Category Archives: Republicans

LePage’s politics abandon the human instinct to help

It’s a good thing Mark Watney is white. Watney is the protagonist of Andy Weir’s best selling novel, “The Martian,” which has been turned into what’s sure to be a major summer movie starring Matt Damon in the lead role. Astronaut Watney becomes stranded on Mars and is presumed dead after a freak storm and […]

The ugly, the vain and the dangerous from LePage

Twice this week, Gov. Paul LePage has been rebuked by courts. But there’s no evidence, even when met with the limits of his power, that it has had any impact on him. First, the U.S. Supreme Court, controlled by conservatives, refused to take up an appeal by the state regarding an inappropriate attempt to deny […]

Cities like Portland offer chance to move in and move up

Earlier this week, the Portland City Council passed a new ordinance that forbids loitering in the medians of the city’s streets. The new restriction, while impacting anyone and any activity, was put into place specifically to target panhandling. Portland has a large homeless population, especially for a city its size, and the growth creates real […]

Caricature and the GOP theater of the absurd

Caricature makes compromise impossible. Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote an OpEd that appeared in the Washington publication Politico that, in his mind, describes Democrats. “Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style […]