Cut the Real Wasteful Government Spending

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Mark Dempsey: The U.S. currently spends more than the rest of the world combined on its military but less than 2% of its budget on humanitarian aid, even if clean water would do more to promote peace.

Losing the Drug War

Adam Eran: Criminalizing drug consumption, rather than bad behavior, leads to enormous corruption–both domestic and international–and disrespect for the law.

America’s Biggest Jobs Program: The U.S. Military

Robert Reich: Having a giant undercover military jobs program is an insane way to keep Americans employed. It creates jobs we don’t need but we keep anyway because there’s no honest alternative.

Harry Reid’s Senate: Where Progressive Legislation Goes to Die

Paul Hogarth: For years, House Democrats have joked that House Republicans are the “opposition” but the Senate is the “enemy” – and it’s easy to understand why.

Why Olympia Snowe Should Vote Against the Baucus Plan

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How is it that a decision next week by a single Senator from Maine will almost certainly determine whether America’s future healthcare system is still in the hands of private for-profit insurance companies and Big Pharma or enables more Americans to get better health care at lower cost?

Prisons: Two Opposing Views

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Suppose, hypothetically, you had to be in the same room for a couple of hours with a politician who can’t use the word “liberal” without combining it with character-assassination-style insults or a guy who stole a pair of socks worth $2.50. With whom would you feel safer?

The Sacred McCow

John McCain Nope

I guess this is proof, after a fashion, that the war has indeed followed us home. Some of our leading veterans-turned-political-warriors, from John McCain to Wesley Clark and Jim Webb, and even a fresh-outta-mothballs Swiftboater seem to have decided that – never mind “fighting ‘em over there” – the order of the day really is […]

Senator Jim Webb for Vice President

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Senator Jim Webb declined to stand in line to have his picture taken with President Bush. The chicken hearted occupant of the bully pulpit had been warned that he shouldn’t talk about Webb’s son, who just had a close brush with death serving in Iraq . W, the pugnacious, cocky bantam rooster, approached Webb and […]

We’re Thrilled!

Michelle and Barack

Although Sharon flirted briefly with Clinton and Dick looked hard at Edwards, we came out early and strongly for Barack Obama, making our cases just before California’s January primary here and here. Through the spring, we worked a bit on the Obama campaign and continued our full support here on the LA Progressive. As we’re […]

Elect the Barack Obama-Jim Webb Ticket

Jim Webb and Wife

Now that Barack Obama has emerged as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, our attention turns quickly to which running mate would most help secure victory in November and who would stand that proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency. Earlier this week, Linda Milazzo proposed on these pages the provocative and engaging choice of Caroline Kennedy. […]