Learning from DeMarco

For some 45 years, it's been my good fortune to team up with Susan DeMarco – my cohort, companion, and co-conspirator in all things progressive and fun. But life comes at you fast... often including an abrupt end to life.

Fly Away

Some are born with good luck. But I was 30 years old before Lady Luck smiled on me with full radiance, arriving in the form of a petite bundle of feistiness, smarts, political savviness, warmth, playfulness, and all-around beauty... named Susan DeMarco.

AgriCULTURE outsiders tackle powerful agriBUSINESS

In the 1980s, when I was Texas Ag commissioner, my staff and I proposed a comprehensive set of state rules to protect farmworkers, public health, our water supplies, and farmers themselves from the life-threatening consequences of toxic pesticides.

Can’t America do better than today’s ripoff health care system?

Rather than a health care system, our country's leaders have kept us shackled to a "corporate care" system, allowing insurance giants, drug company gougers, hospital chains, and other profiteers to ration our care based on whether a family can pay whatever outrageous price the corporations demands to maintain their exorbitant profits.

Hard times (still) in the fields

Every decade or so, America's mass media are surprised to discover that migrant farmworkers are still being miserably paid and despicably treated by the industry that profits from their labor.

Trump’s tax-cut scam worked perfectly

Remember last year when Donald Trump and his congressional Trumpeteers bragged that their yuuuuuge tax cut for corporations would spark a yuuuuuge corporate spending spree to create new jobs and higher wages?

What’s in Trump’s food-box?

Even Charles Dickens, England's masterful satirist of the Victorian upper class, couldn't have imagined elite rulers using a box of food as a gratuitous way to slap poor people. But Donald Trump and two of his slap-happy cabinet officials did imagine it – and then did it.

What will the Trump mob kill next?

Breaking news: Trump & Company are a murderous mob! Specifically they've been serial killers of the English Language. The word "Fact" was their first victim, assassinated last year by one of Trump's mobs... Read more...

Back to the tomato future

Food corporations and their academic cohorts keep trying to “make” an industrial tomato to rival Mother Nature’s product. And they keep failing. Get the full commentary here.... Read more...

Can a robot do your job?

With corporations socking away massive profits, and with the labor market fairly tight, why are worker’s wages still stuck at miserly and even poverty levels? Check out the full commentary here.... Read more...

The Great ScAmazon of 2017

In September, the giant retail monopolist, Amazon, announced its intention to build a second corporate headquarters in Someplace, North America. Where's that? Aha, that's the trick in a corporate game called "F... Read more...

Are job incentive programs good for communities?

Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy, because the corporations create jobs, those workers pay taxes and – Voila – the corporate giveaway pays for itself! Really? No.

Why are we giving corporate welfare to Amazon?

Isn't it funny that right-wing politicians across the country piously rant against giving a few bucks worth of jobless benefits to the needy, then turn around and shove billions of our tax dollars into corporate welfare for the greedy?

What’s killing America’s middle class?

As the royal triumvirate of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell continue their perverse quest to turn our America into a gold-plated Trumplandistan for oligarchs, they keep insisting that their blatantly-elitist schemes will magically elevate the middle class and even the poor, delivering a 7-course-dinner to everyone!

How America’s middle class rose… and fell

From 1776 forward, the "common yeoman" – America's middle class – has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before the 1930s, most Americans were poor, or near poor.