Stories by Molly Ivins

For decades, Molly Ivins wrote hundreds of columns about politics, Texas and other bizarre happenings. subscribe to Molly Ivins's feed

Posted on: Jun 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Under the Bush tax plan, by 2015, those making between $80,000 and $400,000 will be paying as much as 14 percent <i>more</i> of their incomes than those who are hyper-rich.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Government is fast becoming a transactional institution as money becomes more and more influential in politics.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Texas Legislature gives itself a huge retirement pension and, the next day, cuts retirement benefits for teachers. Welcome to a Republican-ruled state.

Posted on: May 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Bush decided to wage an entirely elective war against a country that presented little or no threat to us -- and according to the Downing Street memo, he damn well knew it, too.

Posted on: May 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I often complain about the excess of irony in our national life, but this week, if you're not begoshed by the irony surplus, you haven't been paying attention.

Posted on: May 24, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Here in Texas, the Can't-Shake-Your-Booty bill passed the House, saving us all from the scourge of sexy cheerleaders. But nothing else is getting done.

Posted on: May 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The story about Americans abusing the Koran in order to enrage prisoners has been out there for quite some time.

Posted on: May 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I thought it was time we moved past the now unhelpful, "How did we get into this mess?" However, I cannot let this astounding Downing Street memo go unmentioned.

Posted on: May 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In another interesting development from President Bush's news conference, if you make more than $20,000 a year, you are wealthy.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The unholy combination of theocracy and plutocracy that now rules this country is, in fact, enabled by dumb liberals.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

It's a joke that the right wing claims it is against "judicial activists." What they want are judicial activists who agree with them.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Keeping the furor going over this crank Bolton is the best thing that's happened to the Democrats politically since Tom DeLay.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Tom DeLay, of all people, recently issued a fatwa on the need for good manners, a concept so bizarre there is no appropriate comparison.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

As more and more rich people cheat on their taxes, the IRS is increasingly unable to go after them because it is so poorly funded. For all this, we can thank the Republican Party.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Bushies are now making an effort to track terrorist money, but not without ruffling the feathers of Republican donors. What's a poor party to do?

Posted on: Apr 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Some days, it's hard to pick the outrage du jour, but hypocrisy is always an inviting target, and the United Nations oil-for-food scandal provides a two-fer.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In the long history of monumentally bad ideas, the Cheney energy policy is a standout for reasons of both omission and commission. Dumb, dumber and dumbest.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Those who think letting someone who is critically brain dead die is the same as Auschwitz are incapable of making moral distinctions.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Real Texas politicians are neither hypocritical nor sanctimonious. A pol does what he must, but no pol of the Old School, when DeLay served in the Lege, would add self-righteousness to shady dealing.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

John Bolton is known for being arrogant, humorless, self-righteous and confrontational, and he hates the United Nations. In other words, the perfect diplomat.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In the magical upside-down world of right-wing blogs, it is now an accepted article of faith that Sen. Robert Byrd compared George W. Bush to Hitler last week.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If you think health insurance can keep you out of financial trouble if you get sick -- surprise! Three-fourths of those who filed for bankruptcy because of medical costs had health insurance.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Yes, our old friends from the Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth" are back again. These same friendly folk are now attacking the AARP, a group largely known for advocating afternoon naps for the elderly.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In Texas, among the nasty horrors awaiting us is H.B. 1212, mandating parental consent for the performance of an abortion.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I bring your attention to two tax cuts that should be repealed right now for the sound reason that they are perfectly nuts.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet

What's really sad about the budget is that all this damage is being done to real, living children &#8211; to save what is, in Washington terms, pennies.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

There is no "flood of frivolous lawsuits" &#8211; in fact, tort claims are declining and only 2 percent of injured people ever sue for compensation to begin with.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If you aren't smart enough to figure out what's wrong with President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security, then you won't be able to run one of the accounts-formerly-known-as-private, either.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The dissonance between the noble ideals expressed and the nasty actions carried out is too raw for me.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

When there's a ray of light breaking through in a dark sky, I'd much rather concentrate on the ray than the black clouds. But mitigating my optimism is the fact that I've been around for a long time.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Republicans in Congress, the president, the administration and all its media supporters, now insist on referring to the partial privatization plan as "setting up personal accounts." This is the new political correctness.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A substantial nit to pick with President Bush's second Inaugural Address and some questions about his theme.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Jonathan L. Snare has been named to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). No, he's not an expert in health or safety, but he used to be the lobbyist for Metabolife.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

I have always aspired to wit and rarely achieve it &#8211; I'm one of those people who always thinks of the right thing to say 20 minutes after the opportunity has passed. Well, sometimes, hours after, days even.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

One good reason not to believe Social Security is heading for an iceberg: the Bush administration's record on veracity. The last time the Bushies whipped up a great crisis was over the WMDs in Iraq.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

From the Iraqi elections to Social Security, the Bush administration fudges, distorts and plays a phony statistics game.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

While health care and global warming are serious problems, Social Security isn't. We are, however, about to be swamped by an election-style campaign to convince us it is.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Save your indignation, we've got a lot of 2005 left.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Holiday cheers to everyone from the Americans in Iraq, the Iraqis, and the people who had to eat bugs on reality shows this year.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Since the season should require us to do at least some thinking about the killing being done in our name, let's do a reality check.