The Right-Wing Corporate Takeover of America

October 5, 2011 | Comments Off

It's a long piece, but worth a read: Alternet's Don Hazen and Colin Greer provide an overview of the 40-year effort of the right-wing to allow the corporate takeover of America. The question is: if we know how we got here, can we use that to get back to where we want to be? We [...]

The Dangers of Voter Suppression

October 3, 2011 | Comments Off

Club member Jim Soper passes along an important link to a Brennan Center study showing that nearly 5 million eligible voters could be impacted by voter suppression legislation around the nation. As the Brennan Center reports: "Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. [...]

A message from California Democratic Party Chair John Burton: Dear Supporter, The California Democratic Party invites all Democrats to help shape our 2012 Platform. Join our effort to promote a progressive platform that all Democrats can be proud of. Please go to www.cadem.org/platform to read the 2010 Platform – the current Platform will serve as [...]

Here's an important Roll Call story about an ethics controversy surrounding Justice Clarence Thomas.

Don’t Let the GOP Fool You on the Economy

September 30, 2011 | Comments Off

Here's an outstanding Paul Krugman column that debunks the rising myth that the current economic conditions are the result of President Obama's policies. After debunking several claims, Krugman makes a vital observation: So Republican assertions about what ails the economy are pure fantasy, at odds with all the evidence. Should we be surprised? At one [...]

In Praise of Extremism

September 29, 2011 | Comments Off

I found this Frank Rich essay in New York magazing to be extremely thoughtful. It is well worth your time. As he writes: This delusional faith in comity reached its apotheosis in the debt-ceiling showdown. With the reliable exception of Paul Krugman, who shuns Washington and calls centrism “the cult that is destroying America,” almost [...]

Republican Attacks by the EPA

September 28, 2011 | Comments Off

by Clyde Rich Guest Columnist Former President, Democrats of Rossmoor Reagan started making  tax cuts  for the wealthy and deregulation.  Bush expanded the tax cuts and appointed leaders who continued the attacks on regulation.  If tax cuts and deregulation were the answer to our current economic problems we would not be in the condition we [...]

Former GOP Capitol Hill staffer Mike Lofgren has written the must-read article of the weekend. In it, he explains why he finally had to end his Capitol Hill career as he watched, as he puts it, "the crackpot outliers of two decades ago" become "the vital center of the Republican Party today". In this piece, [...]

Remember what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said was his top priority in October 2010? The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. Now take a look at this chart posted by Jed Lewison at Daily Kos showing how job creation has slowed while Republicans [...]

No, that's not a misprint. Just weeks after the unjustified move to downgrade the sovereign debt of the United States, S&P continues to give AAA ratings to the same type of debt that helped create the economic crisis. Talking Points Memo's Brian Beutler has the gory details.

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