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Month: December 2005

December 30, 2005
Unhealthy Trends for 2006

If the closing weeks of 2005 are any indication, 2006 is rapidly shaping up as the year of the health care coverage crisis in the United States. Middle class Americans will join the 46 million uninsured in feeling the pain as companies trim benefits and shift costs to their employees under the guise of so-called […]

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December 30, 2005
Brokebush Mountain

The new Ang Lee film Brokeback Mountain may be one of the most powerful love stories brought to theaters in recent years. It would also appear to be among the most successful at the box office, with the highest per screen take of any film in the United States during the past week. The "gay […]

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December 23, 2005
Yoo Da Man

Karl Rove is widely credited with being "Bush's brain." But when it comes to the administration's dangerous and unprecedented expansion of presidential war powers, John Yoo is the President's mouthpiece. Only 34, Yoo, formerly of the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel and now a professor at the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law, […]

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December 19, 2005
Bush on Dictatorship

In his December 19th press conference regarding his secret and likely illegal program of domestic surveillance, an angry President George W. Bush took umbrage at suggestions that he believes in unprecedented, expansive and unchecked presidential power. A fuming Bush responded: "To say 'unchecked power' basically is ascribing some kind of dictatorial position to the President, […]

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December 16, 2005
Mitt Happens

Among the least surprising political announcements of 2005 is the word from Boston that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is not running for reelection in 2006. It is only the latest step towards a 2008 White House run for a man whose presidential ambitions started in the womb. The son of 1968 GOP presidential contender and […]

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December 15, 2005
The Conservative Threat Level T-Shirt

Perrspectives is pleased to offer the ideal holiday gift for that hard-to-please progressive on your list. As the New Year approaches, the Conservative Threat Level (CTL) t-shirt helps you and your loved prepare to resist the right-wing effort to turn back the clock to the Middle Ages. Visit the new Perrspectives store over at CafePress […]

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December 9, 2005
The Wages of Spin

As I wrote recently, the White House is increasingly frustrated by Americans' continued pessimism with the President's handling of the economy. Perhaps President Bush can find some solace that he seems to draw his greatest support in precisely those states where conditions are the worst for American workers. That would appear to be the central […]

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December 8, 2005
Bush League Economy

Nothing, apparently not even the growing opposition to the war in Iraq, frustrates President Bush and the Republican Party more than Americans' consistently negative view of the economy. Despite 215,000 new jobs in November, stout 4.3% Q3 GDP growth and a whopping 4.7% gain in productivity, only 37% of Americans approve of Bush's handling of […]

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December 1, 2005
The Republican Rap Sheet

The explosion of scandals engulfing the Banana Republicans is producing a growing body count. In just the last week, California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned his House seat after pleading guilty to taking over $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractor MZM. Jack Abramoff partner Michael Scanlon entered a guilty plea for his role in […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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