Ted Rall

Articles by this author

Views
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Stamped Out: The Statue of Liberty Stamp Error and the End of America
NEW YORK--It may seem like a minor thing. Objectively it is a minor thing. But the Great Statue of Liberty Stamp Screw-up of 2011 presents a picture-perfect portrait of a society in the midst of collapse. You can tell a lot about the state of a country from its stamps and its currency. At a nation's peak its graphic iconography tends to be striking, elegant and original. As it begins to wane abstraction gives way to self-caricature, innovative design to self-parody, high art to kitsch.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Zero Salary for Congress
MIAMI--Most Americans don't like Moammar Kadafi or Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. But that might change if they knew their paychecks. The leaders of Libya and Iran get $9,516 and $3,000 a year annually, respectively. Obama collects $5,505,509--a whopping $22,022 per day . Who's the real out-of-touch dictator?
Read more
Views
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Fool Us Twice? Can Obama Get Reelected?
NEW YORK--Usually I don't care about political horseraces. Yet I am fascinated by Obama's reelection bid. Never mind what's good for the country. I'm dying to hear him make his case for another four years. I don't pretend to be able to predict the future. But I have a rich imagination--and I still can't begin to guess how the president can convince a majority of voters to choose him over the Republican nominee whether he be Mitt Romney or she be Michele Bachmann.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Devils We Don't Know: Who is the Libyan Opposition?
Hi. You don't know me. See that big guy over at the bar? I'm going to pick a fight with him. Wanna back me up? That's what we, the American people, are being asked to do in Libya. We're not picking sides. Picking sides implies that we know what's going on. We don't. Give George W. Bush this: he respected us enough to lie us into war. Obama wants us sign a blank check, no questions asked.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Libya: A War We Shouldn't Believe In
U.S. forces fired 110 cruise missiles at Libya on the first day of the war. Each one cost $755,000 to build; $2.8 million to transport, maintain and shoot. Austerity and budget cuts abound; there's no money for NPR or teachers or firefighters. Note to union negotiators: the government has lots of money. They're spending it on war.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Unions' Many Mistakes and Opportunities to Mend
I will never understand why the people who are jealous of unionized workers who earn $50,000 a year give a pass to the incompetent bank executives who get $5,000,000. Resentment is a terrible thing to waste.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
The Phony Budget Crisis: Forget Austerity, Tax the Rich
Everywhere you look, from the federal government to the states to your hometown, budget crises abound. Services are being slashed. Politicians and pundits from both parties tell us that the good times are over, that we’ve got to start living within our means.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Hope and Change? Not for Americans
NEW YORK -- If irony were money we'd be rich. "You've got to get out ahead of change," President Obama lectured a week ago. "You can't be behind the curve." He was, of course, referring to the Middle East. During the last few weeks there has been a new popular uprising every few days: Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya. And now, Wisconsin.
Read more
Views
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The New Face of Revolution: After Tunisia and Egypt, the World
NEW YORK--From the British newspaper the Independent: "Like in many other countries in the region, protesters in Egypt complain about surging prices, unemployment and the authorities' reliance on heavy-handed security to keep dissenting voices quiet." Sound familiar?
Read more
Views
Friday, December 17, 2010
The Death of Moderates: Extreme Problems Require Extreme Solutions
"Given his druthers, Obama will pursue the most left-leaning course that he can get away with." So says Jennifer Rubin, a right-wing pundit at the neoconservative-leaning Washington Post. "Obama," Rubin claims, "would have marched through his entire liberal agenda--if he had the votes." This, of course, assumes that Obama ever had a liberal agenda. There's not much evidence of that. Moreover, Obama did have the votes in Congress to get almost everything that he wanted. But he chose not to even try.
Read more

Pages