John A. Farrell


September 2010


The Midterm Elections Are Not About the Republican Tea Party

More Tea Party Hypocrisy: Angle Gets Government Healthcare

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More Tea Party hypocrisy. We have already had Christine O'Donnell campaigning in Delaware for fiscal prudence while not paying her bills. And Joe Miller telling voters in Alaska to get Washington off their backs, after he took federal farm subsidies. And now we have Sharron Angle, urging us all to ...

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Angle, Sharron
O'Donnell, Christine
Miller, Joe
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
health care
health care reform
tea party
social security

The Parallels Between the Vietnam War and the Afghanistan War

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A few weeks back I watched We Were Soldiers, the Vietnam War movie starring Mel Gibson. It tells the story of the heroic men of the 7th Cavalry (General Custer's old unit) who defended LZ X-Ray in the battle of the Ia Drang valley, at the beginning of the U.S. escalation in November 1965.

Pretty ...

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Vietnam War
Vietnam
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Obama, Barack
economy
unemployment
national security terrorism and the military
Johnson, Lyndon
Pakistan

America Is Not a Center-Right Nation (Nor Center-Left)

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I hesitate to pick a fight with my friend Peter Roff. When the tumbrels come to cart me off to a re-education camp on the alkaline flats of Idaho, he has promised to put in a good word for me with Sarah, Christine, Sharron, and the other Madame Defarges he lauds in his most recent post. Boy, I'll ...

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tea party
O'Donnell, Christine
Palin, Sarah
Angle, Sharron
Coulter, Ann
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Gingrich, Newt
national security terrorism and the military
government

Tea Party Candidate Joe Miller's Government Spending Hypocrisy

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Another day, another Tea Party hypocrisy.

It seems that U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska--that anti-socialist, constitutional purist who professes to believe in minimalist government--did not spurn the federal handout when it came to his own wallet. He pocketed $7,000 of our money in the ...

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tea party
Alaska
Miller, Joe
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
economy
unemployment
deficit and national debt

Christine O'Donnell's Fiscal Gaffes Should Shame Palin, Tea Party

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The Tea Party types claim they are about fiscal responsibility.

And yet they are gaga over Christine O'Donnell, their candidate in the Delaware Senate race.

[See a roundup of editorial cartoons about the Tea Party movement.]

O'Donnell is famous for not paying her mortgage, or her college tuition ...

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O'Donnell, Christine
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Senate
tea party
Republican Party
Delaware

Moderate Republicans Snowe, Collins Should Go Independent

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Dana Bash from CNN brings news that Sen. Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican from Maine, is troubled by the increased influence of reactionary elements in the Republican Party. She should be. And so should her Republican seatmate, Sen. Susan Collins. They face an unappealing choice: to tailor ...

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Collins, Susan
Snowe, Olympia
Maine
tea party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
politics
Sanders, Bernie
Lieberman, Joe
Brown, Scott
Castle, Mike
Murkowski, Lisa
Bennett, Robert

Holes in the Case for Keeping Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich

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Sen. Chuck Grassley is a pretty good guy. And until I read his op-ed a bit more closely, he almost persuaded me that for a couple of years, until hiring accelerates, we should let the rich folks keep their Bush tax cuts.

[See who supports Grassley.]

The question is job creation. Grassley notes ...

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Bush, George W.
taxes
small business
Grassley, Chuck
Congress
unemployment
employment
Democratic Party
Obama, Barack

Sarah Palin's Christine O'Donnell Problem

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Okay. If you have a computer and access to the Internet, you now know all about Christine "Dingbat" O'Donnell. Even Karl Rove says the newly crowned Republican nominee for the Senate seat in Delaware is nuts.

Let's see. Darwin was wrong, the earth is 6,000 years old, and creationism should be taught ...

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Republican Party
Delaware
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
O'Donnell, Christine
Palin, Sarah

3 Ways to View the Delaware Senate Results

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There are three ways of looking at Christine O'Donnell's victory in the Republican primary in the Delaware Senate race.

The first is to chortle about the fix the GOP is in. It has encouraged this strange conjoining of Fox News and the Tea Party to fire up the base. But all the scary lies and ...

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O'Donnell, Christine
tea party
Fox News
Delaware
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
politics
Republican Party
Democratic Party
unemployment
economy
Angle, Sharron

Virginia Gov. McDonnell’s Voodoo Liquor-to-Roads Plan

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Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell was one of the first American politicians to ride the current wave of discontent into office. Like some of those jokers we’ll be judging on the ballot in November, he promised that there were easy solutions to difficult problems.

[Read more about the 2010 elections.]

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taxes
McDonnell, Robert
Virginia
transportation
alcohol
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
unemployment
economy
recession

Republicans Are Playing the Tea Party for Saps

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Here is a question I have for Republican candidates, Independent voters, and the elderly: Should the Medicare prescription drug benefit be repealed?

There is no need to ask the question of Democrats--they like the benefit, and improved it this year by closing the infamous "donut hole" when they ...

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Democratic Party
tea party
health care reform
deficit and national debt
Congress
Republican Party
health care
Bush, George W.
DeLay, Tom
Gingrich, Newt
Department of Homeland Security
2010 Congressional elections
Hastert, Dennis
Boehner, John
Rove, Karl

2010 Election Voters' Guide: Politicians Say the Silliest Things

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The election season is upon us. And so today I sat down and read through the always-helpful "voters guide" included in my daily newspaper.

I cannot decide if the candidates are 1) bold liars, 2) naive optimists, or 3) smoking silly weed.

[See an Opinion slide show of the 2010 elections’ bad ...

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health care reform
economy
immigration reform
health care
unemployment
deficit and national debt
abortion
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Education, Not Tax Cuts or Stimulus, Will Fix Unemployment

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The almost-always perspicacious Steve Pearlstein has a sobering column in the Washington Post today. And when you combine it with this series (and the accompanying slide show) at Slate, it brings to mind what Thomas Jefferson once said, about a just God and trembling for one’s country.

These ...

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economy
economic stimulus
taxes
housing
housing market
manufacturing
China
debt
deficit and national debt
Bush, George W.
Wall Street
Pelosi, Nancy
Obama, Barack
Palin, Sarah

The Sensible Way to Extend the Bush Tax Cuts

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"This is ridiculous. What are we gonna do? Road trip!"

And with such pluck, the boys from Animal House headed on down the road.

Just like the Democrats in Washington.

"This economy is ridiculous. What are we gonna do? Tax cuts!"

Hey. It worked for Otter and Boon and Pinto and Flounder.

I am a big fan of ...

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estate taxes
taxes
economy
Great Depression
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George W.
Roosevelt, Theodore
recession

Will Tea Party Acknowledge That Illegal Immigration Has Dropped?

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Dear Tea Party grumps. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and count you among the reality-based population. It is a long shot, I know, but I am going to assume you can still process and analyze facts, even if they clash with the scary worldview you are fed by the you know who's at you ...

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immigration reform
economy
recession
unemployment
Bush, George W.
tea party
housing
housing market

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