Obama land

New Ferguson page on LSW

In an attempt to provide a context for understanding events in Ferguson as well as some sort of view of events as they develop, LSW has set up a Ferguson page.

Pentagon and Ferguson

Saturday, August 16, 2014: –  “Department of Defense provided surplus military vehicles, rifles, pistols to local police departments.” USA Today article, about the Pentagon arming St. Louis country law enforcement agencies with rifles and pistols. The article states, “Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033 that distributes hundreds of millions of […]

Congress and Obama Protect Monsanto

“The biotech industry, with the help of Congress, is attempting an end-run of the judicial system. Since judges can’t get be bought off, just go to your friends in Congress instead.” Food Safety News

U.S. Gun Rampages

Our worship of the gun is precisely captured by Gary Wills and Lisa Graves has documented the cooperative efforts of the NRA and ALEC to promulgate legislation that permits U.S, citizens to slaughter one another.

Rep. Kucinich on the Attack on the Public Sphere

On the rightwing Republican attack on collective negotiating rights of public employees and on the attempt to privatize public property.

U.S. States Get Down and Miserly While U.S. Corps Pay Little or No Taxes

Several discussions of states reducing unemployment benefits and low corporate tax contributions leading into a conclusion by David Cay Johnston that in a year or two, given the political struggles present in the land today, we will know if we will be living in a completely corporatized society or if there will be pushback.

Updates – North Africa, Middle East, U.S.A.

Status regarding Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Jemen, Bahrain, Jordan, and uprising of the U.S. corporate right wing against labor unions middle class living conditions and attack on the schools.

Wisconsin – facts about claims that Wisconsin public workers don’t pay enough for their health care

Perspectives on Wisconsin Governor Walker and his claims that public employees don’t pay enough for health care and should be stripped of the right to negotiate salaries.

Dean Baker on the origins and severity of the so-called crisis with public pensions

The causes and severity of the so-called crisis with public employee pensions.

Wisconsin Gov. Supported by Koch Brothers

Wisconsin governor’s ties to the billionaire Koch brothers and his desire to lead the Republican assault on public service unions.

Libya . U.S. corporate military ties to Libya

U.S. military industrial ties to Libya.

The state of the U.S. seen in light of the Egyptian uprising

Mubarak morphs into the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, forcing one to bring up Zappa texts, “cop kill a creep, pow pow pow” and Congressional Republicans are back to acting out their religious fundamentalist fantasies. Right there in front of the nation and God.

Deficit hawk hypocrites

Baseline Scenario illuminates the defict raising sins of the deficit hawks.

Juan Cole on ‘Horrible Things Done to Us by Lieberman’

Lieberman’s rap sheet.

A tiny little bit of gun control following the Arizona shootings?

Explanations for the lack of gun control in the U.S. of A.

Perspectives on Arizona shootings, Obama, Republicans plus plus

Perspectives on the state of the union.

Baseline Scenario on what is wrong with cutting taxes

Cut taxes on the rich. Why? Baseline Scenario on the mistaken notion that such tax cuts will help anyone or anything other than the bank accounts of the rich, where the money will stay put, unused to any good effect.

Merry Christmas to the Unemployed – No More Unemployment Benefits

Republicans and wealthy Democrats don’t want the unemployed to be able to eat and pay the rent but wnat to give the filthy rich billions in tax cuts. Is everybody asleep out there?

Frank Rich on Favorite LSW Topic – The Inability of the U.S. to Maintain a Democracy So Long Money is in Politics

Frank Rich on the role of giant money in a steadily dminishing political sphere in the U.S.

U.S. 2010 Mid-term Election Results III

future of health care, the Democrats after the demise of the Blue Dogs, the debt ceiling and more.

U.S. 2010 Mid-term Elections II (less rant, more sober summary)

Before delving into the details at the national level, it should be clearly noted that the capture of so many Governorships and so many state legislative seats by the Republicans will no doubt play a major role in the 2011 redrawing of Congressional districts. Politico explains: “But, despite the importance of these elections, it is […]

USA mid-term ‘we are mad and we are taking back our country’ elections 2010

Bozos on parade, sorry, I couldn’t resist. Maybe an old Dylan quote or two, ‘darkness at the break of noon’ or ‘it’s all over now baby blue’ would have been better. Or maybe more to the point, ‘he not busy being born is busy dying’.

Will the new Republicans in Congress try to impeach Obama?

Prospects for the U.S. midterm elections and visions of the possible landscape afterwards.

U.S.A. Campaign Finance update

Here are background and updates on the flood of money overwhelming what is left of American democracy, which might be renamed corporate democracy or corporate kleptocracy

The Tea Party Express, Billionaires and Obama

Here is a slim summary of the Tea Party Express’ financial backers (and controllers one assumes): The billionaire oil brothers David and Charles Koch (whose father, Fred, was an early member of the John Birch society): “The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to “educate,” […]

Unending recession?

Interview with Robert Reich covering TARP, economic stimulation efforts, the Obama administration and the income equality gap, plus the political consequences of the aforementioned.

The workings of the Democratic party

This article provides a clear explanation of the Democratic Party’s conservative behavior.

Financial reform status – May 9, 2010

Failed vote to break up the big banks

Baseline Scenario on the status of financial reform measures in the Senate

Does the Senate handling of financial reform legislation reflect the lack of a functioning democracy in the U.S.?

Excellent introduction to aspects of regulating campaign financing

Linda Greenhouse writing in the NY Times provides a concise presentation of the Supreme Court’s treatment of campaign finance regulation. In the opinion of LSW (admittedly an amateur) the result from this case could spell the final demise of the view of the U.S. as a democracy not controlled by the rich and their corporations.