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Month: April 2011

April 30, 2011
Trump, Like Bush, Promises to Jawbone OPEC

Historical events, it is said, occur twice: first as tragedy and then as farce. So it is with Donald Trump, the latest Republican White House hopeful to talk tough about the price of oil. After all, with his pledge to oil producing nations that "you're not going to raise that f**king price," Trump is just […]

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April 29, 2011
Reagan Proved Deficits Don't Matter*

"Reagan," Vice President Dick Cheney famously declared in 2002, "proved deficits don't matter." Unless, that is, a Democrat is in the White House. After all, while Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt and George W. Bush doubled it again, each Republican was rewarded with a second term in office. But as the Gallup polling data […]

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April 28, 2011
After Birthers: 10 More GOP Myths Debunked

Two statements this month sum up everything you need know about the sad state of American politics and media. Just days after Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl declared his 30 fold error about Planned Parenthood was "not intended to be a factual statement," President Obama decried the "silliness" over his place of birth. But lost […]

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April 27, 2011
The British are Coming!

This week, American television screens will be overwhelmed by the news from London. Just not, it turns out, the story that really matters. Because while all eyes sadly remain fixed on the royal wedding, the British government announced that the "flat-lining" UK economy barely grew in first three months of 2011. Nevertheless, Republicans are cheering […]

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April 26, 2011
War and Peace by Mitt Romney

By now, Mitt Romney's gymnastic flip-flops and comic turnabouts are the stuff of political legend. After all, on abortion, immigration, his fidelity to Ronald Reagan, his signature health care law and even his state of residence, Romney has reversed himself, often more than once. But when it comes to matters of war and peace, Romney's […]

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April 25, 2011
The "Half a World War II" Debt Solution

The United States was slowly recovering from economic catastrophe. Its military forces were deployed worldwide in a global conflict to defeat what even the President's political opponents deemed an existential threat. U.S. national debt would soon top 100% of the nation's entire economic output. And the top marginal income tax rate was 94%. The year […]

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April 24, 2011
Republican Economic Terrorism

The USA Patriot Act defines "domestic terrorism" in part as activities intended "to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping." By that standard, the current GOP campaign of budgetary hostage-taking over […]

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April 23, 2011
The Republican Truth Deficit on the Debt Ceiling

With the deadline on raising the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling fast approaching, grandstanding Republicans are threatening national economic suicide. If it comes, the means of death will have been a fatal dose of hypocrisy. After all, GOP majorities in Congress didn't merely vote seven times to boost the ceiling - and double the national […]

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April 22, 2011
McCain Declares Libyan Rebels His Latest "Heroes"

On Friday, Senator John McCain became the highest ranking American political figure to meet with the Libyan rebels. But while his declaration that "they are my heroes" doubtless was well received in by the anti-Qaddafi fighters in Benghazi, McCain's track record should give Americans good reason for concern. After all, this is the same John […]

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April 20, 2011
Business Leaders Warn GOP on Debt Ceiling Disaster

Nothing focuses the mind, it is said, like the sight of the gallows. So it is for the American business community as the clock ticks down on the looming deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Over the past few days, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street executives, the National Association of Manufacturers and […]

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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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