October 2013

Why Does the Tea Party Behave the Way It Does?

October 19, 2013

Disinterested observers of American politics wonder why the Tea Party is pursuing political suicide. To them the Tea Party is a parasite sucking the life out of the Republican Party. The Tea Party sees it differently. Some of them believe they are the keepers of the GOP’s flame; that they are the shock troops of […]

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Bring on the Old White Men

October 14, 2013

The President and Boehner could not get it done. The House and Senate could not get it done. The Senate and the President could not get it done. Now it seems that the only solution to the government shutdown and deficit ceiling follies lies with Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. After all the fuss and […]

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Really? 10.13.13 – The GOP Civil War, Dispatches From the Front Lines

October 13, 2013

The GOP is an existential civil-war between the ideologues and the pragmatists. As with every civil war someone will win – but the conflict hurts both sides. Conservatives point fingers at President Obama’s lackluster approval rating of 37%. However, they do not mention the Democratic approval rate of 42%. They cannot. Because as low as […]

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Is the Tea Party a Cult?

October 11, 2013

In the 1960s and 70s, disillusioned teens and young adults – often from “good” families – joined cults. People unseduced by these cults and their charismatic leaders did not understand the attraction. But for people with a psychological need – or perhaps a psychological wound – cults were a balm for the soul. They provided meaning and […]

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Who Knows More About Money, Warren Buffet or a Tea Partier?

October 10, 2013

Say you have a couple of million to invest, who would you ask for advice, Warren Buffet or Ted Yoho? If you do not know who Yoho is, we’ll get to him in a second. Let’s look at their careers. Warren Buffet is history’s most successful investor, with expertise grounded in 70 years of analysis […]

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Really – 10.6.13 – A Few Thoughts on the Government Shenanigans This Week.

October 6, 2013

Tea Party crackpot Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) was upset that he and Ted Cruz (R-TX) were spanked in a closed door meeting with other Republican Senators. He said on a radio show “It was an all-out attack against Ted Cruz and me,” Lee recalled. “It was unflattering. It was unfair. It was demeaning.” I suppose that Lee […]

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Chutzpah -The Crying Man Sheds Crocodile Tears for Kids.

October 3, 2013

The issue is simple. Does Congress want to fund the government or does it not? The Democrats say yes. The Republicans say yes – but only the parts they like. To hell with elections. To hell with legislation. To hell with the Constitution. We will hold our breath, stick fingers in our ears and go […]

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If Libertarians “Win”, We Will All Be Less Free.

October 2, 2013

Individual rights may be inalienable, but without government they are not guaranteed. Libertarians do not see it that way. They have faith that a severely curtailed government would promote individual liberty. They are wrong. Despite the slurs cast by Tea Partiers, and other right-wing extremists, most Americans value individual liberties. However, most Americans understand that personal freedom in […]

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