Hate, not Economic Despair: Trump’s Rural American Victory

Muslim xenophobia

As I noted yesterday, sociologists and historians tell us that economic insecurity and inequality provide fertile soil for racial and cultural resentments. Economic stresses don’t create those resentments, however. Like everything else, economic conditions are experienced through a cultural lens–that is, how we interpret economic circumstances and react to them depends upon the value structures and worldviews of the people doing the interpreting. When […]

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Anti-Atheist San Antonio Mayor Loses Run-Off Election

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (the politician who blamed atheism for generational poverty claiming people without religion are “broken”) lost her mayor seat in a run-off election against opponent City Council member Ron Nirenberg. In the weekend election, Nirenberg took 55% of the total vote besting Taylor by a full ten points. Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported, “Following a Saturday runoff […]

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Missing the Point: Trump & the Paris Accords

Paris Climate Accords

In the wake of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accords, apologists have gone into overdrive. Even those who recognize that climate change is real have pooh poohed the significance of our withdrawal; after all, the goals were voluntary and weak, and anyway, America’s cities and states are stepping up to the plate, so we’ll probably make our goals even without […]

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California Dreaming: Single Payer Health Care

single payer

My last article, and a number of the comments that followed, acknowledged the importance of health insurance to the social safety net, and lamented the resistance of Congressional Republicans to maintenance–let alone extension– of current coverage. Fortunately, Washington isn’t the only game in town. With the collapse of anything remotely resembling governance coming from Washington, D.C., California has become the de […]

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Privatization: A Hoosier Cautionary Tale

Public versus private - Despite mounting evidence, conservatives continue pushing for the privatization of America

First Kansas. Now Indiana. One by one, the pillars of conservative fundamentalism are failing real-world tests. Under then-Governor Pence, Indiana negotiated a much-ballyhood 35-year “public-private partnership” with the Spanish firm Insolux Corsan to build and maintain a portion of Interstate 69, between Bloomington and Indianapolis. The project has dragged on and on, making trips between Bloomington and Indianapolis slow and treacherous. […]

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Even Toto Is Leaving Kansas: The Failure of Trickle Down Economics

Even Toto Is Leaving Kansas: The Failure of Trickle Down Economics

Not that it will make any difference to the ideologues for whom evidence is irrelevant, but Republicans in Kansas have now thrown in the towel on the nation’s most wholehearted effort to prove that lower taxes generate higher state revenues. As the Washington Post headline put it, “Kansas Republicans Raise Taxes, Ending Their GOP Governor’s ‘Real Live Experiment’ in Conservative Policy.” Kansas […]

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GA GOP Candidate Karen Handel: “I Do Not Support A Livable Wage”

GA GOP Candidate Karen Handel: "I Do Not Support A Livable Wage"

In a proclamation that’s sure to be used by her opponent repeatedly now through the special election, Karen Handel – the GOP candidate in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District – argued in a debate on Tuesday she does not support a living wage. The remarks came as a response to her Democratic opponent (Jon Ossoff) answering a question about the minimum […]

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Speaking of Fake News: Trump’s Fake Saudi Arms Deal

Trump Saudi Arabia

Despite all his fulminating about “fake news,” it appears that our President–whose definition of “fake” is any coverage (covfefe??) he doesn’t like–isn’t above generating some fakery of his own. Remember Trump’s preening over his massive, multi-billion dollar “deal” with Saudi Arabia? Bruce Reidel of The Brookings Institution reports that no such deal exists. Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration […]

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