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Mitt Romney and the Gift of White Supremacy
COREY D. B. WALKER
“White supremacy was all but world-wide . . . [t]he using of men for the benefit of masters is no new invention . . . [t]he imperial width of the thing, – the heaven defying audacity – makes its modern newness.” W.E.B Du Bois, Darkwater:  V...
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
MICHAEL HUDSON
The Democrats could not have won so handily without the Citizens United ruling. That is what enabled the Koch Brothers to spend their billions to support right-wing candidates that barked and growled like sheep dogs to give voters little civilized option but to vote for ...
How Mormon Doctrine Shapes Romney’s World View
KIRK ROBINSON
As Mormon missionaries in the 1960s, Mitt Romney and I were required to present six “discussions” to “investigators” before baptizing them – he in France and I in northern California. Central to those discussions was the “Plan of Salvation” (POS); and centra...
Slick Psychopathic Imposters
SAMUEL LEFF
Susan Katz asked, “Governor Romney, I am an undecided voter, because I’m disappointed with the lack of progress I’ve seen in the last four years. However, I do attribute much of America’s economic and international problems to the failings and missteps ...
The Age of Post-Truth Politics
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
As a child, I was taught that American presidents were paragons of truth-telling.  My first grade teacher told us children that George Washington never told a lie—even as a child.  The story of young George saying “I cannot tell a lie,” and confessing to his fathe...
The Romney Doctrine
GENE GRABINER
In May of 2012, Mitt Romney made his now famous 47% speech to a secret group of very wealthy donors. In this presentation, we see the “Romney Doctrine” in full relief. In fact, we rarely, (perhaps never), have seen a more open class analysis of our country made by a p...
Mitt Romney: a True Political Cynic
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
Mitt Romney’s three debate performances in October 2012 have exposed his political cynicism, with the Republican candidate abandoning long-term positions in order to adopt more moderate ideas for the run-up to next month’s election.  Prior to the debates, Rom...
“Kick-a-Nigger” Politics
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to car...
Beware the Mormon in the Grass
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
In the beginning, as we know, was the Word of one Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Mormon Church, finder of the so-called Golden Plates from which he was able to translate the Book of Mormon.  Joseph Smith today in Mormon theology is considered “the prophet, priest and...
The US Elections and the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions. There is little...
Where are the Clergy?
MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Our two fathers would have much to say to today’s presidential and Senate candidates who are pandering for middle class votes?  As if tens of millions of economically struggling families, like the ones in which we were raised, did not even exist.  In the face of such ...
Romney’s $9 Trillion Dilemma
ANDREW FIELDHOUSE and ISAAC SHAPIRO
The budget plan of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney includes large unspecified consequences; these are tallied here, and the complete implications of the plan are briefly illustrated. The tally includes not only the unspecified tax increases his plan dictates t...
A Master Class in Lying
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Mitt Romney might be the most brazen political liar since James Polk.   Polk, who was the 11th U.S. president (1845-1849),  lied through his teeth–to Congress,Johnson (Vietnam) and Bush Jr. (Iraq), but Polk had the same audacious, “lying is part of what I do,” dis...
Neocon Redux
BINOY KAMPMARK
President Barack Obama’s sin at the first Presidential debate was one of misunderstanding the rules.  The rules, that is, of theatre.  American presidential politics has for at least two generations been a matter of the forced smile, the folksy refrain, the false sens...
The Politics of Big Bird
RAOUF J. HALABY
During the first Presidential debate Barak Obama gave Mitt Romney a pass on what has to be one of the most egregiously insipid and outright stupid statements uttered by a White House aspirant. The man who likes to fire people, play loose with the facts, change his philoso...
Why Romney’s Mormonism Matters
RENATO WARDLE
It came as no surprise that Mitt Romney secured the GOP nomination for the 2012 elections. The current Republican Party is dominated by right-wing extremists hell-bent on galvanizing the United States into a militant Christian hegemony. Because of this fanatical atmospher...
Romney’s Impossible Math
ANDREW FIELDHOUSE
On Wednesday night, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made news by substantially “etch-a-sketching” the tax policy he had been running on since the GOP primaries began. In making up policy on the fly, he promised that his tax cuts would be entirely...
Losing the Plot
JAMES McENTEER
Quito. Down at the neighborhood tavern, I was listening for the umpteenth time to my friend Barney lament how food stamps are not accepted for alcohol. Like me, Barney’s been out of work almost two years now. He’s been through the five stages of grief ...
Taxes and the Super Rich
ROBERT HUNZIKER
Mitt Romney claims his tax rate of 14% on investment income of $20 million is “fair,” which means he is comfortable with the fact that he has a lower tax rate than average middle class American families. He made this proclamation on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sund...
Romney and the Royals
PATRICK COCKBURN
It is always gratifying to find a politician or celebrity behaving in the same way as malign caricatures of themselves. In Dickens’s Hard Times the stereotypical capitalist is Mr Bounderby, a banker who denounces his workers for expecting “to be set up i...
Romney Rescues the Democrats From Themselves
MICHAEL BRENNER
Mitt Romney’s meltdown has Democrats in a celebratory mood. They are so accustomed to living on thin political rations that their enthusiasm waxes whenever fortune smiles upon them. This sudden brightening of prospects in the Presidential election may have nothing t...
Mitt’s Bad Week
ROB URIE
It was Spring of 2010, less than a year after the official end of the last recession but still deep in the throes of the Great Recession, that Barack Obama’s ‘deficit commission’ met for the first time. With close to twenty-five million people unemployed ...
The Full Romney
RALPH NADER
There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victi...
Romney and Netanyahu
URI AVNERY
Once upon a time, President Richard Nixon wanted to appoint a certain lawyer to the US Supreme Court. “But the man is a complete moron!” one senator exclaimed. “So what,” answered another, “There are a great many morons in the US, and they have a r...
Tax-Free Capitalism
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The wealthy capitalist elites are at war against taxes! This undeclared war is so substantive that its consequences have undermined the ability of major governments to provide social services to ordinary citizens, and it is a direct cause of unsustainable, mushroom...
America’s New “Separate and Unequal” Societies
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
After studying the 1967 U.S. urban riots, the Kerner Commission’s report indicted White America’s institutions and society for creating and condoning a destructive environment of segregation and poverty in the racial ghettos, and warned, “Our nation is moving toward...
The Hollow Man and the Pathological Liar
CHARLES R. LARSON
There’s the apocryphal Indian story where the swami is asked what holds up the world.  When he answers, “A turtle,” the follow-up question becomes, “What’s holding up the turtle?”  And the swami’s answer: “It’s turtles all the way down.” The R...
Crown Obama: It’s Over
BEN SCHREINER
The most remarkable aspect of the now widely watched video of an “off-the-cuff” Romney, paradoxically enough, was just how unremarkable his recorded comments really were. Sure, Romney managed to slur as parasitic all those who fe...
The Art of Political Suicide
BINOY KAMPMARK
Now we will be stuck with him [Obama] for another four years because Mitt the unfit can’t get his shit together. Anonymous GOP strategist, Capitol Hill Blue, Sep...
The Banality of Hyperbole
THOMAS KNAPP
You know the quadrennial refrain: Americans are politically “polarized.” Half of us are ranting right-wing Torquemadists, the other half are raving left-wing Jacobins, and by implication the country faces a stark binary choice between those two approaches to g...
Party Poopery, With Confetti
LINH DINH
The recently deceased Reverend Moon ain’t got ish on American politicians when it comes to mesmerizing the masses. I mean, Moon could only get, what, a million couple to wed, sans courtship, dinners, drinks and kisses, and even without a common language, but an American...
How Mitt Dodged the Draft
H. BRUCE FRANKLIN
May 1966.  Mitt Romney is just finishing his first—and only—year at Stanford.  I’m a 32-year-old ex-Strategic Air Command navigator and intelligence officer, now an associate professor in Stanford’s English Department and something of an anti-Vietnam War activis...
Life Under Romney
SAUL LANDAU
We survived eight years under George W. Bush, albeit seriously wounded by his two wars and a destroyed economy that resulted from his martial efforts. This year we watched Mitt Romney buy and maneuver his way into the 2012 Republican presidential candidacy. At the Republi...
Dear Slaves
JOE GIAMBRONE
Excuse me, not “slaves.”  How could I be so callously imprecise?  For slavery has long been outlawed.  I’d call you simply employees, but seeing how you aren’t likely employees of mine, that too would seem presumptuous. The public relations specialists will fig...
Republicans Cross the Rubicon
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Does anyone remember when National Public Radio was an independent voice? During the 1980s NPR was continually on the case of the Reagan administration. NPR certainly had a Democratic slant, and a lot of its reporting about the Reagan administration was one-sided. ...
The Spreading Financial Rot
SERGE HALIMI
The US financial rot spread, causing a global economic crisis with catastrophic results: no jobs, millions of property owners bankrupt, waning social security. That was five years ago. Now it is quite possible that the next incumbent of the White House may be Willard Mitt...
Triumph of the Romneylans
JEFF TAYLOR
Tampa and Beyond. Last week, I was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. First, two disclaimers:  (1) In writing about proceedings in Tampa, I’m speaking for myself, not for my state delegation, state party, or any other group.  (2) ...
So You Want a Businessman for President?
CHARLES R. LARSON
Even Sinclair Lewis—first American winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1930)—got it right.  In ...
Romney’s China-Bashing
PETER LEE
Awkwardness seems to be a defining characteristic of the Mitt Romney campaign to be the next United States president and of his China policy, as well as of the candidate himself. Certainly, Romney does not have an easy row to hoe. A moderate Mormon plutocrat who se...
Among the Paulites in Tampa
JEFF TAYLOR
Tampa. I’m a delegate to the Republican National Convention. First, two disclaimers:  (1) In writing about proceedings in Tampa, I’m speaking for myself, not for my state delegation, state party, or any other group.  (2) Any criticism of Mitt ...
Romney’s Blood Money
SANDY SMITH-NONINI
Recent revelations about Mitt Romney’s highly profitable company Bain Capital help connect the dots between offshore tax shelters, shady investors; and the role that ill-gotten gains plays in today’s casino-like finance capital. Both the Los Angeles Times and H...
Romney’s Big Tax Dilemma
DAVE LINDORFF
GOP presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as noted in my previous piece, Mitt’s Big Secret, is probably stonewalling demands that he release his 2009 and earlier IRS filings because th...
The Romneys and the Black/White Achievement Gap
RICHARD ROTHSTEIN
We cannot remedy the large racial achievement gaps in American education if we continue to close our eyes to the continued racial segregation of schools, owing primarily to the continued segregation of our neighborhoods. We pretend that this segregation is nobody’s ...
The Romney-Akin Axis
BINOY KAMPMARK
If a campaign can self-destruct in an inferno of imbecility, then this must surely provide a good recipe for it.  Aiken’s grasp of reality, at least when it comes to those of the opposite gender, is slim, caricatured and severe.  Enter then, the disastrous move that r...
Romney and His Tax Returns
WALTER BRASCH
When a craven of buffoons and bigots disguised in the bodies of Birthers figured that anyone with dark skin and a foreign name had to be born outside the U.S., Barack Obama provided a birth certificate. Not just the usual “short form,” but a state-certified copy of th...
Mitt’s Big Secret
DAVE LINDORFF
A lot of theories have been put forward to try and explain why Romney has allowed his campaign to become bedeviled by charges of tax dodging, but what if what he is hiding is felonious tax fraud? Okay, so he’s taken the legal option of delaying filing his 201...
How to Survive in a Perfect Mess
JOHN GRANT
When we talk about
settling the world’s problems,
we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess.
It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straig...
Get Ready for the Slaughter
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Gaeta, Italy. Romney’s choice of the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Paul Ryan, as his running mate mirrors John McCain’s disastrous choice of Sarah Palin four years ago, although Ryan is probably a more able politician.  B...
Romney’s Salt Lake City Olympics Secrets
ROBERT WEINER, ROBIN CAMPBELL-BENNETT and SADIQ AHMED
As an American abroad at the London Olympics, Mitt Romney stated on worldwide television that there are “disconcerting” aspects to the current Games.  Not quite endearing himself to the Brits, on NBC from London, he criticized the security, the immigration control, a...
Hide-and-Seek With Mitt and Barack
MICHAEL DONNELLY
“Well, it’s time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course, that’s totally and completely wrong.” ...