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Koch Industries Lackeys Admit To Manipulating Oil Prices…And Gloat About It, Too

The Kochs Give a Big Enron Fuck You to America: Traders working for Koch Industries not only gave PowerPoint presentations outlining their plans to drive up the price of oil, but openly boasted about gaming the market in the business press.

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 | Comments (47)

Hoveround: The Tea Party Death Mobile

It’s all about making tough choices fer our granchirren’ To all my fellow under-55-ers: If you want to know why we have to fund the over-55-ers’ full Medicare and Social Security benefits, leaving nothing for the rest of us, here’s…

Posted on: April 14th, 2011 | Comments (29)

Property Taxes Are For Parasites: Billionaires Use The “Fake Farm Loophole” To Not Pay Any…

For all those feeling the pinch this Tax Day, rest assured America’s wealthiest one percent have no idea what you’re going through. Not only have they shaved over $100 billion off their income taxes thanks to Bush’s tax cuts, but many won’t be paying their property taxes, either.

Posted on: April 14th, 2011 | Comments (16)

The Koch Brothers: Dark Lords of Derivatives

People don’t seem that interested in talking about Wall Street’s unpunished and ongoing rape of America anymore these days. And that’s too bad. Because Koch Industries has a lot more in common with Wall Street than most people realize.

Posted on: April 9th, 2011 | Comments (21)

Anti-war Libertarians Charles and David Koch Love Profiteering Off America’s War Machine

Data pulled from publicly-accessible federal contract databases shows that over the past 15 years, the Kochs have milked the U.S. war machine for about $170 million, all while funding libertarian groups, organizations and media outfits with anti-war positions.

Posted on: March 25th, 2011 | Comments (17)

Billionaire Koch Brothers Use Their $1 Billion-A-Year Taxpayer-Funded Biofuel Subsidy To Bankroll Republicans, Tea Party, Right-wing Libertarian Groups

Why are American taxpayers forced to subsidize the billionaire Koch brothers’ massive campaign contributions to Republican Party politicians, the Tea Party movement, and policies that ensure greater subsidies to the Kochs, while cutting more public services to the taxpayers who…

Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 | Comments (32)

All Pain, No Gain: A Brief History of “Austerity Program” Massacres & Disasters

This article was first published in Alternet. Now that the shock of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting is starting to wear off and the country is returning to its normal insanity again, we’re back to facing a far worse, far more…

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 | Comments (53)

We, The Spiteful

In the summer of 2004, I published an article in the New York Press that answered Thomas Frank’s question “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” The Bush-Kerry campaign was heating up, and it was clear to me that the American left…

Posted on: January 22nd, 2011 | Comments (99)

MEG WHITMAN: STINGIEST BILLIONAIRE IN AMERICA?  (Or: Top 8 Reasons Why Borat Would Vote For Meg Whitman)

“I will steal your hard-earned money!” This article was first published on AlterNet. Meg Whitman has always wanted to be Number One in her field. So although it must rankle Whitman that her $1.3 billion in wealth only ranks her…

Posted on: November 1st, 2010 | Comments (23)

How Meg Whitman Failed Her Way to the Top at eBay, Collecting Billions While Nearly Destroying the Company

This article was first published on AlterNet With the elections for governor just around the corner, most California voters probably think they have a pretty good grasp of the pros and cons of Republican candidate Meg Whitman: on the downside,…

Posted on: October 27th, 2010 | Comments (42)

Tea Party Republicans Are Nothing But Big Government Whores, Just Like Their Billionaire Masters

  This article was first published on TruthDig.com If tea party candidates were serious about stopping runaway spending and bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington, they would have to address one of the most egregious wastes of taxpayer dollars: federal farm…

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 | Comments (30)

7 Ways the Koch Bros. Benefit from Corporate Welfare

An abridged version of this article was first published in the New York Observer Mainstream America is finally getting to know the billionaire brothers backing the libertarian movement, thanks to a pair of dueling profiles in New York and The…

Posted on: September 4th, 2010 | Comments (14)

Manhattan’s Welfare  Kings: How Billionaires Turned Farms Into Personal Tax Havens and Petty Cash Machines, Allowing Them to Give Less, While Taking More

This article was first published in the New York Press. Wall Street bankers and retired hedge fund billionaires have been talking about fiscal responsibility and deficit reduction, preparing the masses for austerity measures and cuts in social services—which we are…

Posted on: June 15th, 2010 | Comments (34)

Escape From America: The Strange & Scary Billionaires Behind The Libertarian-Inspired Sea Castles

This article was first published in Alternet What happens when Americans plunder America and leave it broken, destitute and seething mad? Where do these fabulously wealthy Americans go with their loot, if America isn’t a safe, secure, or even desirable…

Posted on: June 2nd, 2010 | Comments (108)

Top Billionaire Hedge Funder Sees Himself As a Hyena Devouring Wildebeests

This article first appeared in Alternet. Ray Dalio is a billionaire hedge fund manager who makes more money in a single day than most Americans will earn in their entire lifetimes. That’s because hedge funds are the top of the…

Posted on: May 22nd, 2010 | Comments (62)

How PG&E Plans To Screw The Golden State By Enshrining Its Corporate Energy Monopoly In the California Constitution

First published on Alternet Welcome to Gilded Age 2.0, a time when government has become an appendage to the super-rich, used by industrialists, financiers and corporate robber barons to monopolize the economy and strip regular citizens of power and money….

Posted on: May 18th, 2010 | Comments (24)

Confessions Of A Wall St. Nihilist: Forget About Goldman Sachs, Our Entire Economy Is Built On Fraud

This article first appeared in The New York Press. There was a strange moment last week during President Obama’s speech at Cooper Union. There he was, groveling before a cast of Wall Street villains including Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein,…

Posted on: April 28th, 2010 | Comments (112)

A People’s History of Koch Industries: How Stalin Funded the Tea Party Movement

This article was first published on Alternet.org “I would rather live under a bridge than live under socialism” —tea bagger slogan   Everyone knows that Tea Party revolutionaries fear and hate socialism about as much as the Antichrist. Which is…

Posted on: April 17th, 2010 | Comments (106)

Rightwing Shill David Brooks Thinks Tea Baggers are “Wal-Mart Hippies,” Counterculture Revolutionaries of the New Millennium

This story was first published on Alternet. There is a fresh interpretive fad in the young field of Tea Party Studies: The New Right of 2010 as the New Left of the 1960s. According to this nascent meme, today’s conservative…

Posted on: March 22nd, 2010 | Comments (40)

In case you mighta mistaken South Carolina Republican Joe “You Lie!” Wilson for a principled populist who stuck his neck out on behalf of regular folks, this makes it clear that Wilson is nothing but a healthcare industry buttboy, and…

Posted on: February 23rd, 2010 | Comments (2)

Royal Tea Party Rebels: The Heroic Billionaires’ Struggle To Overthrow The Tyranny Of Democracy

This article first was first published in Alternet. While Tea Party movement followers ran around Nashville last week dressed up in their Paul Revere period costumes, blathering about their heroic struggle against Obama’s Islamosocialist tyranny, the right-wing elite that nurtures…

Posted on: February 12th, 2010 | Comments (76)

Obama Administration’s Crisis Catchphrase: “It’s OutrAAAAgeous!”

It’s that time of the year again when AIG’s executive bonuses are announced…and as every American raised on sitcoms knows, this means it’s that time in the show when the plot-twist causes the audience to gasp, and the camera cuts…

Posted on: February 3rd, 2010 | Comments (24)

Fire The Failures & Save The Presidency

If President Obama wants to really understand why he got his ass handed to him in the Massachusetts Senate race—a defeat as shocking and strange as if Joe Lieberman was elected president of Iran—he might want to read one of…

Posted on: January 21st, 2010 | Comments (42)

Are Obama And Geithner The Twins From Hell?

This article was first published in Alternet. A lot of us have been wondering, despondently, why the Hell Barack Obama is keeping Timothy Geithner on the job as Treasury Secretary, given his central role in the plunder of trillions of…

Posted on: January 15th, 2010 | Comments (24)

Blood Sucking Freaks: The Rightwing Billionaires At Cerberus Capital Literally Suck Blood From The Poor

This article first appeared in Alternet. Wall Street Vampires: Lately, a lot of Americans, myself included, have used the blood-sucking freaks as a metaphor to describe the Wall Street billionaires who rule us, and who are ruining us.  Like so…

Posted on: January 9th, 2010 | Comments (33)