Republicans act like ‘deadbeat dads’

When it comes to efforts to resolve the looming U.S. default on its debts–the first time in American history–Republican politicians are behaving like a “deadbeat dad,” who refuses to even consider any solution to his “family’s” financial crisis that involves bringing in more money into the household. Everybody’s just going to have to tighten their belts and cutback, that’s all.

I imagine the conversation going along like this.

“No,” dad says. “I will not get an extra part-time job. That’s out of the question. Junior will just have to come home from state college. There’s a junior college here in town. He can study there.

“No,” he continues. “Bristol can’t be on the cross country team. We can’t afford the fee. And she can forget about going to the prom, too. We can’t afford that either.

“And your mother is just going to have to move in and live with your brother or your sister, because we just can’t keep paying for her to stay in that fancy hotel they call an ‘assisted living center.’

“What? I will absolutely not stop racing my customized Mustang-Shelby-GT. I’ve already cut back to one out-of-town rally per month, and I only golf once a week now, and only go for drinks with the fellas two nights a week, so why don’t you get off my back, for crying out loud?

“And don’t even think about cutting back my premium cable-TV sports or girlie channels. That’s the only relaxation I have around here!”

And so it goes in Congress. Continue reading

Candidate Cain: Not a ‘Brother’s Keeper’

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Herman Cain is African American.

Like at least a dozen other prominent Republicans including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Cain will not be on the GOP ticket, either as the nominee, or as the vice-presidential running mate. It just won’t happen for Cain this time around.

No matter how well he does in polls, debates, and even in Republican primaries, in the final analysis he’s going to be out of luck this season. Continue reading

Popular lies about Libya

When it comes to news about Libya, absolutely no one can be trusted.

When I say “no one” I expect to be included in that count because what I’ve got to say about the subject runs counter to what the U.S. government and its NATO allies have to say; runs counter to what is reported every day in the U.S. corporate-owned media; and is even contrary to what is reported by so-called “progressive” news outlets like Al Jazeera English, and even Pacifica Radio’s Free Speech Radio News.

I came to the conclusion that absolutely everybody has gotten into the tank on this one, when I saw two particular stories last week. I won’t even deal with the corporate-owned media lies about Libya because I am convinced that if their lips are moving when they are reporting a story about Libya, they’re lying. Continue reading

John Edwards and his fall from grace

To say that former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) has “fallen from grace” almost goes without saying.

He was once sitting on top of the world. He was a U.S. Senator from a southern state. He was articulate, unashamedly liberal, and blessed with boyish good looks. He was 2004 Democratic Party presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) vice presidential running mate.

His career as a successful trial lawyer had made him an independently wealthy man. He was so confident of his future; he declined to seek re-election to the Senate after only one term in office. He was a viable contender for the 2008 presidential nomination. What could go wrong?

He sinned. Continue reading

Bibi and Barry

The recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to Washington and his White House visit with President Barack “Barry” Obama made for an interesting mating ritual, if you will.

The “special relationship” between the U.S. and Israel was reaffirmed, but not before some icy stares and sharp words were exchanged between the two leaders.

Netanyahu has some distinct advantages. He is fluent in English, while Obama speaks little, if any Hebrew. In some American circles the Prime Minister is more popular than the President. Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress received only 25 standing ovations, while Netanyahu’s speech before the same body received 29 such rounds of applause.

It’s kind of reminiscent of President Herbert Hoover’s standing in 1930. When baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth was asked by a reporter what he thought of his yearly salary of $80,000 (equivalent to $1.05 million in current dollars) being more than President Hoover’s $75,000. The Bambino responded: “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” Continue reading