Why did Trump back off from his Mexican border tax?

Often, when world powers pick fights with seemingly powerless countries, they learn that even small dogs have sharp teeth - as President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico.

Should we entrust our school children to corporate profiteers?

Betsy DeVos and her hubby, Dick, are lucky enough to have inherited a big chunk of the multibillion-dollar fortune that Daddy DeVos amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they've done with their Amway money is certainly not the American Way.

What are the Koch Boys up to?

Where are Charlie and Dave, Mrs. Koch's two mischievous boys? The Koch brothers have stayed out of the national limelight recently but they're still trying to supplant American democracy with their little laissez-fairyland plutocracy. In fact, in late June, they held a meeting of the Koch Boys Billionaires Club, gathering about 400 other uber-wealthy rascals to plot some political high jinks for next year's elections.

Amazon buys out Whole Foods: What’s it to us?

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon's $14 billion buy-out of Whole Foods Market is not only a win-win for both of them – but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices.

Should lousy, low-wage “jobs” count as jobs?

Excellent news, folks: Jobs are now plentiful! As the Associated Press put it, "The US job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth." At long last then, the American dream is back for working families, right? No.

When is daylight robbery not a crime?

     I thought Donnie Trump and his fellow Republicans were big law 'n' order politicians. So, why are they trying to kill the sheriff and unleash thousands of robbers to run wild across America? 

Why can’t our economy promote equality and shared prosperity?

You don't have to be in "Who's Who" to know what's what. For example, if a tiny group of Wall Street bankers, billionaires, and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires, and puppets will profit from those rules.

Will you enlist in “Trump’s War?”

President Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is militaristic – he is bellicose, likes to issue commands, and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy (which seems to include everyone who dares to disagree with him).

General Trump’s Twitter bombs

Doggonit, Donnie Trump missed his opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would've been the greatest! Ever in history! But, he... Read more...

Dr. Ben Carson’s right-wing medicine show

The Trumpeters are fully embracing the right-wing's imperious disdain for poor people, blaming them for creating their own economic distress – a convenient ideological fabrication for a government intent on destroying our nation's social safety net.

Who is Mick Mulvaney… and why is he so awful?

In the contest for "Most Awful Member of Donald Trump's Cabinet," you'd assume that Jeff Sessions, the bigoted twerp now serving as attorney general, would be a shoo-in. Suddenly, however, Mick Mulvaney has darted from out of the deepest, meanest darkness of severe right-wing dogma to become the new favorite for awfulest of them all.

Where does inequality come from?

The vast inequality that's rending our society is not a natural, inevitable, or accidental phenomenon – it's caused intentionally by policy-decisions that corporate and political officials make.

What is worse than being poor?

One of the lucky things about being rich is that you automatically become handsome, your jokes are hilarious, and politicians treat you with fawning deference. On the other hand, the unlucky thing about bein... Read more...

How magical is The Donald?

Donald Trump, the Amazing Wunderkind of Global Luxury Living – and now Our Nation’s Phantasmagoric, Fast-charging President – is proving to be a legislative magician. Read the full commentary here.... Read more...

How is Trump Like Humpty-Dumpty?

Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman! That's the image our current commander-in-chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, cavalierly threatened war with all "bad homb... Read more...

Real news, fake news… and BS news

How can journalism help people make sense of our turbulent world if it can't make sense of itself? In addition to "news" (which involves reporting on real stuff), there's now "fake news" (stuff that's comple... Read more...

Hallelujah, Trump rushes to aid the needy!

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new President and Congress? Regular folks in our country say that those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder –... Read more...