The Sequestration Snooze: Californians Know It by Heart

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Joseph Palermo: Many of the same Washington “journalists” who ten years ago failed us miserably in their foreign policy reportage leading up to the Iraq war by serving as stenographers for those who hyped the WMD scare are now failing to report accurately on domestic policy. Now they’ve become stenographers for the deficit scolds, most of whom are Republicans.

Kerry, Hagel: Vietnam, Iraq

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Joe Palermo: Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush’s war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

The “Gun Wage”

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Joseph Palermo: Like the old Jim Crow “race wage” the “gun wage” allows lower middle-class white men to feel a little less besieged by immigrants, feminists, blacks and Others.

‘Right-Wing Social Engineering’ Still Strong Despite Democratic Gains in 2012

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Joeseph Palermo: President Obama and the Democrats’ willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky “chained CPI” right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right’s long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate’s wishes.

The Oligarchs’ Coup in Michigan

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Joseph Palermo: With the stroke of a pen Michigan Governor Rick Snyder reduced the earning potential of millions of people, lowered the quality of the state’s schools and government services, and set up the next fiscal crisis when, lo and behold, they discover that low-wage workers have little means to pay taxes adequate to meet the basic needs of the state.

Republican “Bubble” — Yet to Pop

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Joseph Palermo: The rubbish that House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional Republicans keep dishing out about the federal budget shows the multimedia “bubble” that envelops the GOP and its mouthpieces is pretty durable.

Begun the Drone Wars Have

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Joseph Palermo: We need to put the pressure on the Obama administration to reel in the drone program and put the United States on the side of common decency in calling for a United Nations-brokered ban on these pernicious weapons.

Kudos to Jerry Brown

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Joseph Palero: Working hand-in-hand with California’s teachers, nurses, students of all ages, and the state’s labor unions, Governor Brown rallied the troops, and in doing so helped save from fiscal ruin not only the state’s public schools but also the nation’s biggest and most important system of public higher education.

Super-Storm Sandy’s Teachable Moment

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Joseph Palermo: The dominant ideas of any society are those that benefit its ruling elites. Nothing signifies this fact more clearly than the pathetic “debate” we’ve had on global climate change over the last decade or so.

Iran and the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Joseph Palermo: As the United States tries to assess the danger of Iran becoming a nuclear power the lessons of JFK’s dealing with the Soviets over the change in the nuclear status quo is more relevant than ever.

The Real Reason for the Right’s Wrath Against Candy Crowley

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Joseph Palermo: The hate brigades have taken aim at Ms. Crowley not because she showed “bias” or was “wrong” about the facts or exceeded the role of moderator, but because she performed a genuine act of journalism in front of 65 million viewers.

The Debate We Never Had

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Joe Palermo: It has become clear by now that the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, views American society as an aggregate of atomized individuals each seeking to maximize personal gain

The “Sam Bacile” Election

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Joseph Palermo: The destruction that “Sam Becile’s” little Youtube movie caused could in comparison to the potential damage that outside groups could do to American politics.

Occupy Wall Street: A Year Later

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Joseph Palermo: The thoughtful stand against rigid hierarchy and ideological purity might have inoculated OWS against the maladies that afflicted the earlier Left movements, which is a good thing.

Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (The Democrats’ Scott Walker?)

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Joseph Palermo: The 29,000 striking Chicago teachers are sending the message to Emanuel that their teacher bashing and privatization schemes for public education have become so onerous and destructive to the teachers’ mission and profession that they have no choice but to fight back.

Republican Convention: Where Social Darwinism Meets Theocracy

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Joseph Palermo: The trick thus far for the Romney-Ryan ticket has been to pretend to want to “save” Medicare even while putting forth Ryan’s “voucher” plan that would end Medicare, not only “as we know it,” but end Medicare PERIOD.

California’s Public Higher Education Must Be Protected

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Joseph Palermo: I have been astonished to see how fast and careless some baby-boomer administrators and ambitious faculty members can be when aggressively pushing “reforms” that would virtually gut the university system their parents’ generation built.

The Romney Campaign’s Situational Demagoguery

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Joseph Palermo: Worse than Swift Boating, worse than Willie Horton, Mitt Romney is running the most craven, dishonest, and hypocritical campaign we’ve seen in contemporary American politics.

LIBOR and Super PACs: A Heck of a Way to Run Capitalist Democracy

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Joseph Palermo: Everybody seems to know (whether they’re willing to admit it or not) that the 2012 elections are going to be the most corrupted elections by corporate money than any held in this country since the Gilded Age.

The Supreme Court and the “Broken Middle”

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Joseph Palermo: By striking down the Montana campaign finance law that dates back to 1912, the Supreme Court steams ahead on its long-term project of turning our political system over to giant corporations.

Welcome to the New Normal America

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Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.

Vulture Capitalism: Both Parties Want to Stay on Wall Street’s Good Side

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Joseph Palermo: The evidence is mounting that the 1 percent controls both of our major political parties. And now the corporate wing of the Democratic Party is getting pissy about the “tone” that its standard bearer is showing toward vulture capitalism?

JP Morgan’s Loss Could Be America’s Gain

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Joseph Palermo: With new evidence mounting each day that the system is as broken as it was before the meltdown of September 2008 and will likely require another colossal taxpayer bailout at some point, the public might be able to compel even the isolated 1 percenters among Washington’s policy elite to take heed.

Political Dog Tales: Fala, Checkers, Freckles, and Seamus

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Joseph Palermo: Nixon’s Checkers speech has since entered the American political lexicon as denoting any corny political oration designed to tug on Americans’ heartstrings while serving to shore up a faltering campaign.

Protesting Students, Striking Faculty

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Joseph Palermo: The CSU faculty union, after nearly two years of bargaining in good faith to reach a labor agreement with the university’s management, has voted overwhelmingly to authorize the California Faculty Association (CFA) to call for rolling strikes.

California State University: The Coming For-Profit Train Wreck

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Joseph Palermo: Why should CSU administrators be paid more than the Governor of California, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and even the President of the United States? Why isn’t the Chancellor termed out like California legislators and most other public officials?

Goldman Sachs: An Old-School Mafia Family?

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Joseph Palermo: The amazing thing about Mr. Smith’s decision to break the code of omertà at Goldman was the fact that an employee existed there at all who was still capable of making a moral or ethical judgment and could even express something resembling remorse.

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