In The Public Interest

The IRS and the self-minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and shortchange the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a brash young Republican, at a gathering of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), which challenges invasions of privacy by big business and government. Privacy was not the only issue he championed, having taken stands against corporate welfare programs, bloated corporate contracts with the government and even corporate crimes.

Commercializing elections

Our political economy — a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago — has three main components: the electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens.

If only your body could speak to your mind

For thousands of years humans have defended themselves from harm by others. But many have proceeded to regularly harm themselves. They have actively searched for substances to ingest, inhale, inject and apply which may give them some immediate relief but damage or destroy their lives over time.

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Nickname for Trump: ‘Cheating Donald’

Donald Trump brags about “branding” his political opponents. He repeatedly has called Marco Rubio “Little Marco,” Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and Hillary Clinton, “Crooked Hillary.” Repetition makes these epithets stick — a lesson Trump has drawn from the advertising world and his own fragile ego.

The need for progressive voices

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Newton Minow, described television as “a vast wasteland.” Perhaps nothing demonstrates that better these days than the rise of Donald J. Trump as a presidential candidate, now the presumptive Republican nominee. 

The long-distance rebound of Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people’s advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump — ahead of Hillary Clinton in that matchup.

Historic civil mobilization now

Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. 

For Republican survival, Kasich is ready

To avoid an historic tumble in the November elections, what should the Republican Party do at its July 18 to 21 nominating convention if “Doubtful Donald” Trump and “Terrible Ted” Cruz cancel each other out?

Big union leaders betray Sanders and workers

Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February, and up for decision by the Executive Council was whether the country’s principal labor federation was going to make a primary season endorsement of Hillary Clinton as favored by the leaders of the largest unions.

Donald Trump’s self-inflicted fall

Donald J. Trump is done. He will not be the Republican Party’s nominee for president. He will not receive the requisite number of 1,237 delegate votes to secure a majority going into the Republican Convention in July.

Last June, I wrote a column predicting that Trump would give the GOP nightmares, but that his penchant for “leaving no impulsive opinion behind” would be his Achilles heel. Nine and a half months later, this is what is transpiring.