Author Archives: Stimpson

About Stimpson

A curious chap, indeed.

Let’s hear it for Vermont Democrats!

Vermont, the first state to put the kibosh on slavery (in 1777!), is now showing the rest of the United States how to do health-care reform. Both of the state’s legislative chambers have approved a bill aimed at true universal … Continue reading

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Stanley Knowles, True Working-Class Hero

A few weeks back, in response to one of Minnesota Jack’s American Labor posts, I said maybe I would share a little about someone I consider a great figure in Canadian labor history. Well, here goes. I’ll try to be … Continue reading

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Hey, did you hear what Frank Luntz said?

“Politics for the simple-minded” is how Frank Luntz describes the approach he has, more than anyone else, helped embed in U.S. politics. He’s referring to how politicians over-simplify issues, appeal to emotion instead of intellect, and cast people on “the … Continue reading

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Not crazy, but hardly benign

Gotta hand it to you folks in the U.S. of A – your country has colorful leaders on the right. And by colorful I mean crazier than a hoot owl. You have Huckabee, a guy who would hold up assistance … Continue reading

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Imagine that: Racism has a home in the Tea Party

The rallies started soon after the first African-American President took residence in the White House. Crowds nearly as white as my 96-bright printer paper came to parks and public squares, carrying signs that said things like “Taxed Enough Already” even … Continue reading

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