Tag: GOP

The Biggest DonCon of All: “America First” is Making America Worst

Just as Herbert Hoover, the last Republican “businessman” did, President Trump and the GOP has implemented isolationism, personal enrichment, and a gross ignorance of knowledge about governmental economics, into a death spiral for the U.S., in the world leadership role. Incidentally, Hoover also had an all-Republican Congress at his disposal. Big frigging surprise! First, they…

Congress Should Have Only One Priority When They Return

Congress, in the midst of a month-long August recess, faces a massive policy threat when lawmakers return to Washington next month. By the end of September, Congress must approve legislation to raise the nation’s debt ceiling — or risk an economic disaster. And if the had any sense at all, they’d do away with the entire antiquated law,…

Repeal and Replace Ironies Bite Like a Great White Shark

Come on, we all know why the GOP wants to repeal ACA…because doing so would be a huge tax cut for the wealthy for pete’s sake. The rest is just hogwash. Congratulations Republican and Trump voters; you wanted communism and a Putin puppet so that only the wealthy and well connected comrades benefit from government? You’re about to get your wish and more in 3 days.
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A Badly Missed Debate Issue–The Supreme Court

Ever since the ultra-conservative trifecta of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and John Roberts began running roughshod over the most activist Supreme Court in history—from giving the 2000 election to George W. Bush to the completely anti-Democracy ruling in Citizen’s United and the repeal of the Voting Rights Act which declared racism dead in America—we’ve seen money become the equivalent of free speech, and corporations take on the rights of individuals.

There Are Too Many “Me”s In the American Dream

As tomorrow is Independence Day, I feel the need to express my constantly expanding frustration that Americans are generally divided into two main groups, each with many subgroups of course. But the preponderance of all groups seem to agree one thing: They are disgusted with politicians. Washington seems to be eternally broken ever since Newt…

Democrats Had Better Capitalize on GOP Chaos

After Hillary Clinton delivered her Super Tuesday victory speech, Van Jones said on CNN that his Twitter feed was full of people saying that she had stolen Bernie Sanders’s message. But that was only half-true. While Clinton is incorporating more of Sanders’s progressive populism, her campaign narrative is in the typical tradition of American liberalism.…

Citizens United: GOP Wet Dream Turns Into Trump Nightmare

One important element of the years during which Barack Obama was President will be the historical conservative overreach that could very well lead to the collapse of the national-level Republican Party. And it all started with a Supreme Court case that proved to be rat poison that Republicans eagerly swallowed, thinking it was sugar. The…

A Revolution A Website and Anger Could Be an Omen

There is a streaming website called LiveNewsCloud.tv that has been around for quite some time( in a couple of different formats). And has lately become quite a microcosm of the prevailing state of the politically non-conservative mind in the U.S. You see, LiveNewsCloud has almost all available cable news live feeds from the U.S. and still more…

GOP Voter Suppression Disenfranchises Their Own Too

She, like countless others, is a victim of the Republican Party’s attempt to suppress minority voters from voting for a Democrat. But she’s a Republican and white, in the important swing state of North Carolina. So the plan the GOP has so cynically implemented since the election of the first black U.S. President is catching…

GOP Hypocrisy Even Belies Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

The following is an excerpt from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged:  “Four men sat at a table. Raised sixty floors above the city, they did not speak loudly as one speaks from a height in the freedom of air and space; they kept their voices low, as befitted a cellar.” The four men in this early…

Is the Republican “Southern Strategy” Finally Unraveling?

Richard Nixon, the most successful, and ironically,  the most shamed GOP president of all time; Richard Nixon, the architect of the cynical yet brilliantly effective “Southern Strategy” (that formed a voting bloc of racists, evangelical Christians and under-educated poor white under-achievers); Richard Nixon, the cynical strategist that devised a plan that not only catapulted himself…

Your Childrens’ Future is Dying: It’s On You to Save It

The middle class is on the verge of extinction in America and people are mad, frustrated, and feeling helpless to do anything about it. I totally understand it, but it will not change until we change. And I’m not talking about the got-damm budget deficit. Wages for the middle class has stagnated to such a…

Are Republicans Living in a Different World?

To listen to the Republican candidates is to hear an entirely different campaign — one that centers on defeating Islamic State terrorists, deterring a nuclear Iran, restricting abortion, and debating whether to deport illegal immigrants and construct a wall to keep them out. To the Democratic candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign is about shrinking the…

Clinton Emails My ASS–Condi Rice, Colin Powell, GWB All Used Private Servers !!

Hypocrisy has always been a Republican strong suit, so the current iteration regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server is by no mean a surprise. Hyperventilating Republicans rush to the cameras claiming they’ve found the smoking gun proving their political opponents aren’t just wrong, but that they’re criminals. Traffic hungry reporters take “off the record” spin and run…

The Gubmint Don’t Create No Jobs! Debunked Once & For All

A recurring theme in the upcoming GOP Presidential Debates will surely be the role of the government in the economy, and as sure as Donald Trump is a bloviatious blowhard, there will be the tired old assertions that the government cannot create jobs…and that’s just horse pies. It is a fictitious assertion of a biased…

♫See The USA in Your Chevrolet ♫–Uh-Uh You’ll Need a Tank

The memory-challenged GOP longs for the 1950s when “See the USA in your Chevrolet” was a popular advertising jingle. But ever since Reagan promised to never raise taxes, then quietly raised Social Security taxes twice along with many income-related taxes eleven times, Republicans have embraced the “supply-side”  theory that tax cuts, more than anything else,…

The Reason Our Tax Structure Could Lead to the Next Crash

Warning bells just keep getting louder and louder as the countdown to the Next Crash keeps ticking. Wall Street’s in denial—or possibly simply trying to make as much money as possible to stash offshore before the shit hits the fan–but the Washington Post warns: “U.S. economic growth slows to 0.2 percent, grinding nearly to a…

Dems Moaning, Repubs Smirking, What Now?

With all the Democratic moaning and the Republican smirking, everyone seems to agree: Democrats were destroyed, once again, by the party’s own infamous, albeit typical, downright astonishing ineptitude at executing (mostly) very good ideas and mushy, scared campaigns. Liberals across American are once again licking their wounds in a sort of flabbergasted, how-could-this-happen disbelief, as…

Don’t Get Used to Low Gas Prices-Big Ethanol is Lobbying

(updated from October 22, 2014) Weakening demand for gasoline–which also affects ethanol producers–is getting ready to hit the front pages of a few major news outlets–but you won’t see this on any televised news–and not for a reason known by average Americans. U.S. ethanol producers are approaching the so-called “blend wall,” a term used to define a condition…

Austerity: Punishing the Poor for Mistakes of the Rich

Why can’t Americans take the simple action to look across the ocean and see just how badly austerity devastates economies, and especially the poor, during economic downturns? Do we really want the same to happen here just to make President Obama look bad? Really? Because this is what you can expect if we keep cutting…

GOP Austerity Could Kill You…on the Highways

The latest battle over taxes and GOP austerity is hitting the highway, and could kill anyone reading this article including you, your children, or your children’s children. As Democrats have been trying to reason with Congressional Republicans in general, and Tea Party zealots in particular, our roads and bridges, as badly degraded as they are,…

It’s the GOP Making the U.S. Look Weak Not Obama

Contrary to what weak assed FOX bimbos would have you believe, if anybody is making the U.S. look weak, it’s the GOP, not President Obama. Consider what the rest of the educated world sees through non-partisan eyes: On Sunday Senator Lindsey Graham went on CNN’s “State of the Union”, and claimed President Obama is “weak and…

If Merely Surviving is Touted as a Job Goal Has The GOP Won?

When survival is touted as a job goal, self-sacrifice becomes a virtue. These people– A lawyer, a computer scientist, a military analyst, and a teacher–have something in common that fifteen years ago would’ve been unimaginable; they are trained professionals, most with advanced degrees, who cannot find a full-time job. Since 2008, they have been tenuously employed –either working…

The Media Has Failed America As Badly As Republicans

Lost in all the political falderal for the last five years is the fact that teevee media “news” departments–once immune to budget constraints and concerned more with getting the truth to the American viewing public than ratings–have become farther from actual “truth-seekers” than professional wrestlers have become to the youngster participating in the sport you…

WHOA! Putin Bullshits Just Like A Republican!

I have to admit; I read Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed with amazement; not so much at what he said, but how much he sounded like a typical Republican practicing the fine art of cognitive dissonance. Actually, George W. Bush was the first administration to fully utilize the fact that news cycles have become instantaneous.…

Do Repeated Acts of Southern Treason Invite a 2nd Civil War?

150 years after the end of the US Civil War, the same Confederates and the federal government are poised for a rematch over the repeated acts of treason by states seeking to deny one of the most important founding tenets of democracy– voting rights– to black Americans, and ultimately over the fundamental rights of all…

Opinions Are Like Butts Everybody Has One and Most Stink

Here’s my beef for today; in America, we have become so accustomed to 24/7 access to so much information that the line between opinion and fact have become one and the same for the least informed but biggest slice of our country. Hell yes everybody is entitled to their opinion, but like butts, everybody has…

Budget “Austerians” And Deficit Hawks Won’t Face The Facts

Today’s Liberal Beef?  It staggers my imagination to think of how much more solid the U.S. economy’s recovery would be if not for the damned “austerians”, or Tea partiers as they prefer to be labeled—and boy do they LOVE labels– were not such suckers for the panderers and deficit-obsessed. According to the latest forecasts, both…

Is the Sun Setting On the U.S. Middle-Class?

You have to hand it to Americans; despite inexorable proof to the contrary, a surprisingly large number of them refuse to admit that the sun is setting on the middle class. Now, that’s not just HGtransecon’s  observation. It’s also the implied, if not stated conclusion of a very recent Heartland Monitor poll, which is conducted…

Don’t Get Too Excited About February’s Unemployment Drop

More than five years after George W. Bush’s economic crash, it apparently doesn’t take much to get people excited about the state of unemployment. The Labor Department’s February employment report showing the economy generated a better than expected 236,000 jobs and the unemployment rate had fallen 0.2 percentage points to 7.7% was sufficient to get the optimists’…

Same Mistakes Being Made Now That Caused The Great Depression

By embracing the gratuitous anti-government rhetoric and archaic economic theorizing that passes for policy analysis in much of today’s G.O.P., Congress and the White House might be making the same mistake that F.D.R.’s Administration made in 1937, when it brought on another recession. And Fed Chairman Bernanke, a much-ballyhooed expert on the Great Depression has,…

The GOP Bankrupted the Postal Service On Purpose

Not surprisingly, the GOP with their ever-larger bag of dirty tricks, is the reason The United States Postal Service recently announced that it is cutting Saturday delivery starting in August, moving to a five-day schedule as part of a multiyear effort to reduce costs and remain viable. And that’s not the only change coming down in 2013.…

Lobbyists-The Political Mafia

What our economy needs is a friendlier environment to the kind of entrepreneurial risk-taking that has always been America’s trump card over all other countries; which means getting the Mafia of modern politics–lobbyists and their corrupting big money–out of Washington. Monopolies bring power and money. It happened during prohibition, it happened before the Great Depression,…

The 1930s Recession Could Return as Soon as This Friday

The sharp decline from the 3.1 percent growth in the previous quarter to the contraction by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter has not as yet lead to widespread fears that the United States is about to enter another recession. Not yet anyway. But given that much of the cause of the decline can be…

Months To Recession But Obama Must Hang Tough On Cliff

If lawmakers do nothing, America faces fiscal tightening in 2013 worth up to 5% of GDP. That is a Greek-scale squeeze. No, it would not take many months for it to push the country into recession. But hopefully it won’t come to that and, conceivably, it could very well be the only way to Bring…

GOP Is Sure To Throw Debt Ceiling Tantrum-So Let’s Just End It

Must Republicans abuse every basic standard of humanity regardless of who it hurts  just so they can notch a “win”? We all know that Republicans are going to throw their newest hissy-fit using the debt ceiling; so let’s end what was intended to be nothing more than a parliamentary procedure once and for all. The…

Voters Should Do More Than Just Vote

If the last two years have taught me anything, it’s that the voting public in the U.S. should do more than just vote. I hate to be the buzz-kill at the party, but that simply isn’t enough. Going to work, coming home, raising kids, setting good examples, etc., are not acts of heroism. It’s the…

A Statistical Reason Romney Lost a “Sure Thing” Election

Lost among the “news” stories, following the 2012 election, the tale of Mitt Romney’s loss among Hispanic voters was on the front pages of New York Times and Washington Post, but there are clear and statistical reasons. Aside from the bubble that Republicans were living in where they even thought that if they just made…

The Fiscal Cliff: I Say Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

There used to be a saying when I was younger, stronger, smarter, and had more stamina that went something like, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I think what we’re going to see post-election would be better to consider as, “Nothing Done, And Your Ass is Mine!” In the immediate aftermath of what, by most accounts, is…

What the Hell Has Happened to Our Democracy?

In conducting research for most of what I write, I correspond with many people well-read in economics and politics. And thanks to the internet, many of them are from other countries. Not surprisingly, the question I’m most often asked is “What the hell has happened to your democracy? The Republican Party seems to be dishonest,…

The Fiscal Cliff: I’m Ready For The Ride

The political arena is finally heating up beyond the land of debate prep. The “fiscal cliff” – what some call a pending economic calamity that is happening outside the bubble of the circus that has become American elections — is drawing closer, and analysts have already begun talking about the specific ways in which it…

Say Goodbye to Democracy If SuperPacs Succeed

Uber-Wealthy contributors behind right-wing campaign ads are after more than just victory in November. They’re trying to permanently reshape the political landscape–to change America from a Democracy into little more than a huge  banana republic; with a willing, complicit media. How else can we possibly explain what is happening before our eyes? We know that…

Choosing A President Has Made Us All Batcrap Crazy

What Americans allow themselves to be put through to choose a president, or any elected office it seems, is, to coin a cable pundit, batcrap crazy. The insane machinations Americans put themselves through to elect governing officials in general, and presidents specifically, has become an odd embodiment of some twisted manifest destiny of entertainment/politics/professional wrestling.…

GOP Win Means More 9/11, War, Economic Collapse, Class Warfare

It amazes me how short the memories of American voters can be. Aside from 9/11, the unnecessary Iraq War, the botched response to Katrina, Enron, WorldCom and the Great Recession of 2008, (all of which happened during the last Republican administration), Class Warfare on Unions, Women, Minorities, etc., all seem to be from another era;…

Say it With Me-Release the Biden!!

“Release the Biden” has been the phrase bouncing around in my head for weeks. Honestly, it’s been growing exponentially louder lately. Even as I watched brilliant orator, President Barack Obama, energize campaign crowds, I kept hearing a little voice in my head saying, “I wonder if President Obama is a better debater than he was…

Hyper Partisanship Means Not Learning From Our Mistakes

The U.S. has become a victim of one of the most common dalliances in the history of the world; not learning from its mistakes. That’s what hyper partisanship will do to a nation. That’s what hyper partisanship is doing to this country. It’s a huge diversion and it keeps the country from learning from its…

Bad Medicine is Killing the Economy

Bad medicine is killing the economy. As I have said before, allowing political ideology, politicians, pundits, and a.m. radio hosts influence or dictate economic policy for the U.S. is absolute folly. Let me go one step further. It’s like having a someone who reads WEBMD prescribe medicine; what we’ve been doing is letting that person…

Monetary Policy Helps But Conservative Policy Would Destroy America

Central banks on both sides of the Atlantic took extraordinary monetary policy measures in September, but Republican policies would destroy any chance of America regaining it’s once-lofty status. The long awaited “QE3” (the third dose of quantitative easing by the United States Federal Reserve), and the European Central Bank‘s announcement that it will purchase unlimited…

Jack Welch and FOX NEWS: Paragons of Misinformation

The September jobs report, which revealed a surprising drop in the unemployment rate, immediately provoked conspiracy theories among the Obama administration’s critics. Former General Electric chief Jack Welch and FOX NEWS, paragons of skewed and biased opinions, have added conspiracy and misinformation to their proud resumes. This past Friday, October 5th, and kicked off the…

Idea: Put Economics Back Into Debate on Economy

There is significant agreement among conventional economists, including those from  both the left and right, on most key macroeconomic issues. But watching Republicans and Democrats constantly go after one another in public over economic theories reminds me of the theatrics of “professional wrestling”.  It’s easy to  assume that there’s a world of difference in their…

Do Not Believe Romney or GOP Will Lower Your Taxes

I don’t have any way of knowing whether or not you believe Mitt Romney will lower your taxes, but there is no way in hell that I believe he will lower my taxes. Despite being a white, southern, working-class, male voter, Mitt Romney really only has one thing to offer me in exchange for my vote;…

GOP Out to Destroy the Last Defense To Economic Disaster

Mounting politically-motivated threats of interference from the  Republican Party on the Federal Reserve endangers the central bank’s independence and undermines confidence in the nearly century-year old institution that represents the last hurdle to another Great Depression. Having witnessed over the last 30+ years the Republican Party’s methodical roll-back of safeguards erected after the Great Depression,…

Tampa Is Ground Zero for the Real Class Warfare

Republicans gather this week in Tampa, to nominate Mitt Romney for president. This is GroundZero for the real class warfare being waged in America. No more “quiet rooms” where Romney says taxes should be discussed. They will ruminate endlessly over how to change the national mood toward the absolute necessity of limited government, individual liberties and free markets.…

The Cure for the Republican Economic Bird Flu

The Republicans/Conservatives have infected the global economy with an economic bird flu crisis. Luckily there is a cure. The type of economic crisis that we are in consists of two distinct stages. We are now in the second and increasingly lethal  stage. This crisis is global in its scale and degree of its reach. It…

GOP Myths On The Economy

Myths seem to abound whenever economics is the issue. Below is a serious attempt at debunking some of the more prevalent bumper-sticker, no-basis-in-fact myths promulgated by the GOP. These are the most-often misquoted myths by conservatives who have brain-washed the masses who depend upon such economic intellectual giants like Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, and Rush…

Don’t Be Fooled-The GOP is Anti Capitalism

Capitalism is not perfect and is vulnerable to both human nature and some major flaws that have flourished since the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. In order for true Capitalism to function correctly, the government has to counter the flaws of capitalism, without hindering the market place, and provide a level playing field to insure competition…

Economic Policy – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

It’s time for the American electorate to stop listening to television “news organizations” that are more interested in stirring emotion and ratings than providing objective and meaningful analysis. Borrowing the title of this article from the iconic band Chicago, circa 1969 is oddly appropriate to where economic and political conditions currently stand in the U.S.…

Freddie and Fannie-The GOP Big Lie

There have been many lies promulgated regarding the meltdown in the real estate market, the subsequent Wall Street crash, and the seemingly unending unemployment crisis gripping the country some three years later. But none of the lies reach the level of intensity surrounding the GOP lie that basically states that Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac…

What No One Is Telling You

As we approach another new year, the political season will begin to heat up in the midst of the cold winter ahead. A great many things can happen between now and election day next November and if anyone could accurately predict what those things would be, they could instantly become part of the “1%”. Unfortunately,…

DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE-THE GOP HITS A NEW LOW

Normally, it’s all I can do to post an article of mine every other day or so, but good lord, the Republicans just keep forcing my hand. How in the world the lame-stream media can just continue to allow Republicans to lie, cheat and steal with complete abandon and no challenge is beyond me.  …

The Really Big Lies that Politicians DO NOT Want You To Know

There seems to me to be a basic truth that the American population has come to accept that says: POLITICIANS CANNOT BE TRUSTED. Despite having made that discovery, most Americans seem to break that one short idiom down by adding a defining rationalization: POLITICIANS FROM THE “OTHER” PARTY CANNOT BE TRUSTED. The Occupy Wall Street…

Republicans and The Supercommittee: Winning! Duh?

On more than one occasion, I have found myself lying awake at night wishing that either the Republicans would find some actual morals(as opposed to the ones they so stridently feign), or at the very least stumble upon the epiphany that it’s ok not to hate their fellow Americans, even if they are poor. Since…

Grover Norquist and Joe Scarborough-A Marriage Made in Heaven

Straying from my normal subject of the economy, I would like to address possibly the worst case of that which is wrong with the political “reporting/commentary” so prevalent on television today.   The popularity of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is widely held to be Joe Scarborough’s mix of good ole boy, Republican conservatism juxtaposed by the…

Call Me Nostradamous?

Wouldn’t it be great to think that the congressional super committee is going to reach a bipartisan deal? Politically, it would be so refreshing to see Washington function for a change. But experience suggests to me that when all the smoke clears, there will be no deal.   So, you ask, what will happen? The Republicans…

The New Silent Majority

In a quiet suburb of Jackson, MS some church-goers gathered to chat about politics, their country, the announcement that all troops would be coming home from Iraq after 8 long, hard years. “Civility”, said Tom Richardson, a Democrat (one of the few willing to admit it in the reddest of red states), “There’s no such…