S&P and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom
Barack Obama / Budget Cuts / Bush Tax Cuts / Jobs / Republican Party / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma / Teabaggers

S&P and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom

STANDARD & POOR’S AND THE FOLLY OF CONVENTIONAL WISDOM August 12, 2011 In its controversial decision to downgrade U.S. bonds, Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) embraced the “conventional wisdom” calling for substantial cuts in government spending. Conventional wisdom, however, usually is more of a reflection of prevailing dogma than actual wisdom and, in the words of … Continue reading

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know
Barack Obama / Budget Cuts / Bush Tax Cuts / Reagan Deification / Republican Congress / Supply-Side Economics

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know

Debt Ceiling 101:  Five Things You Should Know By Bennet Kelley July 9, 2011 While Los Angeles braces for the upcoming Carmageddon, the sense of horror felt over not being able to use 10 miles of freeway for a weekend is amplified by the fact that those who somehow manage to survive will face yet … Continue reading

2010 Elections / Barack Obama / Bush Tax Cuts / Congressional Republicans / George W. Bush Legacy / Stimulus Package / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma

Surgeon General’s Warning: Voting GOP May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Since this election clearly impacts the well being of all Americans, Surgeon General Benjamin can issue warnings to be placed in voting booths across the country. Given that time is short and this is somewhat of a “unique” interpretation of the Surgeon General’s role, I have taken the liberty to list a few warnings that Dr. Benjamin might want to consider.
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2010 Elections / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of “NO”

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of “NO” February 7, 2010 As Washington is paralyzed by the “snowpocalypse,” images of the city’s majestic monuments in a sea of white snow bring back fond memories of my years there. Eventually Mother Nature or the D.C. government will clear away the snow, but even then Washington will remain … Continue reading

California Budget / Congressional Republicans / Stimulus Package / Supply-Side Economics

RAY BAN REPUBLICANS AND THE POLITICS OF DENIAL

The Republicans’ denial is part of a pattern of pretending that problems that do not fit their neat little world view either do not exist (e.g., global warming) or can be easily solved (e.g., abstinence will prevent the spread of AIDS). This is, after all, the party that had three presidential candidates. Continue reading