Author Archives: TomPaine

Why Democrats Fail at Politicking

Right when we were all ready to be pleasantly surprised that the payroll tax cut extension would pass Congress without further shenanigans, came today’s ugly bombshell from the House Republican leadership. After Republicans had already managed to strip the “Millionaires’ … Continue reading

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TAKE ACTION — Fix the Filibuster and End Corporate Abuse of Democracy

The filibuster is not in the US Constitution.  However, Senators have lately been abusing it in unprecedented amounts.  If you are frustrated with the logjam in the Senate, take action by urging your Senators to seek meaningful reform.  Also, visit Common … Continue reading

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Constitutional Amendment Now!

We need a Constitutional amendment that very meaningfully restricts campaign contributions and lobbying.  The Citizens United Supreme Court opinion used a twisted interpretation of First Amendment “free speech” rights to allow corporations to spend enormous amounts of money for or … Continue reading

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New Nicholas Kristof Column Gives Specific Demands for Occupy Wall Street

Nicholas Kristof’s new column in the New York Times has some great, specific ways to make Wall Street and the entire banking industry serve to better the economy, rather than to destabilize it: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/opinion/sunday/kristof-the-bankers-and-the-revolutionaries.html The Occupy Wall Street movement that … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Protests an Enormous Opportunity

Reading about the Occupy Wall Street marches in New York (and around the world) has made me cautiously optimistic.  These are people marching against things that we are all upset about — the injustices that the political and economic establishment … Continue reading

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Former Bush Administration Feuds Just Remind us of the Horrors of that Era

In the days after juicy details from ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s new book hit the airwaves, Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell have exchanged tired volleys of blame and self-defense. Here’s an article. Mr. Cheney’s complaints further expose the … Continue reading

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Growing Inequality in America

This is a set of graphs and diagrams from the magazine Mother Jones that show the alarming increase of inequality in America over the past few decades.  We should all be very worried about this. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph

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