Gov Walker and the GOP’s Carthage Moment
2012 Election / Budget Cuts / Class War / Crony Capitalism / GOP Power Grab / Teabaggers / Unions

Gov Walker and the GOP’s Carthage Moment

As Republicans revel in their victory in Wisconsin in stripping state workers’ collective bargaining rights and other Republican governors seek to duplicate Wisconsin’s power grab, what they perceive as the culmination of the “Reagan Revolution”, may instead be its twilight. It is an ironic moment since the radical right, which often casts itself as the only thing preventing the United States from repeating the fall of ancient Rome, has repeated one of Rome’s bigger strategic blunders and helped reunite the New Deal Coalition whose fracture was the sine qua non of the Reagan Revolution. Continue reading

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The Bush Presidency in Four Words
California Energy Crisis / Class War / Constitution / Crony Capitalism / George W. Bush / Legacy / Tax Cuts / Torture

The Bush Presidency in Four Words

A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the one word Americans used most to describe President Bush was “incompetent.” While no compliment, the word fails to convey the condemnation warranted by the last eight years. Continue reading

Class War / Crony Capitalism / George W. Bush / Tax Cuts

The Catastrophic Success of Bush’s Other War

Months before the start of the Iraq War, President Bush was already a “war president”. This war was not about terrorism or democracy in the Middle East, but instead, as Vice President Cheney explained in pushing for tax cuts regardless of deficits, it was about getting “their due”. In this war, Bush could truly declare “mission accomplished. Continue reading