans are So Awesome, Why Do They Always Have to Cheat?

You know, if you were to listen to the right wing cranks who inhabit the current Republican Party, you’d think they were geniuses when it comes to running government. And if you listen to the professional left, you would think the GOP was a group of brilliant political geniuses who