Democrats Attack Credit Card Co’s

I don’t have to remind you that credit card companies have become in the last few years little more than loan sharks. Their interest rates are usury, the hidden fees and fines are out of control, and sudden, invisible rate hikes have shocked consumers pretty regularly. A friend of mine had a total of...

Positive Thinking and the Looming Recession

Norman Vincent Peale has a lot to answer for. His gospel – that the “power of positive thinking” overcomes all obstacles – infected the executive and investor class in the 50’s and was magnified by the conservative corporatocracy for the next 50 years. They institutionalized it...

Faced with the Mortgage Crisis, the Investor Class Acts to Protect…Itself

Neil Irwin wrote a piece in today’s WaPo on Treasury Sec Henry Paulson’s response to the mortgage crisis that is so glowing with praise it could probably be seen from Mars with the naked eye, assuming there was a naked eye on Mars. This crisis, precipitated by a mostly unrestricted financial...

Oil Institute Withdraws $5M Gift to Smithsonian

It’s not a coincidence that the corporate-puppet GOP is full of whiners, hypocrites, and thin-skinned pearl-clutchers who shriek with outrage and faint dead away whenever anyone criticizes them, however mildly. The rich and powerful, whether in politics or business, tend to be notoriously touchy and...

This Isn’t Your Father’s Democratic Party

(Updated below) There’s nothing new in Paul Krugman’s column today but he does ask the question many of us, particularly Democrats, have been asking for months if not years: Can the Democratic party – and our democracy – survive the influence of money on the campaign process? It is,...

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