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Evangelicals are Not Voting Trump, Jacksonians Are  3/31/2016  (119)

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CNN Repeats Stupid Claim by Pew Research that Religious 'Nones' Dominate Democratic Party  11/5/2015  (352)

First Things has become Relevant to Only One Region of the Country: the South  11/2/2015  (373)

Tell Ben Carson to Give Up His Presidential Campaign  10/27/2015  (368)

Corporate-Funded Think Tanks have Created an Angry, Destructive Politics  10/24/2015  (327)

Protestants Need a Pope  9/30/2015  (410)

R.R. Reno at First Things is Disappointed by Pope Francis  9/25/2015  (418)

Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car  8/15/2015  (496)

Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation  8/12/2015  (460)

Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe  7/21/2015  (578)

The Republican Party has become an Agent of Southern Religion, Racism and Anti-Unionism  7/20/2015  (463)

Historic Day: Gay Marriage Affirmed by Supreme Court in All 50 States  6/26/2015  (490)

Gun Manufacturers Cannot Be Christian says Pope Francis  6/22/2015  (543)

Pope Francis Teaches Us about Climate Change and the Moral Imperative to Act  6/20/2015  (559)

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Bonhoeffer's Vision: An Outcast Church on the Margins of Society  4/25/2015  (641)

The Debate Over Cornel West  4/21/2015  (687)

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The New Political Mission of the Historic Protestant Church  3/16/2015  (713)

When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means  3/1/2015  (725)

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The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes  2/18/2015  (961)

Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized  2/16/2015  (698)

Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself  2/4/2015  (727)

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John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran  1/21/2015  (725)

Martin Luther on Charlie Hebdo: Sick Secularism and Billy Graham  1/14/2015  (1854)

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Wall Street has Bought Itself a Congress  12/15/2014  (765)

Democrats Move to Encourage an Elizabeth Warren Candidancy  12/10/2014  (750)

Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst  10/27/2014  (1458)

Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology  10/21/2014  (958)

Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy  10/10/2014  (933)

Stop the Oil Train Bombs  10/2/2014  (927)

The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things  9/19/2014  (972)

Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri  8/15/2014  (933)

Reagan's View of History Still Prevails  8/15/2014  (898)

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Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols  8/12/2014  (1009)

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The Lost Iraq War  7/30/2014  (912)

It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State   7/24/2014  (844)

Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor  7/23/2014  (1172)

There is No Religious Left  7/22/2014  (889)

Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background  7/18/2014  (854)

Teachers Turn Against Obama  7/12/2014  (993)

The Trouble With Brain Science  7/12/2014  (939)

The Roman Catholic Supreme Court Decides What is 'Sincere' Religious Belief   7/1/2014  (997)

Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism  7/1/2014  (997)

Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go  6/30/2014  (909)

Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives  4/25/2014  (1015)

Coal Train Crisis Abates   4/16/2014  (1040)

Gay Marriage Ban Ending in England and Wales on Saturday  3/29/2014  (1041)

Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes  3/28/2014  (1081)

A False Gospel: Corporate Christianity  3/27/2014  (1036)

Koch Brothers are Creating Their Own Political Party  1/26/2014  (1165)

Social Justice in New York City  1/1/2014  (1185)

God is a God of Freedom: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology  12/21/2013  (1177)

America, America, the Country that Kills Its Prophets  11/23/2013  (1271)

Thinking about a New Protestantism  11/21/2013  (1198)

Hysterical Anti-Communism: Billy Graham Urged the Killing of a Million Vietnamese  11/21/2013  (1731)

The Next President will be a Woman and a Methodist, but not Hillary  11/11/2013  (1211)

Regular Republicans are Beginning to Reject Their Leaders  11/11/2013  (1198)

Pastors: Help Your People Understand Obamacare  11/6/2013  (1255)

Mothers and Grandmothers on Abortion  11/5/2013  (1334)

Why Obamacare is a Political Con Job  10/30/2013  (1339)

Very Disturbing Governance by Media Manipulation  10/4/2013  (1431)

A Reformation Pope  10/2/2013  (1371)

When the Big Money Mafia Rule  10/1/2013  (1373)

Obama Wins Shutdown Battle  10/1/2013  (1477)

Samantha Power: Protection of the Innocent  9/11/2013  (1485)

Pope Francis to Meet with Gustavo Gutierrez, Founder of Liberation Theology  9/11/2013  (1453)

Apocalypse: Life Beyond Empire and Environmental Destruction  9/9/2013  (1370)

Joining Obama Against Himself?  9/5/2013  (1461)

Arab Spring: Transfer of Power in Syria  9/4/2013  (1435)

Religious Conflict in the History of Syria  9/3/2013  (1419)

Hunger Games: The Divide and Conquer Marketing Strategy of Fox News  8/7/2013  (1505)

The Terrible Mendacity of Stanley Kurtz  8/5/2013  (1754)

Obama Speaks on Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case  7/19/2013  (1482)

Summer Heat: Elders Called to Engage in Civil Disobedience  7/18/2013  (1538)

Business Predators Must Be Forced to Stop Their Damaging Behavior  5/26/2013  (1544)

Pastors Create Public Consciousness  5/26/2013  (1552)

Kathyrn Tanner: The Social Trinity and Politics  5/26/2013  (1654)

Obama Failed to Appoint Competent IRS Leaders  5/22/2013  (1596)

Occupy Theology: Obama has Broken the Hearts of the Young  5/20/2013  (1506)

Corporate Conspiracy Theories in Pastoral Consciousness  5/17/2013  (1628)

The Gosnell Verdict and Abortion Politics  5/16/2013  (1787)

False Equivalence, the IRS, and the Right's Persecution Complex  5/15/2013  (1629)

The NRA: Southern Political Terrorism  5/14/2013  (1591)

Public Violence  4/17/2013  (1469)

A Teacher is Raised  4/8/2013  (1467)

Stop Coal Exports  3/27/2013  (1567)

Health Care Hogs Drive Up Costs  3/27/2013  (1504)

Manufactured Landscapes  3/23/2013  (1526)

About Death Camp Thinking  3/22/2013  (1508)

Marriage Equality Goes Mainstream  3/21/2013  (1602)

Hope for the New Pope  3/14/2013  (1607)

The End of a Catholic Moment  3/12/2013  (1602)

Wealth Inequality is Much Worse than Most People Believe   3/11/2013  (1605)

The Government is Making Us Old  3/11/2013  (1846)

Fairness Now Means to Tax the Rich More  12/10/2012  (1664)

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:THE NEW JIM CROW  11/14/2012  (1718)

A Victory for Life  11/7/2012  (1492)

Romney is Not a Christian  11/5/2012  (1731)

It's Not Theology that is Utopian Today, It's the Market Fundamentalists Like Romney  10/17/2012  (2070)

Why Does Romney Focus So Much On Apology?  9/12/2012  (1665)

A Way of Speaking that Wins Elections  9/6/2012  (1628)

Compared to Other Nations, America is Under-Taxed and More Unequal  8/31/2012  (1644)

Obedience, Not Liberty, is Highest Value for Real Conservatives  8/28/2012  (1689)

Romney Degrades Himself with Welfare Ad  8/28/2012  (1638)

Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All  8/3/2012  (1764)

Michele Bachmann: Say Stupid Things, Make Lots of Money  8/1/2012  (1686)

The Trees are Falling  7/14/2012  (1823)

President's Social Darwinism Comment Stirs Up Business Elite  4/16/2012  (1745)

Today is My Last Day at Goldman Sachs  3/14/2012  (1808)

Creation is Broken: Against Utopian Conservatives  3/9/2012  (1765)

Women have Spoken: The End of Rush Limbaugh  3/9/2012  (1725)

Nazism and Public Schools: Catholic Bishops Want Public Money for Their Own Schools  2/25/2012  (2239)

The Cynical Use of Religion by Economic Elites  2/23/2012  (2094)

The Continuing Attack by Religious Right against Mainline Christianity  2/22/2012  (1893)

A Phony Public Theology  2/22/2012  (1779)

Naming the Enemy: Biological Fundamentalism  2/17/2012  (1769)

Social Policy in Pastoral Consciousness: Who Should Serve the 'Poor'?  2/16/2012  (1738)

Bishops Reject Obama Compromise, the Devil is Forcing Birth Control  2/14/2012  (1770)

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It  2/13/2012  (1782)

Romney Believes Constitution is Divine  2/11/2012  (1785)

Santorum Reveals His Political Philosophy with Comment on French Revolution  2/10/2012  (4451)

Legal Aspects of the Contraception Debate  2/9/2012  (1845)

Catholic Bishops Want Freedom to Oppress Women  2/8/2012  (2083)

David Stockman on Crony Capitalism, A Very Helpful Discussion  1/26/2012  (4125)

Wall Street to be Investigated  1/25/2012  (2198)

Obama Tells Truth about Economy  12/7/2011  (1806)

God Demands Justice  11/17/2011  (1734)

Understanding Protest Movements  11/15/2011  (1743)

Chris Hedges: People Have Finally Woken Up  10/8/2011  (1778)

A New Economic Strategy for Wall Street Protests  10/5/2011  (1849)

Wall Street Occupation Protest - Live Video  9/26/2011  (1850)

Tens of Thousands Protest in Israel; Citizens of the USA Should Also Hit the Streets  8/7/2011  (1931)

A Day of Blasphemy: Governor Rick Perry's Prayer Festival  8/5/2011  (2060)

Wall Street Hates the Tea Party  8/4/2011  (1941)

The Instability of the American Political System  7/27/2011  (2001)

Fukuyama on The Origins of Political Order  4/15/2011  (1963)

Obama Punches Back  4/13/2011  (2045)

Punish the Poor  4/9/2011  (2050)

Facing the Reality of Conflict and the Problem with Liberal Neutrality  3/21/2011  (1955)

The Republican Attack on Poor Women  2/20/2011  (2112)

A Real Spirit of Peace  2/11/2011  (1966)

Public Lies about Tax Cuts  2/10/2011  (2035)

The People Own the Streets  2/2/2011  (2037)

Political Violence Works  1/13/2011  (2063)

Religion as a Matter of Political Calculation  12/24/2010  (2118)

Tea Party Leader Says Methodist Church is the Religious Arm of Socialism   12/20/2010  (2282)

Bottom-up History: The Commoners of Atwood  12/13/2010  (2072)

Patriotic Millionaires Support Increase in Their OwnTaxes  12/10/2010  (2135)

Democrats Elected a Republican President  12/9/2010  (2075)

Obama Agrees to Increase Obscene Levels of Inequality  12/9/2010  (2014)

The Unemployed are Actual, Real People  12/3/2010  (2167)

A Deep Sense of Bewilderment and Betrayal  12/2/2010  (2040)

Chalmers Johnson Dies, Military Writer Who Told the Truth  11/21/2010  (2150)

Should the Rich Rule?  11/3/2010  (2014)

The Liberation Theology of Abraham Lincoln  10/12/2010  (2118)

Mass Psychosis as a Pastoral Concern  9/24/2010  (2099)

Glenn Beck and Apostolic Authority  8/31/2010  (2092)

A Moving Event  7/19/2010  (2064)

Gay Marriage to Become Law of the Land  6/21/2010  (2122)

Facing Death at the Center of Life  6/14/2010  (2118)

Rand Paul Exposes Tea Party Racism in Libertarianism  5/20/2010  (2243)

Equal Freedom: The Obama Doctrine  5/7/2010  (2439)

The Last Protestant is Leaving  4/9/2010  (2221)

Economics in Pastoral Consciousness  3/14/2010  (2258)

The Strategic Consciousness of the Protestant Pastor  3/1/2010  (2264)

Memesis and the Culture of Personal Crisis  2/15/2010  (2443)

Watch Out for that Communist Folk Music  1/22/2010  (2416)

The Political Cross at Xmas  12/23/2009  (2317)

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Send Money to ACORN Now!  9/19/2009  (2686)

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The Media Creation of Whacko Conservatism  7/30/2009  (2661)

Seven Pentecostal Mountains and Sarah Palin  7/16/2009  (2826)

Major Media Unfairly Presents Anti-Abortion Rhetoric  6/3/2009  (2815)

You Can Get Killed in a Public Church  6/2/2009  (2827)

Historical Jesus Theories: Bringing on the Reign of God  5/20/2009  (3202)

It's Not Socialism, It's Insanity  5/20/2009  (2694)

When Life Begins is Not at all Clear  5/19/2009  (2876)

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Jesus is Not Some Phony Spook  4/22/2009  (2591)

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The Significance of the Killing of Robert F. Kennedy  4/13/2009  (2818)

The Last Book by Neuhaus: America is Babylon  4/10/2009  (2931)

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Without Trust, No Economy  3/19/2009  (2819)

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Another Big Book on Justice  3/17/2009  (2749)

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The Freeman Affair and the Israel Lobby  3/16/2009  (2796)

Uncreative Destruction  3/16/2009  (2835)

Some Truth about Income Tax Rates  3/13/2009  (3131)

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They have Stolen Our Language  3/11/2009  (2893)

CNBC: Mouthpiece for Business Ideology  3/11/2009  (2694)

Why Habermas?  3/11/2009  (2792)

Sex in God's Family  3/8/2009  (2970)

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Public Lies about Tax Cuts

A couple years ago I happened upon a C-Span presentation sponsored by the American Heritage Foundation of conservative economists discussing tax policy. What was fascinating to me was that not one of these economists would agree now with the so-called "supply side" argument that if you lower taxes the revenues to government increase. Now, these were not politicians, they were economists talking to one another, and though they were all in the "conservative" camp they could not just repeat what has become the prime credo of Republican politics.

Now, at one time this idea may have had some merit. Under Eisenhower in the 1950s the top rate on income taxes was 91 percent! When Kennedy reduced that rate there could have been a stimulative effect. But when rates are already very low in comparison a further decline won't make much difference, it will just mean that tax revenues decline so government cannot pay its bills. And that is what has been happening now for the past decades. Under both Reagan and Bush the deficits have exploded because of their tax cuts which did not produce the expected revenue. So history is absolutely clear now and conservative economists know it.

But the message hasn't gotten to the politicians. David Corn has written this at Mother Jones:
Moments before the new Republican House was to be sworn in, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the head of the House Republican Policy Committee and the chamber's fifth-ranking GOPer, was standing in the ornate Speaker's Lobby of the Capitol, near a roaring fire. In the celebratory hustle and bustle—new members rushing to pick up lapel pins and license plates, their kids noisily exploring the building—a reporter approached Price with a question: How could he reconcile the GOP's pledge to tame the deficit with its decision to dodge budget calculations about the costs of tax cuts and repealing health care reform? Without missing a beat, Price replied, "It doesn't cost the government money to decrease taxes. When you decrease taxes, as President Kennedy proved, as Reagan proved, you increase revenue to the federal government."
Now, what is this? Is it a complete delusion, a refusal to face facts caused by ideological blinders? Or is it intentional and literal public lying? Here you have a major Republican congressional leader saying something which is just completely untrue. If he is not lying, but just deluded, then public policy established on the basis of a false belief will be bad for the country, it can't accomplish what is being claimed. If he is lying then he is morally reprehensible and should be ejected from office. But wait a minute, this kind of thing is being said by a whole lot of Republican leaders today, so they are all either deluded or lying. Either way, a country being run by delusions or lies is not one which can be successful in the world today.

David Corn goes on in his article to report the views of David Stockman, Ronald Reagan's first budget director. Stockman thinks it is lying: "Republicans like Price were, in Stockman's view, misreading history—even perverting the Reagan message. As he saw it, they were guiding the nation toward financial ruin by pushing for tax cuts without having the guts to seriously slash spending—and dishonestly justifying their "flimflam" by citing his work."

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