There are many good reasons to disapprove of the 21st century war in Iraq. There are grounds of ethical integrity: the country rushed to war on the basis of lies. There are grounds of moral integrity: a third of a million people lost their lives in that war, more than 150,000 of them civilians. There […]
In the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary, some comparisons are simple. If you’ve been paying any attention at all over the last fourteen years, you know that the USA PATRIOT ACT has been a vehicle to vastly expand the surveillance powers of the federal government, breaching a variety of constitutional limits.
On October 25 2001, […]
Today saw the release of the Torture Report from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The CIA, whose “enhanced interrogation techniques” the report describes, has been trying to prevent the report’s release. The Central Intelligence Agency even engaged in criminal behavior to stop the facts in the report from being declassified. The agency sent spies into the […]
Yesterday, I wrote about the vote by 44 congressional Democrats, including the chair of the Democratic National Committee, to stop efforts to block funding for new American military involvement in war in Iraq. These Democrats voted to support efforts to get the USA involved in yet another Iraqi war.
However, these Democrats weren’t the only […]
Any effective Democratic Party strategy has to include a means of differentiating itself from the Republican Party. There are only two substantial political parties of any size in the USA, after all, and if citizens don’t believe that there is any serious difference between those two parties, voter turnout will drop to absurdly low levels.
No U.S. senator comes out of this vote looking good. The David Barron confirmation vote exposes the lot of them as opportunists who cannot be counted on to stand up for Americans’ legal rights when doing so interferes with their strategies for gathering political power. […]
Last week, 45 U.S. Senators banded together to halt unemployment insurance for 1.5 million out-of-work Americans.
The average estimated net worth of those 45 Senators is $6.98 million.
The full list:
Senator Voting Against Unemployment Insurance Senator’s Estimated Net Worth Risch (R-ID) $ 53,517,527.00 Corker (R-TN) $ 49,114,509.00 Hoeven (R-ND) $ 37,115,538.00 Johnson (R-WI) $ […]
On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to double undergraduate student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%, making it more difficult for people to lift themselves out of economic struggle by earning a college degree.
One of the transformations associated with earning a college degree is decreased dependence on government services like SNAP, the […]
51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student […]
Meet the voters of Americans Elect. There are only three of them.
Voter #1: Michael Bloomberg. Voter qualification: $500,000 in Wall Street money. Michael Bloomberg made billions of dollars selling high-priced infrastructure to Wall Street traders, allowing those gain unusually quick access to company information so they could make better trades and make more money […]
Mark Udall had offered an amendment to remove this extreme and unconstitutional expansion of police powers, but the Senate voted to reject the amendment, with Democrats joining Republicans to oppose the preservation of liberty. […]