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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Nov 11th 2011, 09:44 PM
Last Crazy Standing: Is it Newt Time for the GOP? by Bennet Kelley History can be savagely poetic and may be on the verge of doing so again. As the Republican Presidential Circus reaches the doorstep of the Iowa Caucus, Newt Gingrich is inching up in the polls ready to emerge as the right wing's flavor du jour. Who better to be at the helm of the GOP to endure what may be a backlash against Republican extremism and obstructionism, than the one candidate most responsible for both. Elected...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Oct 06th 2011, 02:46 PM
Demanding Accountability for "Greedapalooza" by Bennet Kelley Within two months of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. auto industry began converting all of its production to the war effort and ultimately was responsible for twenty percent of all war time production. That was then. Months after American's second Pearl Harbor on 9/11, Stanley Tools, a major government contractor founded in Connecticut in 1843 announced it was reincorporating in Bermuda to create a sham headquarters there to dodge mill...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Aug 12th 2011, 11:51 AM
Standard and Poor's and the Folly of Conventional WisdomBy Bennet Kelley In its controversial decision to downgrade U.S. bonds, Standard & Poor's ("S&P") embraced the "conventional wisdom" calling for substantial cuts in government spending. Conventional wisdom, however, usually is more of a reflection of prevailing dogma than actual wisdom and, in the words of John Kenneth Galbraith, "serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking." The decision by S&P's Managing Director, John Chambe...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Jul 10th 2011, 02:57 PM
Two revisions in response to the Sunday morning shows. (1) McConnell calling tax a job killer Reagan understood that it was his responsibility to govern; a point that seems lost on his political heirs whose militant refusal to entertain even the notion of a tax increase evokes the German proverb that "stubbornness is the energy of fools". A point illustrated by the fact that they object to a tax increase with 9.2 percent unemployment as a "job killer", when their patron saint signed this record...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Jul 10th 2011, 02:56 PM
Two revisions in response to the Sunday morning shows. (1) McConnell calling tax a job killer Reagan understood that it was his responsibility to govern; a point that seems lost on his political heirs whose militant refusal to entertain even the notion of a tax increase evokes the German proverb that "stubbornness is the energy of fools". A point illustrated by the fact that they object to a tax increase with 9.2 percent unemployment as a "job killer", when their patron saint signed this record...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Jul 09th 2011, 07:28 PM
Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know By Bennet Kelley While Los Angeles braces for the upcoming Carmageddon, the sense of horror felt over not being able to use 10 miles of freeway for a weekend is amplified by the fact that those who somehow manage to survive will face yet another crisis a fortnight later when the U.S. government reaches the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling. I admit it is unfair to equate the two crises since at least one involves short term pain for long term gai...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Apr 16th 2011, 10:23 PM
The GOP's Borat Budget by Bennet Kelley Republican budget guru Paul Ryan boasts that the budget passed by House Republicans is this generation's "defining moment" and "keeps America exceptional". Ryan is 100 percent right because the GOP plan makes the United States exceptional . . . . as the only developed nation in the world that aspires to be Kazakhstan. A half-century ago, when the nation faced a similar debt burden, a Republican president told that nation that it was in the "vital inte...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Apr 10th 2011, 12:45 AM
Luke Herbert and the Dark Side of America's Fastest Growing City by Bennet Kelley As a high school student in the late '70s, I was struck by two legends of pop culture that remain very relevant today in this era of "them politics." The first was an animated short film based on Maurice Ogden's poem (that was shown in schools nationwide) which demonstrated the danger of remaining silent in the face of bigotry against others since we could be on the next list of disfavored "thems." This alw...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed Sep 29th 2010, 09:29 PM
ELECTION 2010: AMERICA'S ARETHA FRANKLIN MOMENT by Bennet Kelley With the increasing chance of Republicans taking control of at least one house of Congress, I hereby invoke the little-known right of a columnist to channel R&B singer Aretha Franklin to deliver a simple message to the voters of America on this important election: Think! From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire where Palin-endorsed GOP Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte wants to "repeal the IRS code completely." This ...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat May 29th 2010, 09:29 AM
REPOST TO CORRECT FONT SIZE Brownosaurus Rex and California's Ugly Electionby Bennet KelleyWhile it is premature to declare any winners in the June 8th California primary races, one loser is already evident - the citizens of California. If the election of President Obama was the embodiment of hope, this election is the embodiment of all that is wrong with the state's political process. Instead of "Change You Can Believe In," we face "Continued Decline You Can Count On".California is the mirror ...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat May 29th 2010, 07:16 AM
Brownosaurus Rex and California's Ugly Election by Bennet Kelley May 29, 2010 While it is premature to declare any winners in the June 8th California primary races, one loser is already evident - the citizens of California. If the election of President Obama was the embodiment of hope, this election is the embodiment of all that is wrong with the state's political process. Instead of "Change You Can Believe In," we face "Continued Decline You Can Count On". California is the mirror image of...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Mar 25th 2010, 06:57 PM
TIME FOR 2020 VISION IN WASHINGTON Rejecting the "Imbecility of Nope" By Bennet Kelley History is the record of a people's achievements and failures when tested. Make no mistake, our moment has arrived, as we will have more hard choices to make in the decade ahead -- including health care, energy security, climate change and reducing our debt -- than any other in recent memory. The President has embraced this crucible, but needs to remind Congress and the nation that we cannot escape his...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Mon Feb 08th 2010, 03:46 AM
Stonewall Shelby and the Party of "NO"[/FONT By Bennet Kelley As Washington is paralyzed by the "snowpocalypse," images of the city's majestic monuments in a sea of white snow bring back fond memories of my years there. Eventually Mother Nature or the D.C. government will clear away the snow, but even then Washington will remain paralyzed by something far less endearing than even yellow snow -- Republican nihilism. Last week, Senator Shelby (R-AL) used a parliamentary tactic known as a "hold...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Mon Feb 08th 2010, 03:35 AM
Democrats Need to Talk Turkey and Show Their Colors on Pocketbook Issues By Bennet Kelley and Ian Mitroff Some years ago, angered by the fact that Italy refused to extradite a Kurdish rebel responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Turks, the Turkish people threatened to boycott Italian products and even attack the stores of Italian businesses based in Turkey. Some local businesses attempted to dodge the issue by claiming they were not Italians but were merely running Italian busin...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed Nov 18th 2009, 07:29 PM
"Build, Baby, Build" How Dems Can Counter GOP Lies and Restore Political Debate By Bennet Kelley The year 1989 was marked by many monumental events that would reverberate for years to come; from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism to Tiananmen Square. One event that is often overlooked was a turning point in American politics that ultimately would lead to the death of true political debate and the gridlock and obstruction we see today. On May 31, 1989, House Speaker ...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Oct 29th 2009, 05:25 PM
Short presentation rebutting Fox Mao smear on Anita Dunn. (Link)
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Oct 04th 2009, 06:48 AM
THE VAST RIGHT WING RETURNS By Bennet Kelley (Link) In his Meet the Press appearance earlier this week, President Clinton indicated that the "vast right wing conspiracy" was alive and well under President Obama. Today’s Vast Right Wing (“VRW”), however, is a different breed than its predecessors. For example, while President Kennedy, like Obama, was the target of virulent opposition which included a National Indignation Convention in his first year much like today’s Tea Bag protests, t...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Tue Aug 18th 2009, 07:35 PM
Your Town Hall Screamfest Handbook by Bennet Kelley Thank you for your commitment to be part of the 2009 Town-Hall-ScreamFestpalooza . Who wouldn't want to scream at a party that hates America or which not only gave us the largest tax increase in history but opposed the largest tax cut in history ? The party which nominated a foreigner for President, now want us to support a health system in which we pay more and more for less coverage, where bureaucrats make medical decisions f...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Apr 26th 2009, 07:30 AM
WHY THE TORTURE MEMOS MATTER by Bennet Kelley "(The issue of torture) has nothing to do with al Qaeda, (but) it has everything to do with America." Those were the words of Senator McCain in 2006 -- he was absolutely right. The conduct of torture and other atrocities by the state is something that reflects upon us all as a nation. I invite anyone to visit the War Museum in Saigon and stand, as I did, in front of a wall of images from the Mai Lai Massacre (in which about 500 unarmed civilia...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Mon Mar 02nd 2009, 08:23 AM
RAY BAN REPUBLICANS AND THE POLITICS OF DENIAL By Bennet Kelley The Republicans' recent political posturing over President Obama's stimulus package and the California budget reminded me of the 1980's pop hit about a man who retreats to darkness rather than deal with harsh realities. While the song may be a nostalgic guilty pleasure, it is no recipe for sound public policy. Apparently someone forgot to tell this to the Republicans whose Ray Bans have been in full display. In Californi...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Jan 04th 2009, 09:37 AM
A Tribute to Sen. Claiborne Pell: Rhode Island's Gentle Giant by Bennet Kelley Senator Pell died on January 1st and will be buried on Monday January 5th in Newport, Rhode Island. To appreciate the late Senator Claiborne Pell, you have to understand a few things about Rhode Island and its politics. Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it recently ranked first in a survey of journalists for most corrupt state (in the last two decades as chief justice, a governor and mayors of three of i...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Jan 01st 2009, 12:20 PM
The Bush Presidency in Four Words by Bennet Kelley A recent found that the one word Americans used most to describe President Bush was "incompetent". While no compliment, the word fails to convey the condemnation warranted by the last eight years. There are several words that are more apt, such as "betrayal". Consider the administration's handling of the California "energy crisis". Two months into the administration and at the height of "crisis", the administration learned that the s...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Nov 20th 2008, 07:38 PM
A few brief words to put this column in context as it was published in the Santa Monica Daily Press in response to two columns the published last week (Nov. 12 and 13th). One of the columns spread right wing talking points on the bogus Berg v. Obama, with the author boasting of his devilish grin brought on by his delusions over the suit's potential success. Bigotry, Lies and the Obama Wars Bennet Kelley REELING FROM THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT drubbing at the polls, the right is relying on ...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Nov 07th 2008, 10:27 PM
Cal Prop. 8 and Direct Democracy "Run Amok" by Bennet Kelley In July 1964 President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which NAACP Secretary Roy Wilkins called "the Magna Carta of Human Rights". Four months later President Johnson was reelected in a historic landslide over Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. This victory was tempered by California's passage of Proposition 14 which not only reversed a state anti-housing discrimination law but also amended the state constitution to prot...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Mon Nov 03rd 2008, 11:27 AM
There are certain elections that stir people to get involved whether its writing letters to the editor or helping get out the vote. For Jeff Schweitzer, who served as an Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, that was not enough. In a matter of forty-eight hours he managed to write "Vote! To Save the Planet: Your Guide to Issues that Matter" (Rvive Books). "Vote!" is a handy reference and breezy read as to the many reasons why the call for change must p...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Oct 31st 2008, 08:52 AM
Midnight in the Garden of Reaganomicsby Bennet Kelley As the likelihood of an Obama and Democratic landslide moves from possibility to inevitability and as more and more Republicans jump on the Obama bandwagon, wailing Republicans are sounding off as if this were a sign of Armageddon. One Forbes columnist even questioned whether an Obama victory would result in the end of capitalism itself - as if the Republicans have been great stewards of the economy or Democrats have never held power before...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Oct 25th 2008, 04:17 PM
WHY I'M VOTING FOR JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN By Bennet Kelley This may come as a surprise to my readers, but I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin to be our 44th and 45th president. As recent events demonstrate, these are dire times which require boldness and leadership. Our system of government is breaking down and we need a maverick to come in to shake things up and end business as usual. Who better to shake things up than John McCain, since he's been there for 26 years and should...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Oct 23rd 2008, 10:32 PM
David Dreier and the Fall of the House of Voodoo by Bennet Kelley There are times in history when a political movement becomes a force of nature. For example, after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 within 50 days Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania had all broken the chains of the Communist era and deposed its henchmen. Today, the worsening financial crisis has caused a seismic shift in this country and not only has it brought down the house of cards known as Reaganomics b...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed Sep 17th 2008, 12:47 AM
John McCain's Yellow Talk Express by Bennet Kelley John McCain is a coward. We have heard countless invocations of Senator McCain's courage during his 1,966 days in captivity, but it is time for the Senator to be held accountable for his appalling lack of courage the past 1,966 days. Had Senator McCain demonstrated even the faintest sliver of his past courage, he would not have reversed himself on issue after issue such as abortion, auto emission standards, campaign finance reform, closing...
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Posted by Bennet Kelley in Editorials & Other Articles
Mon Sep 01st 2008, 12:54 PM
McCain's Reckless Choice Raises Questions About Judgmentby Bennet Kelley John McCain's defining moment came during the 2000 campaign when he voiced his opinion about the Confederate battle flag which flew over South Carolina's capitol. Six weeks before the state's primary, he told a South Carolina audience that the "Confederate flag is offensive a symbol of racism and slavery" and was hailed for his courage. His defining moment, however, came three days later when McCain reversed himself a...
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