Archive for the 'Governing' Category

ARE AMERICANS READY FOR DEMOCRACY…?

September 23rd, 2016

Ralph Nader, in BreakingThroughPower.org–Ready for Democracy!, writes: Are the people ready for democracy? This question was leveled by monarchs, despots and authoritarian rulers post-World War II when stirrings for freedom in less developed countries blossomed. We often heard apologists for the western colonial powers—the British, French, Portuguese, etc.—say that the Indians, the Arabs and the […]

I’M ONE OF THE #VETERANSFORKAEPERNICK…

September 1st, 2016

On Monday, in MEET THE NOT SO STAR-SPANGLED, MERIKINS…, I wrote: So, I am reminded, once again, of my woeful ignorance of the world around me. This morning I began reading about Colin Kaepernick refusal to rise and sing The Star Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said: I am not going to stand up to show pride […]

SECRETS OF A GLOBAL SUPER COURT: PART I
WHEN A FEW ARE MORE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW…

August 31st, 2016

Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions. —Bartholomew What happens when real multi-national corporations aspire to the level of dominance voiced by the character of Bartholomew (played by John Houseman in the 1974 film, Rollerball? You […]

RALPH NADER ON BREAKING THROUGH POWER

April 22nd, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. Civil society leaders […]

HILLARY EMBRACES CITIZENS UNITED CORE…

April 17th, 2016

Getting the Democracy-perverting cash from corporations and the billionaire class out of politics is vital to preserving We The People, unless, that is, your election depends upon cash from corporations and the billionaire class. Glenn Greenwald, in To Protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats Wage War on Their Own Core Citizens United Argument for The_Intercept, writes: For […]

NOT ME…! NOT ME…! NOT ME…! NOT ME…!

October 10th, 2015

Clearly, only one choice remains…

BEST BOEHNER’S-LEAVING OBSERVATION…

September 26th, 2015

Chris Lehmann, writing in John Boehner left because Republicans’ true faith is incompatible with governing for The Guardian, observes: The real significance of Boehner’s surprise announcement of his resignation, though, is that the content-challenged grandstanding of the government shutdown is no longer simply a tactic to let off steam, or to enhance a given House […]

WE OWN THIS BY VIRTUE OF WE THE PEOPLE

July 13th, 2015

I’ve re-read Jon Schwarz’s two-part interview with Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) this morning and I’m growing increasingly dissatisfied with Sarbanes’ Government By The People Act. Perhaps he’s being pragmatic, but I find the assumptions regarding money in politics offensive. People say, “I already can’t stand these politicians, why would I want to underwrite your campaign?” […]

SARBANES’ GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE ACT

July 12th, 2015

Unions and collective bargaining work because masses of relatively weak and disorganized individuals can come together and build organizations that rival and even surpass those of much smaller, but wealthier and more powerful groups. Our founders understood this principle when they began our most important document with the words We the People of the United […]

WHY I WANT WARREN TO STAY IN THE SENATE…

January 13th, 2015

I know a lot of people would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president in 2016 (I was one of them at one point) but now I much prefer that she stay where she is, especially now that the Republicans have gained control of the senate. This story is a great example of why […]

HOW ABOUT SWAPPING REINS FOR BRAINS…?

July 28th, 2014

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-6th District OH) is touting a verbosely titled item called the REINS Act (“Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny”) designed to accomplish the allegedly lofty goal of curbing what a July 15 News-Sentinel editorial-writer called “runaway government of the type favored by President Barack Obama.” This goal is “lofty” only […]

A SENSIBLE AND VITAL BIT OF LEGISLATION…

July 8th, 2014

Back on 2 April, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) introduced S. 2207 The Real Time Transparency Act of 2014. The bill, written in response to the the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which abolished caps on an individual’s total donations to federal candidates, parties and some political committees, Sen. King’s […]

LARRY LESSIG ON CORRUPTING CONGRESS…

July 5th, 2014

IN PRAISE OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION…

June 6th, 2014

Last week one of two weekly newspapers we receive here in North Royalton included a Publisher’s Notebook piece entitled Why not privatize the VA? Why not indeed. In my mind, privatization is a code-word for I want to suck at the public teat. More tax dollars have gone to corporate welfare over the past 50 […]

I’M COVERED, BUT THE REST OF AMERICA…?

October 2nd, 2013

ARIZONA SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN BATS .500…?

October 1st, 2013

This is the new Republican Party… Last week Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said: “I don’t know what all the scenes are, but I’ve seen how this movie ends. We will end up not shutting the government down, and we will not defund Obamacare.” McCain clearly underestimated the crazy factor of the beast he helped release […]

COULD DE BORDA FIX CONGRESS…?

September 30th, 2013

In How To Change The World, John-Paul Flintoff writes: …[In t]he Borda count—named for French scientist Jean-Charles de Borda (1733-99), or preferendum, voters simply express their preferences on a range of options, ranking them from highest to lowest. The winning option may not have been any individual voter’s first choice, but will have won higher […]

THERE THEY GO AGAIN…

September 30th, 2013

As a young sailor nearly 40 years ago I remember living through a threatened government shutdown. The Navy Exchange made plans to feed families on credit, sailors reached out to shipmates and extended families to pay rents, we prepared to take care of our own. Congress blinked and we all got paid. Now, in 2013, […]

CONGRESS BOOTS DEMOCRACY…

August 16th, 2013

Robert Reich writes: Congress began its summer recess last week and won’t reconvene until after Labor Day. You’d be forgiven for not noticing a difference. With just 15 bills signed into law so far this year, the 113th Congress is on pace to be the most unproductive since at least the 1940s. But just because […]

WHY DEMOCRATS LACK DISCIPLINE…

July 25th, 2013

Robert Reich writes: Republican discipline and Democratic lack of discipline isn’t a new phenomenon. As Will Rogers once said, “I’m not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” The difference has to do with the kind of personalities the two parties attract. People who respect authority, follow orders, want clear answers, obey […]

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