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Wingnut Watch: Romney’s Perry Problem

In the traditionally sluggish Dog Days of late August (interrupted, of course, on the East Coast by the occasional earthquake or hurricane), wingnuts, like other…

A Negative Sign for Investment and Job Growth

There’s a good rule of thumb–you get what you reward. Here’s a summary of current U.S. policy towards big corporations: Invest in the U.S., create…

Welfare Nostalgia Won’t Help Poor

Some liberal commentators marked the 15th anniversary of welfare reform this week with a curious lament: Welfare rolls aren’t growing fast enough. “If you think…

Wingnut Watch: Perry’s Tightrope

With the end of the brief, Weekly Standard-driven boomlet for a Paul Ryan presidential candidacy, it’s increasingly certain that the 2012 GOP presidential field is…

Should America Pork Out?

On his show last week, Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball recommended that the president “pork out.” Remember those pet infrastructure projects Republicans sacrificed at the…

Score One for NATO

Libyan rebels—the “rats” as Muammar Qaddafi calls them—are closing in on the eccentric dictator. Although a hundred things could go wrong in post-Qaddafi Libya, Americans…

Wingnut Watch: The GOP’s ‘Movement Conservative’ Conquest Achieved

Last week was a pretty good week for hard-core conservative ideologues in terms of their domination of the Republican Party. In the Fox News/Washington Examiner…

Did the Debt Deal Open the Door to a Third Party?

Most political reporters have chalked up the debt ceiling deal as a “W” for House Republicans and a humiliating loss for President Obama. But when…

The Consumption Economy Is Dying—Let it Die

With the stock market plunging, we’ve heard plenty of warnings that a “pullback” in consumer spending could trigger another recession. Let me suggest an alternative….

Wingnut Watch: Wisconsin Recall Relief and Iowa Showdown

There is joy and relief in Wingnut World today thanks to the narrow failure of Wisconsin Democrats to win enough recall elections to take over…