Is The United States Now A “Banana Republic”?

In most Banana Republics, only 1 or 2%  of the population own almost every commodity in the country…while the “people” own nothing.  Essentially making those countries plutocracies. Sound familiar?  New York Times – Nicholas Kristoff In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality. In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1… More Is The United States Now A “Banana Republic”?

Bloomberg, 2012?

The New Yorker John B. Anderson, the former Republican congressman from Illinois and 1980 Presidential candidate, said that his mind was “in a whirl,” late last week. Anderson, who now lives in Florida, was a Charlie Crist supporter, and, despite his long-standing disaffection toward the two-party system, he feels no affection for the ascendant Tea… More Bloomberg, 2012?

Rush Limbaugh: “Pre-Existing Condition Coverage is Not Insurance; It’s Welfare”

What is it about conservatives like Rush Limbaugh?  They seem to be lacking what some call the “compassion gene“… Crooks & Liars Yes, he really said that. He really, truly did, and it’s a BFD. digby writes: Although it sounds ridiculous, Rush is in the process of making his followers believe that the pre-existing condition… More Rush Limbaugh: “Pre-Existing Condition Coverage is Not Insurance; It’s Welfare”

George W. Bush: ‘I HOPE I’M JUDGED A SUCCESS’

Well, the new narrative to “exonerate” George W. Bush’s flawed presidency is under way.  Bush is hoping that his new book will set the record straight or as he puts it, give historians a “data point” in which to judge his presidency.  Ultimately, history will indeed be the judge of Bush’s presidency. Huffington Post Former President George… More George W. Bush: ‘I HOPE I’M JUDGED A SUCCESS’

Obama makes long-awaited return to Indonesia

Undoubtedly the naysayers and birthers will have something to say about the President’s trip to Indonesia… The Associated Press After two years of waiting, Indonesians are finally getting the chance to welcome back their adopted son. But the euphoria that swept the predominantly Muslim country after Barack Obama’s election victory has been replaced by a dose of… More Obama makes long-awaited return to Indonesia