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Biden’s bold rescue plan sets the stage for an American resurgence

Mar 10 2021 — Lawrence Martin — For the mother of all liberal spending sprees, how about Joe Biden’s US$1.9-trillion stimulus bill, which Congress passed on Wednesday? The American Rescue Plan, as it is immodestly called, is more than twice the size of Barack Obama’s stimulus package, which the Democrats brought forward in 2009 following the global financial crisis. As Mr. Biden […]

Political terror threats are growing – and Republicans couldn’t care less

Mar 6 2021 — Lawrence Martin — President Joe Biden projects calm. Donald Trump has been rendered relatively silent without Twitter. Capitol Hill insurrectionists have been arrested. And armed forces are so prevalent in Washington that the capital resembles – what a disgrace for a once-proud democracy – a desolate militarized zone. Despite it all, despite the new president, despite the increased […]

Biden is taking the U.S. on its sharpest left turn in 90 years

Feb 10 2021 — Lawrence Martin — Getting a splash of credibility these days is the notion that Joe Biden will usher in a new era of far-reaching progressivism, just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did. Succeeding arch-conservatives Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge, FDR’s subduing of laissez-faire capitalism touched off a big-government era which, encompassing the likes of Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, […]

Biden’s noble goals are already looking like a pipe dream

Jan 28 2021 — Lawrence Martin — In only a week Joe Biden has restored professionalism to the running of the White House. Back are coherence, civility, competence. Gone are chaos, insults, race-baiting, egomania, torrents of disinformation. As is necessary given the catalogue of crises he faces, Mr. Biden has rapidly come forward with executive orders and policies addressing, starting with the […]

Impeachment 2: The unravelling of the Trump Republicans

Jan 14 2021 — Lawrence Martin — Every so often, a statement of such force, of such glistening clarity, is made that cuts though the dross. Such was the case with the scorching declaration attacking Donald Trump on the eve of Wednesday’s impeachment vote by Congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of reviled warmonger Dick Cheney. “The President of the United States summoned this […]

Trump must be stopped now or anarchy will prevail

Jan 7 2021 — Lawrence Martin — Michael Cohen, the long-time fixer for Donald Trump, said a couple of years ago that “given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power.” Was anyone listening? Many thought the reckless demagogue wouldn’t go that far. They found out differently […]

Joe Biden’s agenda hinges on a showdown in Georgia

Dec 31 2020 — Lawrence Martin — As the year of political madness in America draws to a close, get ready for more of it to begin in 2021. On Tuesday, the state of Georgia votes in two Senate runoff elections to determine whether the Democrats or Republicans control that chamber and whether, therefore, Joe Biden’s agenda has a chance of being […]

The Biden cabinet: Just old faces from the Obama era or inspired choices?

Dec 18 2020 — Lawrence Martin — President-elect Joe Biden continues to score points for fulfilling his promise to form a government that “looks like America.” “Barrier breakers,” he calls his new cabinet picks. “Our cabinet doesn’t just have one first or just two of these firsts, but eight precedent-busting appointments – and today, a ninth,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday while naming […]