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Max J. Castro

Republicans target social programs to pay for tax cuts for the rich

Republicans target social programs to pay for tax cuts for the rich

Having passed a tax law that richly rewards the very rich, the Republicans now want the rest of us to pay the freight. The GOP tax “reform” creates a huge fiscal hole that Republicans intend to plug by picking the pockets of ordinary people.

GOP Senator Rand Paul accuses party of hypocrisy on the deficit

GOP Senator Rand Paul accuses party of hypocrisy on the deficit

For decades, Republicans have postured as deficit hawks. Senator Rand Paul, in a marathon speech against his own party’s budget bill, asked how Republicans could decry deficits when Obama was president and deliberately perpetrate them when their man is in the White House. But Rand Paul misleads big time when he equates the Obama deficit and a future deficit by design.

State of disunion

State of disunion

The president who has done more than any other to polarize this already divided nation delivered his first State of the Union speech last week. The partisan chasm, one of many rifts in this country further widened by Trump and one-party Republican rule in Congress, pervaded the room.

Ethnic cleansing lite, or how to Make America White Again

Ethnic cleansing lite, or how to Make America White Again

First, throw out of the country as many black, brown, Muslim, and Spanish-speaking people as possible. Then, prevent others from coming in, with walls and blanket bans barring all immigration from entire countries and regions. Finally, abolish the system of legal immigration that prevailed over the last half century and return to the race-based system in place from 1924 to 1965.

Shutting down government a piece at a time or all at once

Shutting down government a piece at a time or all at once

It is fitting that the U.S. government shut down a year to the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Trump administration and its Republican accomplices in Congress have been shutting down key parts of the government all along.

355 days, 2001 lies, and a million insults

355 days, 2001 lies, and a million insults

Apologists for the president will cite studies that show everyone lies every day. Yes, but Trump’s lies are different: they are not common lies about things such as why you didn’t turn your homework in on time or even that you didn’t have sex with that woman.

Deal with the devil

Deal with the devil

The news in Michael Wolff’s new blockbuster book, ‘Fire and Fury,’ is that Trump’s own inner circle and his Republican enablers in Congress realize that Trump is an extremely dangerous character with the unilateral power to start a nuclear holocaust that could destroy civilization. And yet, they’ve allowed him to get away with it for opportunistic reasons.

One hundred days of solitude, one hundred years of colonialism

One hundred days of solitude, one hundred years of colonialism

More than three months ago Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, laying waste to the island. The response of the Trump administration has been deplorable. The federal government essentially left Puerto Rico alone, abandoned, to swim or drown in Maria’s toxic tide.

2017: The year of the living dead

2017: The year of the living dead

This was the year that all the old, discredited, long-buried political ideas, practices and groups sprang back to life and took center stage. The real zombies are running the show and they are way scarier than George Romero’s movie version.

New tax law supercharges existing inequality trends

New tax law supercharges existing inequality trends

The 2018 World Inequality Report shows in rich and convincing detail why the new Trump-Republican tax law makes a bad situation worse. It will increase economic inequality significantly amid the-decades-long trend toward an ever more unequal share of income and wealth documented in the new report.

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