Huck Gutman

Huck Gutman, a professor at the University of Vermont, was formerly Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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Thursday, June 26, 2003
Why Bush Ignores the Numbers
Figures about the American economy give some people headaches. Recognizing this, President Bush would rather talk about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- which have never been found -- than about what is happening to most Americans. Of course, he also knows that talking about statistics would reveal that the two rounds of tax cuts he has pushed through Congress will have disastrous consequences for an America already growing more unequal.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Eight Steps To Free Media
On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission decided, by a partisan 3-2 vote, to "deregulate" the media. Gone are restrictions preventing newspapers from owning television stations; limits on the number of television stations a corporation may own, and nationwide viewers it may reach, have been relaxed.
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Monday, June 09, 2003
Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
ERNEST HEMINGWAY once wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." The novel is one of the classics of the American literary tradition, in part because it reveals so much about American character and American values.
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Friday, May 23, 2003
After Iraq: Dark Roads
THE war in Iraq is over. US President George W Bush has proclaimed victory. At present, his administration it is trying to govern and reconstruct post-war Iraq. But the results are sorry. Crime is rampant in Baghdad, electricity and water unreliable at best. Former Baath Party functionaries -- despite Saddam Hussein's defeat -- often appear to have US support in the "reconstruction" effort.
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Friday, February 28, 2003
Corporate Tax Evasion on an Enormous Scale
President Bush has told the nation he is worried about what he calls a "double taxation" on dividends. As a consequence he has proposed to Congress that taxes on dividends be eliminated. The effrontery of the proposal is stunning.
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Monday, February 17, 2003
What Are They Really Up To?
The government of the United States is, sad to say, in the hands of blinkered ideologues. And that is putting it kindly. A less generous interpretation is that a small group of people are determined to serve their own narrow interests, oblivious to the effect their actions may have on either their own nation, or the six billion people with whom they share the globe.
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Friday, February 07, 2003
Iraq and The Unhappy Lessons of History
Even those who do not agree with our policy toward Iraq would do well to consider the reasoning behind its formulation. The President's advisors insist that this nation's strategic priority must be to demonstrate that the United States will use force, overwhelming force, to achieve a more secure world.
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Sunday, January 12, 2003
A New Year's Letter to Students
Dear Students, In the course of thirty-two years of teaching I have never written a letter like this. Deeply troubled by the looming war with Iraq, I am particularly concerned with what it may mean for you, as you look forward to a life I hope will be full, exciting, and rewarding.
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Thursday, December 12, 2002
Some Political Lessons from Vermont
The recent elections, which gave Republicans control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House, have raised serious questions for progressives across the country. Why is the country seemingly drifting rightward; more importantly, what can be done to invigorate a progressive presence in the electoral process?
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Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Abracadabra, Why Iraq!
In the USA, the news each night is dominated by the possibility of a war on Iraq. Saddam Hussein is not one of the world's nobler creatures; he is a thug and a dictator, a man who has used chemical warfare on his own citizens and invaded neighboring countries. But he has been a despot for many years, since long before he lost a desert war to the USA. Why is he now the focus of American ire?
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