112th Congress Inequality Report Card: Tim Johnson B+, Noem D, Thune F


  1. The ISP:

    Scandals have repeatedly exploded around the very foundations of the Institute for Policy Studies. But it has so penetrated Washington's circles of radical legislators, congressional aides, government agencies, academics, and the media that the IPS not only continues to function but also to attract fresh recruits.

    The scandals include federal domestic security investigations during the late 1960s and early 1970s revealing IPS's more than passing involvement with leaders of the violently revolutionary Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the race hatred of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee(they always have such nice-sounding names, don't they?). The latter included Ralph Featherstone, who left this world rapidly one evening when the bomb he was holding in his lap exploded before he could plant it at the Maryland courthouse where H. Rap Brown faced charges of incitement to riot. Then there were the investigations of the intimate connections of key IPS members with such hostile foreign powers as Cuba and North Vietnam. There were the investigations of the relationship between prominent IPS associates, the terrorist Weathermen, and Cuba. There was a federal indictment of IPS co-founder Marcus Raskin for draft-evasion conspiracy. And there was the direct involvement of IPS members including Leonard Rodberg in dissemination of the Pentagon Papers stolen by Daniel Ellsberg from the Rand Corporation.


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    Steve, IPS also offered early criticism of globalization and multinational corporations. History argument negated, above report card on specific Congressional votes stands. (And you love voting report cards!)

  3. Speaking of report cards, Sibby still hasn't told us whether or not he'll be a witness in the RoboCall case (RoboGate?) Come on, Sib. Time to come clean. Is you is? Or is you ain't, baby?

  4. No surprised Fleming does not support First Amendment civil rights.

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