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Conservatives are always going on about how our government should be run like a business. Even some progressives buy into this idea, because for some strange reason, we associate businesses with efficiency, transparency, thriftiness, productivity, and accountability — even though recent years have shown that all too many businesses embody anything but these qualities. As … Read more

Speak Teabonics Like A Native

  For those of us who live in blue states or liberal enclaves, traveling to red states can prove challenging — especially when nothing conservatives say makes even the slightest amount of sense to you. That’s why I’ve compiled this handy conservative phrasebook and dictionary so you can converse like a native, while fully appreciating … Read more

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Yikes! Do the majority of Americans really think that the U.S. government is a threat to our freedom and personal liberties? According to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the answer is “Yes” — for the first time since they began conducting this survey on a triennial basis in 1958. Pew … Read more

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When an unidentified man from a suburb of Adelaide, Australia ran a classified ad to sell his home, he wasn’t expecting a reporter and camera crew to show up on his doorstep. Unfortunately, it was the last line of the ad that “brought out the reporter’s crusading instincts.” The real estate listing reads: “HIGHGATE. Open … Read more

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In case any of my readers wonder why I haven’t been posting much lately, it’s because I recently started working as an editor and writer for the online, progressive politics Web magazine, Addicting Info, and the run-up to election days keeps us quite busy! One of the things that I feel really excited about is … Read more

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

My response to reader Paul Sprague’s comments on my previous post on pension reform. Dear Paul, thank you for reading my previous post, Five reasons why pension reform is a TERRIBLE idea, and for your thoughtful comments (which appear in their entirety below the afore-linked post). I’ve responded to your individual points below: Paul: you … Read more

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

Nation watches as San Jose voters dismantle benefits for public employees As California goes, so goes the nation Pension Reform – author unknown As a conservative friend of liberal blogger Justin Rosario asked, “Why should public sector jobs be better than private sector jobs?” San Jose voters apparently asked the same question, while casting their … Read more