Almost two weeks before a “bomb train” carrying 3 million gallons of oil exploded in West Virginia, a House Republican who should have been demanding safety upgrades for oil tankers was blocking them instead.
Like Germany, the United States has its own austerity cult. For these cultists, as for the characters in our nation's newest hit movie, pain seems to have become an end unto itself.
The Christian right has a history of fanaticism extremism, and folly. Since the Reagan era, politicians have deployed these tendencies to appeal to the sensibilities and loyalties of ordinary Americans while picking their pockets.
After a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, “Ten Commandments” judge Roy Moore channelled governor George Wallace. The usual wingnuttery ensued.
The story is pretty much the same in conservative state after conservative state: The 1 percent pay a significantly lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than middle-income residents.
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.
Silicon Valley companies dodge taxes, and use some of the money to build luxurious, private bus lines for their employees. The rest of us are, literally, stuck with the result of these companies' tax scams.
This week, conservatives’ anti-science agenda blew up in their faces, Republican Aaron Schock landed in hot water for his interior design choices, and Bobby Jindal got an enlightening makeover.
America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. That anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism’s rejection of responsibility to the greater community.
Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
This budget pushes the country back toward sanity and has many steps in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go.
A discussion with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio shows in stark relief how Republicans are trying, and failing, to be seen as the party of the middle class.
This week, we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives’ love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and almost said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to a regular on “Wingnut Week In Review.”
The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
President Obama's middle-class economics will be a hard sell. That’s because Americans have been force-fed that voodoo, greed-is-good, grovel-before-the-rich, trickle-down financial philosophy for so very long.
Jeb Bush's address to the National Automobile Dealers Association attracted much positive press. He sounded like an adult. He was willing to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Just one problem: it didn't make any sense.
For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.
From anti-choice bills in the House, to threats of lawsuits over Muslim “no go zones,” this week showed that the wingnut brain is biggest “no go zone” of them all.
President Obama’s State of the Union Address, complete with a “mic drop” moment," couldn’t have annoyed Republicans more if he’d entered to the theme from Rocky, and exited to “How Ya Like Me Now.”
From Benghazi and Beyoncé, from former CIA Director David Petraeus to the terrorist attack in Paris, and beyond, this week was a smorgasbord of wingnuttery.
Ayn Rand's face seems to hover, pale and sepulchral, over everything today's GOP does. Her contempt for those in need seems to have seized possession of today's GOP like a demon in a B movie.
Like his predecessor, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Tom Price, the new chair of the House Budget Committee, has a conservative ideology that will undermine a recovery that hasn’t even reached many Americans.
The House adopted a new rule requiring lawmakers to take long-term macroeconomic effects into consideration when voting on tax and spending bills. This "dynamic scoring" has little to do with the way the economy actually works.
The New York Times notes that in the last four years, the IRS budget "has been cut by 17 percent after taking inflation into account." The passive "has been cut" language begs the question: Who cut the IRS budget?
Now that Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are poised to duke it out over donor checks and electability claims, will that provide an opening for a Tea Party presidential candidate to squeak past them?
Democrats suffered a shellacking in part because voters didn’t know who to blame for the dysfunctional do-nothing 113th Congress. Progressives now have the opportunity and duty to make clear who’s at fault.
This week, the world joined with the people of France in mourning and solidarity, following a deadly terrorist attack on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper. Wingnuts wasted no time scoring political points.
One of the first bills passed by the Republican House after being in session for three days was the "Save American Workers Act of 2015" - and by "save" Republicans meant saving 1.5 million workers from the burden of having health insurance.
Mitch McConnell’s goal for the new Republican-led Congress is simple: Don’t scare voters away from a GOP presidential candidate in 2016. Recent events, both silly and serious, suggest that will be an uphill battle.
House Republicans start the new Congress by declaring that tax cuts defy gravity and that future disability payments should be held hostage to set the stage for Social Security cuts.
Republicans have announced that their first order of business in the new Congress will be to try to force the Keystone Pipeline through. This prioritizing shows that they understand who paid their way to the dance.
It’s time to say goodbye to 2014, and wrap-up the first year of “Wingnut Week In Review.” But first, let’s trudge down memory lane and recall the best of the worse in wingnuttia this year.
On June 8, 2014, white, anti-government, tea party supporters shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers. Conservative media was conspicuously silent.
Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Conservative economic policy turned Kansas into a “smoking ruin.” Taking $55 million from Obamacare is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed artery. It won’t cure the conservative failure that ails Kansas.
Much of the initial analysis of Jeb Bush's candidacy centers on the question if he is too moderate to win the Republican primary. The more important question is if Jeb is too conservative to win the general election.
Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it’s fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis worse.
If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Only the worst kind of wingnut could conclude that America is “awesome” in spite of — or because of — “forced anal feeding and re-hydration” of detainees. But that’s what we heard this week.