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Archives by Tag 'Mitt Romney'
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.” ...