Thompson Knew in ’72

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 3:40 pm

I won’t go so far as to suggest that if Hunter S. Thompson’s incisive reporting and analysis of Nixon v. McGovern were more widely known it might have stopped American politics’ long slide into the cesspool, for even back then, the slime was oozing freely.

What Campaign Trail can do, however — whether at this seemingly late moment or a hundred years hence — is snap any reader into total clarity about what happened to America, and our only way out of the muck.

 

Third Way’s Attack On Elizabeth Warren Prompted By Calls For Expanding Social Security

By: Monday December 9, 2013 6:59 am

Why did Third Way launch an attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren? According to one of the op-ed writers it was Warren’s support for a plan to expand Social Security that was the “final moment.” Clearly an unforgivable offense against the bondholders that Third Way represents who want general austerity and cuts to Social Security to [...]

A Political Parable On Serving Sheep and Goats in Restaurants

By: Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00 am

Two restaurants with excellent service. Two parties that enjoyed their meals. Two very different tips. Two very different reasons, which illustrate well the differences between the Democratic and the Republican parties.

Sheep and Goats, people.

Wall Street Lobbyist Wrote House Democrats’ Letter to Weaken Investor Protections

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 9:45 am

Despite the incredible suffering the 2008 financial crisis caused on the traditional constituents of the Democratic Party it seems Wall Street still calls the shots. A letter sent to federal regulators from so-called progressive Democrats calling for weaker investor protections for retirement accounts was actually written by a Wall Street lobbyist.

Nancy Pelosi Driving Force Behind Saving the NSA Spying Program

By: Friday July 26, 2013 10:20 am

It was kind of odd to see the Democratic Party Leadership vote to spy on Americans given the party’s alleged commitment to civil liberties. Now it is reported that not only did the Democratic Leadership vote against the bill but that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was the driving force behind saving the NSA spying program.

After the Restore the Fourth Rallies: What Next?

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 4:00 pm

If nothing else, the nationwide “Restore the Fourth” rallies on July 4 caused a resurgence in interest in the 4th amendment as measured by internet searches for “Fourth Amendment.”` See this graph, which shows that according to Google Trends, in late June interest in the Fourth Amendment had fallen to less than 20% of what it had been when the surveillance issue first broke, but went back up to 80% on July 4.

Of course a more conventional way to measure impact is by media presence.

Congressional Democrats Pushing Back Against Obama’s Austerity Budget

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 6:40 am

As the latest reports indicate that the U.S. economy is slowing down and the intellectual foundation for austerity economics has been discredited, Congressional Democrats are pushing back against President Obama’s austerity budget. Democrats in the Senate and even more in the House no longer see the logic in austerity cuts to social programs such as Social Security and Medicare given that the evidence contradicts the intellectual rationale for them.

Republican Party Overwhelmingly Seen as Out of Touch

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 1:45 pm

By a greater than 3 to 1 margin the American people see the Republican party as out of touch with the concerns of regular people. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll only 23 percent of adults see the party as in touch, while an incredible 70 percent see the party as out of touch.

Obama’s “mess of pottage”

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 8:35 am

Barak Obama is the first Democratic president to advocate cutting Social Security benefits. Whatever happens next, this is a historic change of direction for his party and an ominous turning point for the American social/economic compact.

Time to Bell the Obama Cat

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 7:04 pm

The story goes that some mice became very upset about the cat in the house and convened an emergency meeting. They finally came up with the idea of tying a bell around the cat’s neck, so the dangerous feline could no longer catch victims unawares. The plan gained a lot of enthusiastic praise, until one mouse piped up with a question that preceded a long silence: “Who’s going to bell the cat?”

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