Month: February 2011

“Shock Doctrine” in Wisconsin

First, a few notes about Wisconsin: •  Speaking with Rachel Maddow, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett observes that when Gov. Scott Walker spoke last week with the “fake David Koch,” he made no mention of a “fiscal crisis” that he claims compels him to strip public workers...

Taxing the Rich: Still a Good and Fair Idea

Budget cutting is all the rage; a recent attempt to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire was defeated by Obama’s deal with the Republican congressional leadership. (See our reaction to that regrettable deal here and here.) In this time of (unnecessary) revenue shortfalls...

Who in America Remembers Afghanistan?

How will we ever see the end of a war that everyone seems to have forgotten—everyone except the families and friends of the wounded and the dead? “We are not dealing with a conventional war. We cannot respond in a conventional manner. I do not want to see this spiral...

Praying for Change in Egypt

* This photograph of Egyptian Christians joining hands to protect their Muslim fellow citizens bowing in prayer in Cairo is both heartening to see and conveys the support we feel for the democracy movement in Egypt. (Christians in Egypt, known as Copts, are some 10 to...

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