They Don’t Really Care About Taxes, Folks

Republicans don't have to run on lower tax rates for the middle class. They just have promise to stick it to the "others" whether it's denying benefits or a path to citizenship, deportation, abusive policing, long prison sentences.
Digby

“Make America White Again”

What if angry working class whites aren't attracted to Trump because of economic anxiety? What if their “anxiety” is really just about simple racism — the fact that people they believe are inferior to them are becoming equal in society?
Digby

Wingnut Week In Review: Seig Hair

Donald Trump’s supporters are now yelling “Seig heil!,” and calling for a black man to be burned alive. Can we call them fascists now? Can we call them racists now?
Terrance Heath

With Latest Budget Deal, More Failure By Design

Government spending is not out of control. It's the negative effects of not spending what we should that are threatening to spiral out of control. For conservatives, there is evil genius in all this.
Isaiah J. Poole

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: The Republican Debate

In last night's debate, Republican presidential candidates responded to a shaken nation by serving up heavy doses of fear and insult. Yet in the midst of the hysteria and posturing, there were occasional glimpses of common sense.
Robert Borosage

The Republican Carnival Comes to Town

Donald Trump will be center stage at the Republican debate Tuesday night, flanked by a rising Sen. Ted Cruz and a flagging Dr. Ben Carson. Those are the front-runners. Enough said.
Robert Borosage

Marco Rubio: Foreign Policy Pretender

Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio has made his foreign policy acumen the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Only problem: what he believes is both wrong-headed and dangerous.
Robert Borosage

Put This Coal Kingpin in the Stocks

“Guilty,” declared all 12 West Virginia jurors, who convicted Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, of willfully conspiring to violate America’s mine safety laws. As a result of that conspiracy, 29 miners were killed.
Jim Hightower

Trump and the GOP: This Is Who They Are

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. “is not who we are as a party.” But Trump represents exactly what the GOP is, and what progressive must not let America become.
Terrance Heath

Wingnut Week In Review: A Tale of Two Shootings

Mass shootings in Colorado and California this week, brought out the worst in wingnuts this week, and reminded us that our biggest terrorist threats still come from right here at home.
Terrance Heath

So Much For Conservative Terror Scare Talk

You might have heard a few things about terror and ISIS in the last few weeks. You might not have heard that Republicans in Congress are blocking a vote to keep those terrorists from being able to buy guns.

So Much For Conservative Deficit Scare Talk

Republicans in Congress and the corporate-funded conservative echo chamber are temporarily pausing from scaring people with "deficit" propaganda and quietly passing a bunch of tax cuts for special interests.

Right-Wing Rhetoric Draws Blood

A Thanksgiving holiday marred by shootings should remind us that our biggest terrorist threat comes not from Syrian refugees fleeing extremist violence, but from homegrown right-wing extremists.
Terrance Heath

Welfare Reform’s Broken Promises Exposed Again

One of the remarkably few efforts to examine how welfare recipients actually fare once they get back into the workforce uncovers the inconvenient truth behind right-wing rhetoric about aid to low-income people.
Isaiah J. Poole

Wingnut Week In Review: Ugly Americans

In the worst of times, we need leaders who call us to heed “the better angels of our nature.” In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, right-wing media, officeholders, and candidates have instead embodied the term “ugly American.”
Terrance Heath

The Perils of Circus Politics

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader as president. Yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns. How have we come to this? Yet our process for c

Wingnut Week In Review: Tempest in a Coffee Cup

Does it seem like the “War on Christmas” comes earlier every year? ’Tis barely the season yet, and this week wingnuts are seeing red about Starbuck’s decidedly minimalist holiday cups.
Terrance Heath

13 More of Ben Carson’s Craziest Beliefs

In Ben Carson Republicans have found a candidate who truly makes George W. Bush look like an intellectual giant, and yet another representative of a right-wing culture in which belief is more important than knowledge.
Terrance Heath

Paul Ryan vs. the People

Paul Ryan paints himself as a champion of “the people” over “Washington.” But the “people” the new House speaker defends are corporations. And the “Washington” he attacks is the one that does deliver for real people.
Richard Kirsch

Why The Vote On Ohio’s Gerrymandering Ban Matters

Ohioans are voting on Issue One, a constitutional amendment to ban political gerrymandering that could cure much of what ails our government and fix our broken political process.
Terrance Heath

Wingnut Week In Review: The Walking Jeb

Jeb Bush says his campaign is not on life support, and he’s right. It’s long past that point. Bush’s campaign is more like “the walking dead”; lifeless, but lumbering along just this side of the grave.
Terrance Heath

What Did Rubio Actually Say?

Sen. Marco Rubio has been christened the winner of the last debate by the pundits after staring down Jeb Bush's attack on his senatorial attendance record. But what did he actually say about his ideas and policies?
Bill Scher

The CNBC Republican Debate: Bring In the Clowns

Arithmetic was the first casualty in the CNBC Republican Presidential debate. Logic became collateral damage. What John Kasich scorned as "fantasies" of those "who cannot do this job" ruled the night.
Robert Borosage
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