Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Big Lie Exposed: Wall Street as Institutionalized Fraud

While investors express dismay and shock about Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme, nothing about the affair is even slightly surprising. The scandal is perfectly understandable in light of a fundamental truth that nobody wants to accept: Wall Street itself … Continue reading »

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Sarah Palin Playing the Blame Game: Missed it by One R

Sarah Palin will not go away, apparently unaware that losing an election requires the loser to cede power to the victor. Staying in the limelight, she is now assigning blame for her failures, conveniently never pointing the spotlight on herself. … Continue reading »

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A Failure of Morality

During a week in which news was dominated by the kleptomania of Governor Blagojevich, the world was stirring with other momentous events that garnered little attention individually, and none as a confluence of related stories. But that connectedness between seemingly … Continue reading »

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Dick Cheney: Unplugged and Unglued

The most shocking aspect of Dick Cheney’s recent interview to shore up a failed legacy is that he can say anything that is still shocking. But Cheney truly outdid himself on Fox News on Sunday, and he has crossed the … Continue reading »

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The Deep Hypocrisy of Republican Rule

Standing before the American Enterprise Institute, Bush made another embarrassing attempt to shore up his failed legacy, pleading futilely that he is not the 21st century’s Herbert Hoover. What he did instead was solidify his standing as the most disastrous … Continue reading »

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Dick Cheney, Interior Decorator

It was, perhaps, a dark and rainy day. Through a clearing in the forest the King’s horsemen came upon the menacing silhouette of a distant medieval fortress, host to the land’s most dangerous criminals. Inside, two of the infamous guests … Continue reading »

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The Consequences of Short-Term Thinking: Part II

As gas falls below $2 per gallon, our collective response is sadly predictable. We all gorge on the transient good news at the pump while blithely ignoring the implications for our future. We are stumbling immediately back into the cyclical … Continue reading »

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Not Home Yet: The Terrible Carnage of Bush’s Final Days

Bush is going out as he came in, acting aggressively and recklessly in the absence of any support from the people. In 2000, he came to office after losing the popular vote, but behaved as if the country had handed … Continue reading »

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Bush’s Brain: Karl Rove Goes Mental

In a fit of pathos and nauseating self-pity, Karl Rove had the temerity to claim that Washington partisanship is to blame for the failures of the Bush Administration. That pushes the extreme outer limits of hubris and intellectual dishonesty. Rove … Continue reading »

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George Bush’s Confession: False Contrition at its Worst

Some acts are not made right by an apology. “Sorry” becomes inadequate past a certain point of misbehavior and irresponsibility. A vile philosophy held for one’s entire adult life cannot be dismissed as a mistake to be corrected with a … Continue reading »

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