These are links to well written and well reasoned articles by various writers on the issues affecting our country.. The quoted material after each link is a sample of the article's drift.Intelligible Design, by Katha Pollitt, The Nation, September 15, 2005 (October 3, 2005 issue)
"Let's say, for example, that the American Empire is just about over. Let's say China and India and other countries as well are set to surge ahead in science and technology, leaving reduced opportunities for upward mobility for the educated, while capital continues to roam the world in search of cheap labor, leaving a shattered working class. Let's say we really are becoming a society of fixed status: the have-nots, an anxious and defensive middle and what George W. Bush famously calls his base, the have-mores. What sort of shifts in culture and social structure would prepare us for this looming state of affairs? A resurgence of Christian fundamentalism would fill the bill nicely."Losing Our Country, by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Friday 10 June 2005
"Since 1980 in particular, US government policies have consistently favored the wealthy at the expense of working families - and under the current administration, that favoritism has become extreme and relentless. From tax cuts that favor the rich to bankruptcy 'reform' that punishes the unlucky, almost every domestic policy seems intended to accelerate our march back to the robber baron era.
It's not a pretty picture - which is why right-wing partisans try so hard to discredit anyone who tries to explain to the public what's going on."
"Washington is a divided city - not between north and south as in Lincoln's time, but between those who can buy all the government they want and those who can't even afford a seat in the bleachers."Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind, By David Cay Johnston, The New York Times, June 5, 2005
"President Bush said during the third election debate last October that most of the tax cuts went to low- and middle-income Americans. In fact, most - 53 percent - will go to people with incomes in the top 10 percent over the first 15 years of the cuts, which began in 2001 and would have to be reauthorized in 2010. And more than 15 percent will go just to the top 0.1 percent, those 145,000 taxpayers."The Mobility Myth, By Bob Herbert, The New York Times, June 6, 2005
"The privileged classes, with the Bush administration's iron cloak of protection, avoid their fair share of taxes, are reluctant to pay an honest dollar for an honest day's work (the federal minimum wage is still a scandalous $5.15 an hour), refuse to fight in their nation's wars, and laugh all the way to their yachts."With Trembling Fingers, By Hal Crowther, The Independent Weekly, May 12, 2004
"The irreducible truth is that the invasion of Iraq was the worst blunder, the most staggering miscarriage of judgment, the most fateful, egregious, deceitful abuse of power in the history of American foreign policy. "In the Realms of the Unreal, By Hal Crowther about Reagon, The Independent Weekly, April 8, 2004
"(Reagon's) inevitable presidency, despite what you've read in the newspapers, fell light years short of a roaring success. The fiscal conservative came in decrying a trillion-dollar national debt and left us with a debt of $2.8 trillion--the price of taming inflation, cutting taxes for the wealthy, and building the most awesome peacetime war machine the world had ever seen. As he left office, the General Accounting Office issued an unprecedented report warning his successor that Reagan had all but bankrupted the federal government. Unemployment averaged 7.5 percent during the Reagan years, a new class called "the homeless" began to appear on America's streets, much of the nation's wealth flowed uphill to the super-rich and has never flowed back. Americans picked up the message that it was no disgrace to be greedy and callous. Civil rights and environmental protection were ignored, if not scorned. If you have problems with John Ashcroft and Gale Norton, please research Ed Meese and James Watt.Weapons of Mass Stupidity, By Hal Crowther, The Independent Weekly, June 4, 2003
"How else (but "intellectually retarded) could we describe a majority that accepts the logic of "supporting the troops"? Protest as I might, a local columnist explained to me, once the soldiers are "locked and cocked," I owe them not only my prayers for their safe deliverance but unqualified endorsement of their mission, no matter how immoral and ill-advised it may seem to me. The troop-support doctrine, so universally and smugly conceded, is logic for the intellectually disabled, for people who have been hit in the head repeatedly with a heavy shovel. The stupidity of those who buy it is no more astonishing than the hypocrisy of those who sell it—Republicans who preach our sacred duty to the army's morale and simultaneously cancel $15 billion in veterans' benefits and 60 percent of federal education subsidies for servicemen's children. If you can't believe that, look it up. "