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The new founder

When you think of America’s great Constitutional originators, names like  Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin come to mind. And, of course, Abbott. Last January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revealed that he has p... Read more...

Searching for integrity in Trumplandia

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedheaded corporate executives who've hauled our middle-class jobs out of country, or I'll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your forei... Read more...

A political party really worth joining

The best political party in America is not the Dems or the Repubs, but a real party named "Fighting Bob Fest." It's a daylong, outdoor political festival run by a coalition of Wisconsin progressives who beli... Read more...

Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be Energy Secretary? Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a rejected contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” the television show for has-been celebrities. But – resurrection! – having kissed the ring of President-To-Be Trump, Perry is being lifted from the lowly role of twinkle-toed TV hoofer to – get this – taking charge of our government’s nuclear arsenal! That’s a position that usually requires some scientific knowledge and experience, but as we’re learning from other cabinet picks, the key qualification that Trump wants his public servants to have is a commitment to serve the private interests of corporate power. That is why Perry – a devoted practitioner of crony capitalism and a champion of oligarchy – has been rewarded with this position. As governor, for example, he went to extraordinary lengths to let the giant Energy Transfer Partners run a pipeline through the ecologically-fragile, natural wonders of Big Bend – ramming it right down the throats of near-unanimous opposition by local people. Perry then accepted $6 million campaign donation – ie, a “payoff” – from the corporate boss, who later made Perry a paid member of the corporation’s board of directors. He also privatized a state-run, low-level nuclear waste facility, turning it over to Waste Control Specialists, owned by his largest campaign contributor. Then he let the corporation double the amount of waste dumped there, while reducing its legal liability for damages. Then, taking even more cash from the owner, Perry pushed to let him put high-level nuclear waste in the dump. Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job of energy secretary, but he has beaucoup of both for “doing a job” on the American people and our environment. ‘”Dancing with the Stars’ contestant named Secretary of Energy nominee,” https://thinkprogress.org/rick-perry-dances-into-the-trump-cabinet-f583f118f0a0#.ycdwkftwj, December 13, 2016. “Rick Perry’s energy legacy is more complicated than you think,” https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/13/recap-rick-perrys-texas-energy-legacy/, December 13, 2016.

Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a rejected contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," the television show f... Read more...

Luxury Tractors? Who’s buying these things?

Let us talk tractors – the sturdy workhorses of agriculture. I've been around them since I was just a tyke – there's even a Kodak snapshot of the three-year-old me sitting proudly at the wheel of the Farmall... Read more...

What is the “Trump Fix?”

Few Americans have ever heard of Tom Barrack, but he's going to be a big, behind-the-scenes player in Trump's Washington. Indeed, Tom's already a big player, literally in charge of parading The Donald into t... Read more...