I worry about the harsh, judgmental, blinkered brand of politics that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson represents. I worry about his opposition to equal rights between heterosexuals and homosexuals. I worry about his eagerness to encourage panic about infectious diseases. I worry about his animosity to atheists, and his embrace of Creationist junk science. I […]
Mr. Troiano, you have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the prestigious Georgetown University. Surely someone, somewhere along the way to those two fine degrees taught you the fine art of citing your sources. It works like this:
When you pledge your congressional candidacy to the cause of slashing social security, medicare and medicaid […]
While it lectures the rest of us about the proper distribution of resources, Owe No has itself become an emblem of the failed application of resources. […]
Peter G. Peterson is not what most people would describe as college age. Nonetheless, he has the chutzpah to by running a campus activist organization called Up To Us. If it’s really Up To Us college students, then how come senior citizen Peter G. Peterson is running the show, and why won’t he pay the students doing his astroturf dirty work for him? […]
Barack Obama keeps on promising that, despite years of inaction, while he provided special breaks to encourage more drilling for petroleum and other dirty fossil fuels, he will eventually do something to confront the growing crisis of climate change.
Promises are easy to make. This week, Barack Obama has received the opportunity to finally take […]
Despite its repeated call for donations, Americans Elect never really had its hands on that much actual money. One man, the self-appointed Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman, apparently donated $8 million to get the group started. But as the corporation’s recently disclosed Form 990 reveals, despite paying $1,118,598 million in fundraising fees Americans Elect only […]
Before the legally-required 30-day deadline after my request, and with its two legally-available delays exhausted, the Americans Elect corporation sent its 2011 IRS Form 990 to me in the mail last week. Form 990 reveals organizational and financial information about a 501c4 corporation like Americans Elect, information in greater detail than Americans Elect has disseminated […]
The deal on public university education a generation ago: If you’ve made it in life, that’s great. Chances are you did it with help. So take a portion of your income and pay taxes to help others make the most of themselves through a low-cost public university education. When they succeed, they’ll take a portion […]
I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.
I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York […]
Name of the process in which Americans Elect rank and file members vote on which questions will be asked of the eventual Americans Elect presidential candidates in the “Platform of Questions”: Shape the Debate
Text of the question about the national debt that got the most member votes: “How do you plan to address our […]
When Barack Obama gave a speech in Columbus, Ohio last year, I turned out to protest Barack Obama’s surveillance practices. The other protesters who I met outside the speech, part of a small grassroots Tea Party presence, didn’t care so much about Barack Obama’s big brother spying powers; they’d supported George W. Bush after all. […]