John A. Farrell


October 2010


Why the National Debt Doesn't Matter--Right Now

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Both American presidents governed during harsh economic times and suffered big losses in the midterm elections for Congress. One went on to be vilified as one of the worst to hold the office; the other is hailed as one of the best.

Both were Republicans. Both faced concerns about government debt.

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Republican Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
deficit and national debt
taxes
Reagan, Ronald
Obama, Barack
tea party
unemployment
health care
health care reform
Boehner, John
Democratic Party
O'Neill, Tip
politics

5 Reasons Why Branding Muslims as America’s Enemies Is Dumb

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Here is a short list of reasons why it is dumb, despite what Fox News will tell you, for Americans of other faiths to brand Muslims, and especially Muslim-Americans, as fearsome potential enemies.

1. We are at war with a very small percentage of the world’s Muslim population--the Islamic ...

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Islam
national security terrorism and the military
9/11
Fox News
O'Reilly, Bill
freedom of speech
Constitution

Maybe NPR Shouldn't Have Fired Juan Williams

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I'm not sure that Juan Williams deserves to be fired for what he said to Bill O'Reilly. Williams slurred Muslims, I guess, but only by revealing his own sissiness and stupidity. 

With unbecoming unctuousness, Williams confessed to the Fox audience that folks in Muslim garb frighten him. He gets ...

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Fox News
O'Reilly, Bill
Bush, George W.
Obama, Barack
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
NPR
national security terrorism and the military
Islam

The Chamber of Commerce is Playing Tea Party GOPers for Fools

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The Tea Party Republicans have won the off-year election. The House and the Senate are in Republican hands. Well, okay, it’s true that the voters have not spoken yet, but that has not stopped Republicans, pollsters, and the Washington elites from hailing the new era.

Alas, I see snakes in the Tea ...

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Republican Party
tea party
Beck, Glenn
Limbaugh, Rush
economy
immigration reform
Fox News
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Obama, Barack
Wall Street

Will Tea Party Republicans Blame Dems for No Social Security COLA?

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Today's news that seniors will not get a cost-of-living raise in their Social Security payments in 2011 will pose an interesting challenge for the Tea Party Republicans.

It is a test of sincerity vs. greed that I suspect the Right will fail.

The TPR types are outraged about government spending and ...

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2010 Congressional elections
social security
Congress
unemployment
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energy policy and climate change
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An Improving Stock Market Signals a Recovery

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Anybody look at the stock market lately? Here on Thomas Jefferson Street we tend to focus on politics and polls, whereas, as the late great congressman from South Boston--Joe Moakley--used to say, most folks view life through their kitchen window. Or, in the last few years, through the prism of ...

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economy
unemployment
recession
Wall Street
Dow Jones Industrial Average
bailout
Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt
401(k)

The 2010 Election’s Donors Should Not Be Kept Secret

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Let me be clear. The American Future Fund is not an Islamic terrorist group, operating in Iowa, aiming to take over America.

When I wrote that here a few days back I was joking. That was satire. It was a parody of Glenn Beck, and the birthers, and other right-wing conspiracy theorists who take ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Islam
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
Supreme Court
freedom of speech
Congress
national security terrorism and the military
Beck, Glenn
Democratic Party
Iowa

Scientists Must Show Spine Against GOP Global Warming Skeptics

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Professor Michael Mann--the climate scientist who is being hounded by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's latest witch hunt--had an op-ed piece in yesterday's Washington Post in which he bemoans the expected Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. One of the first things that ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
energy policy and climate change
University of Virginia
Boehner, John

Virginia's Cuccinelli Shows the Danger of the Tea Party in Power

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Virginia has a way-off-year election cycle, so the commonwealth elected its state officials last November, and offers us a glimpse of how Tea Party Republicans would act in power. And if Virginia Attorney General Kenneth "King Kook" Cuccinelli II is an example of what we all could be in for, I plan ...

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Virginia
University of Virginia
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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
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unemployment

More Tea Party Hypocrisy: Joe Miller's Classic Patronage Trifecta

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Another week, another act of Republican Tea Party hypocrisy.

Joe Miller, the Marlboro Man himself, that raffishly bearded Senate candidate from Alaska, has met with success on the campaign trail by informing the rest of us that we don't need socialistic benefits like unemployment insurance or Social ...

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Miller, Joe
Alaska
tea party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
social security
unemployment
Angle, Sharron
O'Donnell, Christine
politics

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