Don't let right-wing astroturfers scare Americans into silence

ST. LOUIS — While a healthy, public debate around health care reform positively reinforces our proud democratic traditions, heckling, yelling, disrupting and even assaulting those you disagree with doesn't. But that's exactly what's happening here in St. Louis and across the country.

Beware: Astroturfing harmful to democracy

Mob rule sweeps America, Big Insurance hires storm troopers Athletes complain about it. Astroturf causes injuries. And now the fake grass spread on many a field across the country has a new meaning. “Astroturfing” and “Astroturf groups” simulate grassroots organizing. And beware: These far-right ideologically driven groups, like the name “Astroturf” implies, are phony. And they cause injury to the body politic.

Health insurance companies send me birthday greetings so why I am nervous?

I'm turning 65 soon and the only people who have sent me birthday greetings so far are private, for-profit health insurance companies.

The ongoing danger of nuclear war

This August, when hundreds of Hiroshima Day vigils and related antinuclear activities occur around the United States, many Americans will wonder at their relevance. After all, the nuclear danger that characterized the Cold War is now far behind us, isn't it?

Lonesome Hobo Economics Who should pay for universal health care?

Who should pay for universal health care? We all should, right? Or, shouldn't it be free?

Millions of unemployed need jobs or income now

Unemployment and underemployment are causing misery, homelessness, hunger, and fear in the lives of tens of millions of working class people and our families, devastating communities, and impacting people of color, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and most of all Native Americans disproportionately.

It's time to put the pedal to the metal

In recent weeks I have seen pundits of various stripes grading the job performance of our new president. I read some of them and they invariably left me with a nagging feeling which I couldn't quite put my finger on until this morning.

No vacation for Congress

It is a disgrace that Congress is leaving the nation’s capital for summer vacation as the American people are left to deal with a healthcare crisis that has exploded into a national emergency. For each day lawmakers go fishing, 14,000 more will lose their coverage.

Sleep disorders on the rise among the nations wealthy!

Goldman Sachs just announced $3.44 billion in profits for the last quarter. The company’s top 60 executives will trouser more than the $20 million they each pocketed last year.

Affirmative action a plus for all

Affirmative action is a plus not just for African Americans, Latinos or women but for all workers. Portrayal of it as something that takes rights away from white workers and gives them to African American workers is totally false.

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