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...

How can we stop banksters from robbing us?

In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: "As through this world I travel/ I see lots of funny men/ Some'll rob you with a 6-gun/ Some with a fountain pen." The fountain pens are d... Read more...

The sad saga of John Stumpf

Poor John Stumpf. The preening, silver-haired CEO of Wells Fargo sat self-assuredly atop the pecking order of the financial establishment, and he was hailed as a paragon of big-banker virtue... until he suddenl... Read more...

A clueless dealmaker’s deal goes down

Why? That's the big question the mass media is asking about the sudden failure of the Republican leaders' relentless push to demonize and kill Obamacare. After all, the GOP bragged that they now control the ... Read more...

Why is Trump hostile to actual facts?

Question: What do you get when you mix a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, and a gross of whoppers – topped with a thick layer of subterfuge? Answer: The fiasco called Trumpcare. "We're going to do some... Read more...

Why Trumpcare is sickening

As Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas noted, "When you buy... a new pair of pants, it usually helps to ask two questions: What does it cost? What size is it?" Yet, as he was pointing out, Republicans in Congress went ... 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. In his campaign, Trump's number one prom... Read more...

Trump’s hokey “mandate”

Trump & Company claim to have a sweeping mandate from voters – but wait: Almost half of the electorate chose not to vote last November. Only 25% of voters eligible actually cast their ballots for Tr... 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...

Wall Street Plowboys

I love the names: Bobcat Farm, Golden Eagle Ranch, Long Prairie, Pintail Vineyard, Roadrunner Ranch, and Ten Mile Farm. They conjure up Americana, the old homeplace, and our rich rural culture. Less bucolic,... Read more...