John Atcheson

John Atcheson

screen_shot_2017-07-26_at_9.09.47_pm.pngJohn Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections titled, WTF, America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back On Track, available from Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @john_atcheson

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
How the Deranged Took Over America
It’s not news to most people that the US is no longer a true Democracy. Gilens and Page proved it in 2014, using hard data. More recently, the Economist’s Democracy Index , dropped the US down to a “flawed democracy,” in 2016, and when the firmly neoliberal Economist thinks you have issues with...
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There is a budget that closely mirrors what the people want: the People's Budget, released by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is closely aligned with preferences of the majority of Americans, and it does a better job at lowering the projected deficit though targeted tax increases on the rich and budget cuts in the military and a few other specific areas. Views
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
What the People Want vs. What Trump, Ryan and McConnell and Gang are Proposing
There’s an enormous disconnect between what people want their government to do, and what the Republican-dominated government is pushing. It’s worth examining the size of this disconnect on the issues that affect people the most. Climate change and the environment: The people vs. the Republicans...
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Saturday, October 07, 2017
Save Your Prayers and Pass Some Laws
OK, enough. The degree of crazy in our country is simply no longer tenable. "So, Congressmen and women, stop saying there's nothing we can do. Stop offering prayers as substitutes for action." The degree of meanness and divisiveness is no longer tenable. The degree of anti-science, anti-reason,...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
What They Say vs. What They Mean: An Inside-the-Beltway Glossary
REPUBLICANS – Entries appear in the order with which they are used Tax Reform: Cut taxes for the rich, toss the middle class a few bones, while taking away their benefits and starving government so they can cut popular programs like social security “out of necessity.” Health Care: Wealth care – as...
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Still Getting It Wrong: How Media Pundits Keep Steering Democrats into the Shoals
In his Monday column at the New York Times , Paul Krugman said: These days, America starts from a baseline of extreme tribalism: 47 or 48 percent of the electorate will vote for any Republican, no matter how terrible, and against any Democrat, no matter how good. This means, in turn, that small...
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
This Is How Change Happens
Remember back in the primaries when Hillary Clinton, backed up by a chorus of elite media surrogates, told us how Sanders' proposal for universal health care was pie in the sky? Remember when Paul Krugman wrote a column called "How Change Happens" in which he called Sanders' proposals "happy dreams...
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Hillary Clinton's book—besides teeing up a self-serving list of excuses and blame—is a spirited defense of the centrist strategy that has been causing Democrats to lose for decades now, and an implicit warning to the party against following Sanders’ progressive agenda. Views
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
What Really Happened... And Why It Could Happen Again
Hillary Clinton’s new book, entitled What Happened , has been raising quite a brouhaha among Democrats. The general consensus is that most wish she’d just go away, with many saying she’s sapping energy and attention at a time when the party should be forging unity and looking forward. Actually, the...
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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Democrats Need a Strategy and a Viable Candidate, Not More Excuses
Here we go again. Leaked excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book calls Sanders’ ideas unrealistic and blames him for her loss to Trump. It probably didn’t help that a recent Newsweek article entitled “Bernie Sanders Voters Helped Trump Win and Here’s the Proof” revealed that enough Sanders...
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Monday, September 04, 2017
Harvey, Hell, and High Water
Katrina, Sandy, Harvey. Three record-breaking storms in a dozen years. Harvey is a 1,000 year storm, Sandy had the largest diameter of any hurricane on record to strike the US, and Katrina had the largest storm surge ever recorded. Meanwhile, the fire map for California covers the entire state, and...
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Progressive values include fairness, equity, a level-playing field, compassion, justice, reverence for our planet and environment, and a genuine pursuit of peace, not war – all things which play extremely well in the hearts of Americans, not to mention in political polling. One of the reasons Sanders is the most popular politician in America is that he tapped into these values and put specific proposals into a broader-values based message. Views
Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Long Game For Progressives
Conservatives navigate using a polestar; Democrats steer by their hood ornament. As a result, conservatives set the agenda, while Democrats respond to it. Worse, conservatives shape polls, and Democrats are shaped by polls. Conservatives have been strategic. Democrats have—at best—been tactical...
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