Barack Obama Obama

How Obama brought on Trump

Alternative title 1: Why Dems should be furious at Obama Alternative title 2: Obama: the triumph and the tragedy Historians will look back at the presidency of Barack Obama as one that was both triumphant and tragic. It was triumphant for the obvious reasons: Obama is a brilliant orator and a decent human being.  He […]

Military Force Military Spending War

Book review: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks is a wonderfully-written, informative book about the bloated military, its mission creep, and the under-funding of other parts of the government such as the State Department. The book comes with hearty recommendations from General James Mattis, General Stanley McChrystal, […]

Adam Smith

Lobbying Adam Smith for a sane military budget

According to OpenSecrets, in the 2017 – 2018 campaign cycle, Rep. Adam Smith (D – WA, 9th CD) received contributions of $111,950 from Defense Aerospace corporations, $97,200 from Defense Electronics, and $74,000 from Miscellaneous Defense, for a total of $283,150 from defense related industries. This number includes both direct campaign contributions and PAC contributions. Top […]

Economic Justice Politics Taxation Washington State Politics

Balance our Tax Code

https://balanceourtaxcode.com/ has a petition to balance our unfair, regressive tax code. Washington’s tax code is upside down. Washington’s tax code is the most upside down in the nation. Powerful special interests have rigged the system so the rich get richer while working families pay more and more. In Washington, those making the least pay 18% […]

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Quickie link: I Have Seen the Future of a Republican Party That Is No Longer Insane

I Have Seen the Future of a Republican Party That Is No Longer Insane In my one opportunity to offer a comment, I helpfully suggested that the Republican Party as currently constituted needed (this is a direct quote) “to die in a fire.” The surprising thing is that many of the attendees in the room, […]

Donald Trump

Robert Mueller’s Coming to Town (song)

 You better watch out, you better not lie. You better bow out, I’m telling you why. Robert Mueller’s coming to town. He’s made indictments, checking them twice. Telling everyone about your criminal vice. Robert Mueller’s coming to town. He knows what you’ve been tweeting. He’s knows that you’re a rake. He knows that you’ve […]

Republicons Repugs Taxation

Quickie link: The Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes

The Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes “An eight-year [Republican-led] campaign to slash the IRS’s budget has left the agency understaffed, hamstrung, and operating with archaic equipment. The result: a hundred-billion-dollar heist.” I have a friend who works as an examiner for the IRS; he said the same thing: they’re woefully understaffed […]