Monthly Archives: February 2009

Red Dollar, Blue Dollar: Republican Hubris and Hypocrisy

Some pits are nearly bottomless, and the Republicans are currently digging one with no end in sight. Hysteria and hyperbole have gripped the GOP, suddenly worried about government spending after nearly a decade of ignoring the profligate excesses of the … Continue reading »

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Stimulus Package and Scientific Illiteracy

When credit default swaps and toxic mortgages finally brought down Wall Street, Republicans threw $700 billion at the problem like drunken Mardi Gras celebrants tossing bills and beads for the benefit of a desperately quick peek. Lurching down the political … Continue reading »

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A New Environmental Ethic

We now have in the Oval Office an intelligent, articulate president who understands deeply the serious environmental challenges we face at home and abroad. With a sigh of relief, we can now listen to a presidential press conference in which … Continue reading »

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Another Thought on Race: A Difference With no Distinction

I am white. If I stand before an all-black audience, the dissimilarity is clear to everybody in the room. My skin and eye color are obviously not the same as everybody else. The difference is real and undeniable. The tragic … Continue reading »

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A Sudden Conversion to Fiscal Conservatism

Listen carefully and you will hear low-frequency ominous mutterings from the echo chamber of the far right that Obama’s stimulus package is “expensive.” This whispered conclusion is followed by some tsk-tsking, tongue clucking and knowing glances. Rush-dominated talk radio and … Continue reading »

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