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Jim Scofield | In a democracy, gov’t’s plea to ‘trust us’ isn’t enough
Our government secretly conducts a massive program of assassinations in foreign countries, and conducts a massive surveillance system on millions of Americans’ communications here.
Jim Scofield | War on terror has claimed many victims
We Americans are not the sole victims we seem to picture ourselves in the various terrorist attacks that have occurred here, as if these were purely the acts of some gratuitous, demented Islamic conspiracy.
Jim Scofield | On human – and humane – benefits, U.S. could learn from others
The American press typically slams the European welfare states, playing to our traditional Puritan prejudices.
Jim Scofield | Tax on wealthy, not national debt, is real issue
The political conflict in the United States isn’t really about the national debt, but about lowering even further our historically low tax rates on wealth (top income tax rates were 70 percent to 50 percent during 1980s) and undercutting the New Deal programs, for example Social Security and unemployment insurance, and the 1960s’ Medicare and Medicaid programs, all under the pretense the United States can’t afford them.
Jim Scofield | Our perpetual state of war
It’s dangerous for a democracy to always be at war. Is there any end to these wars – our war on terrorism, on Iraq and Libya, and now possibly Iran, not to mention our drone missile strikes in numerous other countries?
Jim Scofield | There are ‘makers’ and ‘takers’
Some Republicans want to divide people into an industrious group they call “the makers” and an indolent remainder they call “the takers.”
Jim Scofield | Retirement and health care costs
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, tells us that the country must cut entitlements, meaning Social Security and Medicare.
Jim Scofield | Debunking our nation’s ‘Islamic victim’ mentality
The ruling idea that the United States is the victim of an Islamic Middle East that threatens our existence, while we have been trying to spread democracy in that same Middle East, is twisted.
Jim Scofield | Some topics presidential candidates won’t debate
There are important topics and questions the presidential debates won’t mention.
Jim Scofield | Getting ahead and sharing the bounty
Despite Horatio Alger myths, America’s accomplishment hasn’t been mainly about individuals’ chances for success.
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