By Alvaro F. Fernandez
I come down hard on politicians and their shenanigans in my writings. It is constant and with little mercy. Most are conservative republicans. Many democrats, I’ll admit, deserve much of the same.
I am also reminded that voters (and non-voters) who elect these scoundrels are as much to blame as the politicians themselves. So in the end, it’s mostly our own fault. We can blame the money in politics, the fraud...
An editorial from The Washington Post
Florida is one of a number of states to have recently imposed ill-considered restrictions on voting rights, as it interferes with efforts to register new voters and seeks to purge non-citizens from state voting rolls.
State officials, acting at the behest of Gov. Rick Scott (R), have scoured driver’s license and other records to identify non-citizens and have forwarded a list of 2,600 supposedly ineligible voters to local elections officials for further action.
By Saul Landau
New York City’s wealth stands in stark contrast to the countless people begging on its streets.
New York is different of course, but not for the 1% who live well across the country; the rest of the population less or far less well. That’s America in 2012, where people have begun to consider their choice of leader for the next four years.
By David Brooks
NEW YORK – The right wing in this country is so unhinged that, if you ignore the devastating consequences, you could die of laughter.
For example, when the right-wing legislature in North Carolina learned that scientists predicted that the sea level will rise one meter by the end of this century, which might imply the destruction of all development along the coast (more than 5,000 square kilometers), the lawmakers did the obvious and took preventive measures at once: they wrote a bill prohibiting...
Reagan: bad republican
Calling the present partisan climate “disturbing” and “dysfunctional”, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush criticized republicans saying, “Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party . . . as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.” In today’s world, he added, Ronald Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did."
- From Buzzfeed. Jeb also blamed President Obama for much of the conflict.
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By Aurelio Pedroso
HAVANA – In fewer than 15 days, the newspaper Granma, official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, has twice pounced on TV programs from Miami, which are seen in Cuba one way or another. And I’m not referring to TV Martí, whose productions seldom reach the small screen, even though they’re sponsored by the government of the United States.
By José Alejandro Rodríguez
A young professor at the University of Havana’s School of Economics engaged in a bold exercise in intellectual honesty when she wondered “why Cuba’s rising and sustained investment in education is reflected in a less dynamic, though positive, contribution from the skilled workforce to the country’s economic growth.”
Yordanka Cribeiro Díaz took six and a half years to answer that question and obtain...Click to continue reading...
By Max J. Castro
Phil Gramm, the former right-wing Republican member of Congress, once said, without a hint at irony, that money is the mother’s milk of American politics.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court, the most conservative high court in generations, has opened up the floodgates for virtually unlimited contributions by the rich and colossal corporations, money has become something much more potent than mother’s milk and extremely more toxic. Money, really big money, has become the plutonium of American politics.