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More gibberish from the celebrated “moderate conservative.”
How can Obama build a “majority coalition” that includes the party of NO? No matter what he advocates, the despicable Republicans will call him a socialist.
Conservatives are responsible for the paralysis of the American political system, not liberals (if one can even call the Democrats by that name).
Can anybody take this master of obfuscation seriously?
“Moderate Conservative” David Brooks is at it again, claiming that “the entire Democratic governing” (body?) thinks a welfare state can be paid for “”by taxing the top 2 percent” of the population.
That is a falsification of the progressive position. We think the top 2 percent should be paying more taxes. We don’t think everybody else should be exempted from doing so, as Brooks is implying.
We also think the government is a major source of employment and there is plenty of work that needs doing. However, conservatives like Brooks continue to claim that private enterprises can spur the economy, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Many entrepreneurs have the cash for investment but are sitting on it.
Right now, the United States requires a massive federal jobs program. It would lower unemployment, be a source of taxes and the customers our economy so desperately needs.
Kudos to Maureen Dowd for her exposé of Dick Cheney, the shadow president of the USA from 2001 to 2009.
This unrepentant rightwing hawk should be kept in view for all Americans to see. That a corporate thug like Cheney could have acquired such a commanding grip on the executive branch of the government is truly shocking. If the GOP leaders wanted Cheney to be their actual president, he should have been placed at the top of the Republican ticket.
We cannot let this happen again!
Declan Walsh has given us the understatement of the year: “If one thing is clear about the drones, it is that all side-Pakistanis, Americans and the Taliban–have an interest in manipulating reports about their impact.”
They have been lying through their teeth for years! Can any information regarding Pakistan be believed?
What “common-sense caucus” does the GOP have? It is the party of pirates that serves the interests of an American plutocracy and obstructs the workings of democracy at every turn.
After a century of exploitation by a consortium of nations, the Chinese learned to hit back. No wonder the former bullies are crying foul.
Once upon a time, the Western Powers, led by Great Britain, tipped the balance of trade with China by the massive importation of opium in to the country. That ruthless strategy undermined the Chinese economy and deeply scarred its society.
Doesn’t Brooks know that story?
Kudos to Paul Krugman for again denouncing austerity as the remedy for the depression gripping Europe.
Though it probably will not save capitalism in the long run, deficit spending should be the order of the day. Governments can create more jobs than the private sector can.
Mr. Brooks, any “agenda for the future” proposed by President Obama will be opposed by the Republicans! Besides, the depression gripping the country requires relief measures, not the business-friendly proposals of a so-called “moderate conservative.”
The condition of the American working class is abominable because it has been underpaid for decades. A New Deal is the order of the day. People need to be put to work full time and paid decent wages.
When are you going to learn that nothing much can be done by a government over which the very wealthy have so much control?
It is one thing to praise Hillary Clinton for her service to the country; it is another to push her candidacy for president in 2016.
Our politicians already spend too much time running for office. Obama is the president today and he has much to do right now!
Progressive people should be keeping a sharp eye on how he will conduct himself. We should not be worrying about an election that is four years away.
Cheers to David Brooks for his Friday column about immigration!
Sounding like the moderate conservative he claims to be, it should help the current debate on this subject.