Author Archives: salsagator

Republicans vs. the Voters: Chaos, Carnage and the Coup

On January 6th Republican representatives within the government voted to reject the will of the people, while a Republican mob from without tried to overthrow the government.  Does this day signal the future of the Republican Party and the conservative right or will it be regarded as an anomaly in a fractured landscape of media noise? […]

Biden’s Honeymoon in Hell

There will be no honeymoon for Joe Biden. He will inherit a country where roughly half the population believes the election was stolen and most of the nation is painfully fatigued by virus-inspired social restrictions. The President-elect is proposing more testing, mask wearing, contract tracing and possible shutdowns. While greater access to testing may be […]

Guest column: Conscripting Troops for the Trump/DeSantis offensive

By Drake Buckman Editors note: A version of this column has run in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. It is reworked slightly and published here with permission from the author. This past week, 80,000 Sarasota parents will have to make one of the most difficult decisions of their lives. On Aug. 31, 43,000 children in Sarasota County […]

Debt, lies and economic destruction

In a recent interview Peter Navarro observed that President Trump was the was the “greatest jobs President in history.”  Navarro is a top economic and trade assistant to President Trump.  According the data from the Federal Reserve, the current unemployment rate at 11%, is higher than any time since World War II.  This is true […]

Election 2020 – Same as it ever was?

Could history serve as a guide in the 2020 election? With headlines about racial violence, protests and riots, 2020 seems reminiscent of 1968. Racial strife and division of 1967 and 1968 set the stage for the law and order candidacy of Richard Milhous Nixon. President Trump, who recently reaffirmed his claim to being a “law […]

Going Ballistic for Profit: Privatizing Major Tom

One of the stellar American achievements of the last half-century has been privatized. It is the latest chapter in the neoliberal transformation that has changed a county with a market economy into a market society. Few things in recent American history captured the imagination and interest of pubic the way the space race did. At […]

Crisis Economics – A history and what now

“I guess everyone’s a Keynesian in the foxhole.” – Robert Lucas, University of Chicago, 2008 Since its founding the U.S. government has generally adopted a hands-off attitude with private business.  During the Gilded Age of the late 1800s the economy was so wild economic historian, John Steel Gordon, labeled it, “Capitalism Red in Tooth and […]

Is Guyana the Kuwait of the Americas?

Voters Speak as Oil Roars Guyana is about to become one of the wealthiest nations no one has noticed.  Its election on Monday, March 2, 2020, will partially guide the country into the future but the economic changes will be the main catalyst for change. To Americans over the age of forty-five, this South American […]

Has the left betrayed MLK’s legacy?

Dr. Martin Luther King was a polarizing figure who brought out the best and worst in America. Eventually, the better angels of our nature prevailed and monumental legal progress was made through historic legislation. Socially, we are a far more integrated society than we were in the 1960s. Racism remains across the racial spectrum, but […]

Miami Debate Review: Democrats Aggressively Pursue Failure

“If liberals are so f***ing smart, why do they lose so goddamn always?” – Will McAvoy, The Newsroom The candidates in the Democratic debates demonstrated a genuine desire to lose the Presidential race in 2020.  Democrats do not view elections as a contest against Republicans.  They view elections as an opportunity to trumpet their moral superiority […]