Joseph Palermo: The budget deficits Trump criticizes were the result of the reckless high-end tax cutting that have been a Republican fetish since Ronald Reagan. And Trump’s promise of more tax cuts and more de-regulation were some of the speech’s biggest applause lines.
Joseph Palermo: If anyone would have told me when I awoke that morning that Liz Cheney would be personally handing me a frisbee I wouldn’t have believed them.
Joseph Palermo: And what was the alternative for Bernie at this point in the election? To sweep up his 1,900 delegates, walk out of the Democratic convention, and run as a third party in a doomed and ultimately symbolic campaign?
Joseph Palermo: Trump’s long association with Cohn, who was as shameless as Trump in his self-aggrandizement and arrogance, and so abused the legal profession that New York disbarred him, stands as one more indicator that Trump is unfit to serve in any public capacity, especially U.S. president.
Joseph Palermo: Kristof reveals in these two pieces a lack of understanding or critical analysis of what he’s writing about, which is the worst quality a professional op-ed writer can ever display. Liberal Intolerance
Joseph Palermo: The deeper pattern here points to the unchecked and malevolent corporate forces that have used their political power to get away with destroying labor unions, chopping up the social safety net, bilking consumers on health care, education, housing, and other essentials, and destroying the environment.
Joseph Palermo: Not only will kissing up to figures like Sheldon Adelson and Paul Ryan reveal Trump as a flip-flopper, his fan base has already rejected many of the so-called conservative principles he now must embrace. Trump Fatigue
Joseph Palermo: The Bernie Sanders campaign is the only thing going in 2016 that’s giving oxygen to American democracy currently drowning in an ocean of corporate money.
Joseph Palermo: The same Republican leaders who mined birtherism, xenophobia, and racist dog whistles for political gold, and who failed to stop the Trump clown car when they had the chance, are now gearing up to pantomime a unified party. presumptive nominee
Joseph Palermo: In 1994, as a graduate student I had the great honor of spending some time with Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. after some of us organized an event where we invited him to return to Cornell to give a talk about his experiences there when he was a chaplain from 1967 to 1970.
Joe Palermo: These latest lines of attack — Trump criticizing Hillary Clinton for belonging to the female gender and Cruz turning to Fiorina as the anti-Hillary — not only expose Trump’s misogyny and Cruz’s cynicism, but the underlying Republican attitude toward women in politics generally.
Joseph Palermo: A lot of the anger we’re seeing from voters who are drawn to Trump has its roots in the 2008 Great Recession where our political leaders gave about $800 billion to the biggest banks that brought the economy down and asked for nothing in return.
Joseph Palermo: There’s a stark disconnect between the people and the Congress today that is palpable, which goes a long way in explaining the extraordinary tone of this presidential election cycle.