Donald Trump Take-Down — John Oliver Followed by Mike Lofgren — PBI Observes in Favor of Trump

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” H.L. Mencken

Mike Lofgren: Inside the US Deep State — How Elites Control Politicians and Bureaucrats — Openly

Controlled by shadow government: Mike Lofgren reveals how top U.S. officials are at the mercy of the “deep state” A corrupt network of wealthy elites has hijacked our government, ex-GOP staffer and best-selling author tells Salon    

Mike Lofgren: Republican Imbecility — and Proud of It…

GOP and the Rise of Anti-Knowledge Ben Carson’s rise to the top of the Republican presidential field shows that many Republicans, especially Christian fundamentalists, have decoupled from the real world — and are proud of it. The more that GOP candidates embrace “anti-knowledge” the more popular they become, as Mike Lofgren explains.

Mike Lofgren: War as a Business Model

Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model. By Mike Lofgren Washington Monthly, March/April/May 2015 EXTRACT The syndrome the Bush administration created in Iraq was what former Pentagon critic Chuck Spinney has called a “self-licking ice cream cone”: the measures to fight the war on terrorism guaranteed more terrorists, which in …