Gene Lyons

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April 16, 2014

How We Devalued the 'R' Word

At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes used to joke that I only look white. Actually, I'm Irish. Meaning basically that I wasn't raised to think the man in the big house had all the answers, nor deserved all the power he'd inherited. It was in that... continue

April 09, 2014

Pity the Plutocrats

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H.L. Hunt ... a few other... continue

April 02, 2014

7 Million Reasons Not to Repeal the ACA

So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to insure maximum stress and standing in line. Like mobbing shopping malls on the day after Thanksgiving,... continue

March 26, 2014

Behind the American Oligarchy

Let's put it this way: If the Koch Brothers were Russians, we'd call them oligarchs: grasping barbarians exercising crude political power. But this is America, where tycoons can buy respectability by throwing money at their wives' favorite ballet companies and museums. Also by funding "think... continue

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