Confessions of a Job Creator

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:05 pm

Some people think they know some things about us job creators. The guy whose job it is supposed to be to represent me in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who has of course been featured before on these pages, thinks he knows some things about us job creators. He sent me an email the other day, like he likes to do sometimes, to make sure I didn’t miss his latest op-ed, which ran August 30 in his favorite small-town, low-circulation weekly, which apparently lets him publish whatever disingenuous propaganda he thinks his corporate overlords might want to read. The title of his latest is “Survey Highlights Top Concerns of U.S. Job Creators,” and you can read it in its entirety here.


Romney Was Overshadowed by Clint Eastwood

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 1:22 pm

A political convention to nominate candidate for the highest office in the land should be all about the candidate. He should be the focus of attention. He should be what everyone is talking about afterwards.

No Convention Bounce for Romney

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 8:44 am

Early indications are that the Republican National Convention was mostly a dud and did almost nothing to change the state of the Presidential Race. In addition to not generating much excitement, Romney’s speech received relatively poor reviews from Americans.

Labor Day and the Future of America

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 6:00 pm

Labor Day 2012 comes at a turning point in American history. At a time when the wealthiest have prospered beyond the wildest of dreams, the vast majority of working Americans struggle to make ends meet. Millions have seen their incomes flatten, their jobs outsourced, and their hopes for retirement security put on hold, if not quashed completely. At the same time, Wall Street and the politicians who conspire with them have worked overtime to destroy the ability of American workers to join unions and bargain collectively for better wages and benefits.

How Not to Run a Convention

By: Friday August 31, 2012 11:50 am

There should be one simple rule for how to make a nomination convention a success: don’t let anything distract from the candidate and the message. I assumed this piece of common sense should be self-evident to even a low level campaign worker, but after watching the bizarre spectacle which was the Republican National Convention last night it appears I greatly overestimated the skills of the people running the Romney campaign.

Hunger Games

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 8:00 pm

The increasingly surreal reality show that is the Republican Convention is rapidly shaping up to be one of the most offensive displays of mendacity, racism, and bloodlust the Republicans have yet performed, as evidenced in the “color” stories coming out of it. From a black CNN camera operator pelted with nuts by some slack-jawed cracker slurring, “this is how we feed animals,” and a Puerto Rican billionairess speaker shouted down by the mob chanting, “USA,” Ann Romney waxing lyrical about her “real” marriage, to a bloated and surly Chris Christie bragging about union-busting in his laughable fake Sopranos style, the whole undeniably engrossing spectacle, harried by a hurricane, is just a few midgets shy of a Fellini movie.

RNC Day 2 Live Tweeting

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:30 pm

Hello! The technical wizards here have found a way for me to snark on Twitter about day 2 of the RNC convention while also delivering to you that high-quality snark here. So enjoy and snark amongst yourselves in the comments.

Tonight will include the speech from Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, along with cranky old man John McCain. I’ve also heard that Condoleezza Rice is determined to speak inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mike Huckabee gets his moment tonight as well.

Late Night: Mitt Romney’s Charm Offensive

By: Friday August 24, 2012 8:00 pm

Congratulations! You’ve just about survived the summer — which, politically speaking in this presidential election year, means the dreary interlude between the early-spring nominating contests and the fall cage match campaign.

Why You Pick a VP Early

By: Monday August 13, 2012 12:15 pm

While I may question the political wisdom of Mitt Romney choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, making the selection public relatively early is a smart move. One of the most valuable assets any political campaign has is the candidate’s time, which is inherently limited. Picking a running mate early is as close a campaign can get to doubling this limited resource.

The FBI’s Framing of Long-Time Chicano Activist Carlos Montes

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 11:00 am

Long-time Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who has been active in the antiwar, education and civil rights movements in Los Angeles for decades, goes on trial today for bogus charges that are being brought against him for purchasing a gun. It is a political trial and a continuation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) targeting of antiwar and international solidarity activists.

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