As the healthcare debate rages on in Congress and the Russia scandal continues to dominate social media conversation, liberals and politicos are currently giving props to two of Fox News’ longstanding personalities. Shepard Smith and Mike Wallace both expressed frustration and exasperation with the Trump administration’s continuing lies about their contact with Russian officials during the campaign.
Why anyone is in any sense surprised or exasperated at their compulsive dishonesty is an absolute mystery to me. Continue reading
This past Wednesday, socialist third party Socialist Alternative published an article on their official website congratulating Democratic Socialists of America for gaining 21,000 dues paying members. Along with those kudos came a suggestion: form a new socialist party to build on the growth DSA has already experienced.
This would be a mistake. Continue reading
The big debate surrounding healthcare right now is the struggle against the cruel, atavistic Trumpcare bill currently sitting in the Senate like a metastasizing tumor. This is for good reason; it’s a bill that would condemn thousands of people to death by denying them access to healthcare in order to fund a tax cut for America’s billionaires. The horrors now being considered in Congress have created an atmosphere that has helped the cause of single payer healthcare to gain more and more supporters. If you were an enterprising politician, you might think that getting on board with the single payer idea might be a good way to shore up support in the year before big elections.
You might think that. Or you might be California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Render. Continue reading
In the newly released season of Netflix’s hit show House of Cards, the character of Tom Hammerschmidt, a hard-nosed reporter working at the in-universe stand-in of the Washington Post, says of President Frank Underwood “He has no ideology, no North Star”. This is in the middle of his massive investigation into the backhanded dealings and possible murders committed by the President or his staffers. Of course, said dealings and murders have been the main narrative thrust and draw of House of Cards ever since it began its run back in 2013. However, ask someone who considers themselves “into politics” in some sort of measure, and they’ll tell you that they like the show because of the supposed “truth” it provides in it’s cynical portrayal of American politics as a shark tank of backbiting politicians and thieves.
However, this is only the image that the show wants you to see. Continue reading
Lewis Black used to have a line in his Bush-era routine about how he would have difficulty trying to make relevant jokes about current events because something new and bizarre would prop up every other day. One day the administration would talk about immigration, the next it’s about Iran, and after that it’s about education. It’s hard to really think clearly about what’s happening around you if the main topic of discussion keeps changing every five minutes.
That same sort of confusing milieu has returned once again, only this time it’s been given a horse pill full of adrenaline and sent out on stage without pants on. Continue reading
The Republican Party has taken it’s first crucial step to killing thousands of Americans so that some rich people can get a tax cut.
Now that may seem hyperbolic on first glance, but rest assured that it is completely accurate. Yesterday the House GOP passed the American Healthcare Act by a margin of 217-213, and it now makes its way to the Senate. When I say this bill will kill thousands, I’m making a very conservative estimate in doing so. Continue reading
What’s old has become new again.
Over the past few days, the Texas legislature was debating a bill designed to punish sanctuary cities within the state and college campus police that don’t follow along as well. Typical sort of reactionary legislation that has become commonplace in the country now. However, things took a turn for the worse when an amendment was added to the bill by Matt Schaefer, Continue reading