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Max J. Castro

Profiles in cowardice: The Republican congress

Profiles in cowardice: The Republican congress

Today’s Republican Party not only lacks a conscience regarding the human consequences of the kind of brutal social and economic injustice they champion. They also lack the courage to stand for what’s obviously right objectively rather than for what is right ideologically.

Savage state

Savage state

The state of Florida has been quietly carrying out a policy of deliberate medical neglect toward imprisoned felons infected with hepatitis C. That policy, in its inhumanity and lack of professional ethics, rivals the notorious Tuskegee experiment.

A tax bill from hell

A tax bill from hell

There are so many things wrong with the GOP’s tax proposal that the Republicans should be ashamed to offer such a monstrosity. It is a bill that both the House and Senate versions benefit mainly the very wealthy, big corporations, and the rich people who own large number of their stocks.

The dangerous case of the Republican Party

The dangerous case of the Republican Party

The dangerous case of the Republican Party includes at least three elements: obsessive-compulsiveness, lack of conscience, and homicidal fantasy. All elements very similar to what a group of psychiatrists argue and have written apply to Donald Trump.

Virginia gives Trump, Republicans their comeuppance

Virginia gives Trump, Republicans their comeuppance

Last week, Virginia voters handed Ed Gillespie, the former head of the Republican National Committee, a resounding defeat in the gubernatorial race in that state. It represents an unmistakable message to Donald Trump and the Republican Party: We are fed up with you and your policies.

The habit of power: Weinstein, Trump, et al.

The habit of power: Weinstein, Trump, et al.

In the real world of twenty-first century America, the people who are really entitled and who act like they know it are the powerful and rich. This leads many to acquire the habit of power, and they carry that habit into areas which, even in this unequal and unjust society, are increasingly considered off-limits to such exercises of arbitrary, unilateral control.

What really drives the opioid epidemic

What really drives the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is a real crisis, not a product of public hysteria or media hype. Currently, about 50,000 Americans die each year from overdoses, and there are two million Americans addicted to opioids. Entire sections of the country have been ravaged by opiates.

A party for plutocrats

A party for plutocrats

The Republicans are throwing a ball for billionaires and calling it tax reform. The GOP tax proposal, which among other things, cuts corporate taxes deeply and eliminates the estate tax, is a gift to the people who make up the party’s real base: the haves and have more, as George W. Bush called them.

Trumped up: The case for rolling back Obama’s Cuba thaw

Trumped up: The case for rolling back Obama’s Cuba thaw

The latest news about the sonic attack consists of a recording of the alleged sound obtained by the AP. Social media types listened to the sound over and over and died—laughing. One said it sounded like his new ring tone. Other comments were similarly derisory and dismissive.

Vintage Trump, the world’s biggest bully

Vintage Trump, the world’s biggest bully

Prejudice and an alien-like absence of empathy is part of Trump’s DNA. A case in point is Trump’s reaction to the devastation wrought by hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Far from showing any sympathy or apologizing for the sorry performance, he could have broken his arm from patting himself on the back.

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