Tag Archives: Ronald Reagan

Today’s Chart: Federal Spending Growth

Once again, what we have known for years gets distilled into a nice graph:  the party which runs on smaller government chooses Presidential candidates who in turn consistently grow the federal budget by wide margins versus the party of so-called “tax … Continue reading

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Where The repubiicans Lost It

This post is about the right wing attack on government that’s been building for decades. The case at hand is the Post Office which, as I’ve said before, is in financial difficulties only because the republicans screwed the system over … Continue reading

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History Teaches Us Nothing

Even during G. W. Bush’s lame-duck session the republicans (with an enabling media) began shoving his Administration down the memory hole. It did not start with that uniquely horrific Presidency, of course. For instance, do you know that Reagan ballooned the deficit … Continue reading

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Another Texas Miracle Worker

Back in the 2000 election cycle, then Texas Governor George W. Bush touted his Texas Miracle in education as proof of his bona fides to become the Education President. It did not take long for the truth of the situation … Continue reading

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Classic Projection

The faults we see in others which most annoy us are the faults we hate in ourselves. Also, when inferring the intentions of another based on observed action, often we think, “Well, I would have done such-and-such for this reason … Continue reading

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What Recession?

At work we had a record month in sales. Not just for a usually slow July, but for any month in the company’s history. You’d have to go back six years to find the now number two month. How can … Continue reading

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Newspeak republican Style

They are masters of it: giving names to legislation that range from lofty sounding to innocuous, but in all cases mask their true intent. Remember Bush’s Clear Skies and Healthy Forests initiatives? Clear the skies of birds, perhaps, and as … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance Reform

A campaign season is like a basketball game — it all comes down to the last five minutes. And that’s when people pay attention. There’s even a phrase for it: October Surprise (from the antics of St. Reagan). A major … Continue reading

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Today’s Topic: The Economy

These days, we often hear that the economy is doing better. The question is: For who? The talking heads who tell us that things are looking up are generally in the upper income brackets. What even they don’t realize, it … Continue reading

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I Really Wish I Had Said That

Throughout the past days everyone from pundits to bloggers to beyond have been trying to tease out the nugget of truth underlying the devastating catastrophe in the Gulf Coast. I don’t think there is a small, finite truth to be … Continue reading

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