American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

My Longest Post: Health Care in America!

There is always some jingoist Republican objecting to health care reform by telling his hoople audience that we shouldn’t change the “Best Health Care System in the World.”  This is bunk, we do not have the very best health care system in the World. Those who are saying that are usually Republicans, and they are [...]

Albany reaches the end of days

We can’t blame the governor for what has happened to him.  He became governor quite suddenly and was unprepared for the role. In addition, he was faced with an economic crisis of monumental proportions that he was completely unprepared for.  As to this recent set of egregious moral and ethical errors, well, he just fell [...]

New from the Obama Justice Department: Any action is OK if the country is scared

Just a few days ago the lawyers who gave an OK to torture memo to the Bush Administration were cleared of any legal misconduct by high ups in the Justice Department.  Earlier, the ethics branch of the Justice Department found that they had indeed violated their code of ethics and had engaged in legal misconduct. The [...]

“Only a man who carries a gun ever needs one”

Many years ago, during the 1968 Presidential campaign, there was a cartoon showing a crown roaring along a street and at the bottom of the single panel cartoon was a tiny figure (Bobby Kennedy) saying, “Oh M-God, I have to catch up with that crowd, I’m their leader.”  The point is that it is often [...]

Everyone can graduate from college, right?

“Because economic progress and educational achievement go hand in hand, educating every American student to graduate prepared for college and success in a new work force is a national imperative,” the White House said in a statement. “Meeting this challenge requires that state standards reflect a level of teaching and learning needed for students to [...]

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