Trump’s bassackwards government

by Jim Hightower Gosh, our Trasher-in-chief has really been busy lately, calling Kamala Harris “nasty” and calling our post offices “a joke.” But, instead of trash-talking, shouldn’t a President be, you know, running the government? Nah…that bores him. Besides, that’s why he packed his cabinet with all those corporate lobbyists who are skilled at trying to rig our government to serve moneyed elites. Now, empowered by Trump, these special interests are our government, literally setting and running America’s economic, environmental, health, and other public policies. And what a job they’re doing—on us! Check out Andrew Wheeler, head of Trump’s EPA. He had been the top …

Read more

Flotsam & Jetsam

“It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.” – Thomas Paine The Age of Reason, Part I (1793)

Senator Collins…?

To the Editor: You would hope that Congress would function in a time of a pandemic and deep recession. The House of Representatives took action to address these problems in May, but Mitch McConnell and his party in the Senate decided to ignore what they saw and wait until mid-July to see if the virus mysteriously vanished and the economy shot back as President Trump said it would. Instead the virus shot back, 30 million are out of work and as of August have lost the unemployment subsidies. Mitch McConnell says 20 members of his caucus do not want to spend a penny more on …

Read more

The Scoundrels’ Refuge

To the Editor: After watching the first night of the Republican Convention, and all the talk about patriotism, I’m reminded of the quote by Samuel Johnson, known as the father of the modern dictionary, who in 1775 wrote the following: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” He’s also known for this statement, which is still all too true to this day: “Empires (or Democracies), are broken down when the profits of administration are so great, that ambition is satisfied with obtaining them, and he that aspires to greatness needs do nothing more than talk himself into importance. He has then all the power …

Read more

New Hampshire, the ADL, and Palestine

To the Editor: On July 23, 2020, N.H. Governor Sununu signed into law HB 1135.This was an omnibus measure that contained a number of bills including SB 727. This Senate bill mandates that the Holocaust and “other genocides” be taught as a graduation requirement. HB 1135 also establishes a 16-member commission to study “best practices for teaching students how intolerance, bigotry, antisemitism…has evolved in the past, and can evolve into mass violence and genocide, such as the Holocaust.” This commission includes a person appointed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), New England region. However, several members of the N.H. Palestine Education Network object to this ADL …

Read more

The Israel-UAE Agreement: Good for a Few, Bad for Most

by Mel Gurtov Commentators evidently desperate for good news are touting the Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreement as a welcome path to Middle East peace. The agreement trades Israel’s promise not to annex portions of the West Bank for the UAE’s recognition of Israel. One conservative writer for the Washington Post actually thinks Trump’s role in helping bring the agreement about makes him a Nobel Prize candidate. But hold on. Martin Indyk, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel, argues in the October issue of Foreign Affairs that the UAE leader’s decision to recognize Israel was made in order to preempt Trump’s “green light” to Benjamin …

Read more