Class Politics

September 29, 2009

When I was in college, I dated a young woman who used to express horror that if we stayed together we might actually have labor leaders for breakfast. She was expressing a class prejudice. Republicans could comfort themselves that they were the party of the captains of industry, the respectable business leaders, the country’s high society. Read the rest of this entry »


Global Warming is About Patriotism

September 22, 2009

One of the things President Obama talked about yesterday was global warming. Let me add a few comments. Global warming is about patriotism and whether our children, grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of our fellow Americans will have water to drink or food to eat, whether their homes will be destroyed by hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, whether they will be refugees in our own country. Read the rest of this entry »


A Public Option

September 15, 2009

We are being fed attack ads against a public option for health care. Conservatives never tire of telling us how inefficient government is and how wonderful private business is. Read the rest of this entry »


Health Care

September 8, 2009

I’ve been thinking about the health care debate. Some of it has been dishonored by thugs trying to drown out speakers, and people with no sense of integrity making the most outrageous and false claims about it. They dishonor America.

Some of the health care debate has been shadowed by claims that we have the best health care system in the world and therefore we should keep it as it is. Read the rest of this entry »


Chautauqua and Ted Kennedy

September 1, 2009

One of the things my wife and I did this summer was to spend a week visiting Chautauqua. In the far western corner of NY State, Chautauqua was formed a century and a quarter ago as a summer school for Protestant Sunday school teachers. Read the rest of this entry »


Innocence and Evidence Still Don’t Count for our Supreme Court Injustices

September 1, 2009

With a new term of Court about to begin, it is worth spending a moment on one of the cases it decided late last term but that was pushed out of the way by other major news events. The Roberts Court still could not get it through its head that innocence matters. Read the rest of this entry »


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