Robert Becker

Robert Becker
Location
California, United States
Birthday
January 01
Bio
Educated at Rutgers College (BA) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D, English) I left university teaching (Northwestern, U. Chicago) for business, founding and heading SOTA Industries, high end audio company from '80 to '92; from '92-02 I did marketing consulting & writing; from '02 until now, I scribble on politics and culture, looking for the wit in the shadows.

Robert Becker's Links

Salon.com

 

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By Robert S. Becker


Government by Poison Pill: A Bold, New Model?


Only a brave contrarian defends a poison pill concoction conceived in cynicism and promoted with panic that staggers home with all the climax of a shotgun wedding. Once an orphan chick ostracized by all,
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Gut Plastic, used with permission

For a Pittance, Join Up as Ocean Activist

Without knowing, as famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle brilliantly summarized in her TED talk, personal caring won’t materialize. And without caring – even about earth’s “life-support system” – then the hope thatRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

reprinted with permission from K. Tucker 

reprinted with permission, K. Tucker 

 

In the long arc of history, the human race hopped off branches, crawled from caves, then inscribed holy books. Genesis crowned mankind with dominion “over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the airRead full post »

  

GOP Cracked 

Republicans aren't just having a bad season, a bad year or bad election cycle. When a shrinking minority, bereft of rebuilding moves, starts hurling thunderbolts at each other, we can project bad decades. Not so long ago, rightwingers began leaping off cliffs and denying… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 20, 2013 4:15PM

Backlash to NRA Rampage Reloads Gun Reform

 NRAtabloid

 

LaPierre Should Stop Confusing Speaking with Lying

 

Here's the easy answer to three questions no one expected a year ago: "NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre."

 

1) Whose sleazy, million-dollar-a-year gun lobbyist perfectly reflects in tone and message our most predatorRead full post »

 

gun-violence 

Robert S. Becker

 

 

And the envelope, please. Winner of the elbows down, muzzle up award for the Most Predatory, Most Immunized American Industry . . . yes, consumer firearms. After all, corporate raiders like Romney limit plundering to jobs, tax loopholes, pensions,… Read full post »

 Karl-Kollapses

 

By Robert S. Becker 

Doubling Down on Outmoded Messaging Confirms Minority Status  

As Karl Rove’s career crashes – from discredited dirty-trickster to failed super-fundraiser/strategy wizard and lastly mortified TV pundit – one clear narrative… Read full post »

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Robert S. Becker

 

Today’s easy riddle: what will cost more, last longer, and accomplish less than our troop-heavy, anachronistic, perpetual overseas occupations? Nothing, nada, rien – certainly not annual deficits, Bush tax cuts, or formal defense budgets. PutRead full post »

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By Robert S. Becker


What if they gave a war – and only one army showed up?

Here’s my pro-government, Thanksgiving hurrah: federalism dodged another Florida 2000 election fiasco, a looming prospect were Gallup’s blunderbuss pollRead full post »


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By Robert S. Becker

 

also appears at Alternet:

 http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/putting-lipstick-pig-4-messes-sink-gops-dreams-regaining-presidency

 

 

Stuck dancing with the sclerotic herd that brung you

 

Beyond rightwing foment and sel… Read full post »

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/15/5_glaring_contradictions_that_sank_the_gop/

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 1:30PM

5 Contradictions Sinking the Right

 

Republicanism 

Robert S. Becker

Enough uplifting, all-purpose notions why Obama and Democrats prevailed, some pertinent (like demographics), many laughable: it was Sandy the storm, tons of “stuff” Obama promised, or Democratic voter repression (right!). “No, no,” shoutRead full post »

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By Robert S. Becker


 

This election is already historic for, win or lose, Mitt Romney has shaken up the game by expanding the talent pool. With a surge that notched his credibility, Mitt gained no small victory against a skillful professional second in brand promotionRead full post »

 

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By Robert S. Becker

 

 

When Work is Not Salvation

What if the most enduring October scoop got waylaid, buried by campaign Rom-foolery and Obametrics,
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By Robert S. Becker

 

Delusional Romney belief systems -- whether more trickle-down folly, indefensible tax cuts, or "God's on our side" exceptionalism -- serve as cover for an ever nastier, reactionary vulture culture. Under-regulated vulture capitalism preys on governme… Read full post »

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By Robert S. Becker 

Fans of gallows humor must delight in the mounting farce that is Mitt Romney’s campaign. Could his cavalcade of confusion blunder on, even get worse? Common mannersRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 8:40PM

Defyin' the Ever-lovin' Lyin' Blitz

liar, fake, GOP

 

By Robert S. Becker 

 

Fancy Liar's Poker? Why not Liar's Politics? This week, faint-hearted journalists crept from quasi-permanent stupor to broadcast Paul Ryan's astonishing duplicity. That spectacle raises this shocking question: is Romney's fact-free mission to lie himRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

Akin sounds off 

 

Will the unintended Republican comic opera play on? Enough surging tomfoolery, plus an anemic ticket, and President Obama may survive. Ah, the clandestine metric Romney dreams will carry him into the White House: entertainment verging on farce. Forget… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2012 1:04PM

Ode to Trees, Fleas, and Phony Pleas

By Robert S. Becker

 

parasite

 

I think that we shall never see
A Willard Romney wannabe:
Would slavish dupes ape sham devices –
A void of ideas, beset with vices?

He lies and dodges, struts and preens,
Icy, disingenuous

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By Robert S. Becker 

 

Ryan not going rogue

  Ryan: S.O.P. for "moderate" GOP wannabes 

Whether you responded with shock, surprise or delight to his V.P. pick, Mitt Romney delivered no bombshell with Paul Ryan. Au contraire. The briefest survey confirms "going hard right V.P." typifies the mo… Read full post »

 

By Robert S. Becker

  tax dodging

Disclosure: nothing here, defending the grievously-assaulted GOP entrant, reflects my father's 40 year CPA career. I did, however, inherit his prudent tax credo: declare all income (certainly with paper trails), deduct all that's defensible by log… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker                

He who lives by the sweeping generalization, as does Chris Hedges, is vulnerable to analytic close reading (pinpointing ill-defined terms), let alone far more basic queries: is this true, does this apply, is the context… Read full post »

 

Robert S. Becker

 

What, I'm the mistake? 

         "Right, I'm the big GOP mistake?" 

 

Mercifully brief, this week’s rousing Cheney-Palin-McCain food fight delivers more brash hijinks to liberals and Democrats than NBC’s controversial, jingoist Olym… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

Romney the Imposter 

Mitt the Great Imposter

Great news this week for majority rule: CNN polling reported 63% think Bain Capital exploits make Mitt Romney more likely to "make good decisions handling" the economy over the next four years. What else matters to hardscrabble anguisRead full post »

 

By Robert S. Becker

 

Not yet president 

If one can magically "resign" from any morass after the fact (truly, long after), Mitt Romney shouldn’t only run for president but extraterrestrial, time-shifting Miracle Man. This notorious policy shape-shifter graduates now to time-shifter, as… Read full post »