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Searching For Integrity In Trumplandia

Searching For Integrity In Trumplandia

Ivanka Trump. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedheaded corporate executives who’ve hauled our middle-class jobs out of country, or I’ll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here. Great stuff, Donnie—and to prove you mean business, I know just the CEO you should

Wall Street Plowboys

I love the names Bobcat Farm, Golden Eagle Ranch, Long Prairie, Pintail Vineyard, Roadrunner Ranch, and Ten Mile Farm. They conjure up Americana, the old homeplace, and our rich rural culture. Less bucolic, however, is the fact that all are part of a massive Wall Street investment scheme called Farmland Partners Inc. It’s run by

Why Paul Ryan Should Sit Down and Be Very Quiet

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. For nearly half a century now, America’s middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen. Indeed, in just the last decade, the typical median-income family has lost 60 percent of their wealth. Haven’t they been punished enough? No, says House Speaker Paul Ryan. Along with

What’s 2017’s Biggest Banking Fraud?

Steve Mnuchin, 77th U.S. treasury secretary. Remember way back in time, back in the old days of…2016? Back then, Trump was on the political stump, promising that, by gollies, he would stop Wall Street bankers from scamming and robbing consumers and workers. Where did that guy go? To Wall Street. Once ensconced in the White

Hallelujah, Trump Rushes to Aid The Needy!

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new President and Congress? Regular folks in our country say that those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder—the poor and downtrodden working class—ought to be the priority. But, then, regular folks don’t run Congress…or Trump’s White House. The

Is Trump’s America Our America?

Saudi Arabia is not on the list of countries targeted by President Donald Trump even though 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came from there. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inherited power in 2015. Who are we? Are we the America of courage, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise—as expressed in the Declaration

Why is George Orwell’s ‘1984’ a Bestseller Again?

Cover of the 1951 edition of George Orwell’s “1984.” Tromp-tromp-tromp—troops are marching to battles. Boom-boom-boom—bombs are blowing up communities. Whooooshhh—poisonous gas is being released. Forget Syria, Isis, Iran, Afghanistan—this is Trump’s War. Our bellicose commander-in-chief is at war in the homeland, deploying his troops to attack everything from our public schools to the EPA, dropping