Buying a Bigger Club

  As Russia infiltrates our online infrastructure and as China quietly buys up the Third World, America seeks to achieve invulnerability by creating a massive military force. That’s like a cave man shaping a bigger club to protect himself from nerve gas. These are complicated times, and a military budget nearing a trillion dollars won’t […]
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There’s No Free Lunch

  I saw an estimate in the trillions for “Medicare for All,” and it got me thinking about the humbug that passes for political discourse these days. I don’t care whether you’re a diehard conservative or a doctrinaire Socialist, you’ll probably agree there’s no free lunch. The government has to find money from somewhere to […]
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Oh, Those Scary Labels!

  Democratic Party bigwigs are reportedly cowering in fear because the base is turning to “Democratic Socialism.” I wish those old fossils would (as one of my readers might put it) get a grip. Yes, the Socialist label has been demonized in America. And. yes, some brands of Socialism have failed spectacularly all over the […]
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Finding the Right Bush

As a young reporter, I traveled across Canada with the late, great Tommy Douglas, and I can still remember how stirring his speeches were. His rhetoric was richly illustrated by anecdotes, and one of the stories he told  came to mind this morning as i pondered the mess America is in. The story, as I […]
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What Now in World Trade?

  Trump’s tariff war on America’s longtime trading partners leaves the global market in a state of flux. What do you think will happen now? There is retaliation of course, and there will probably be escalation. And…? Trump’s position seems to be that America is such a great consumer market that other countries must accept […]
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South China Sea Drama

  What is China up to now? Why risk armed conflict with America by militarizing the South China Sea? It seems surprisingly counter-productive. For decades the Chinese have stealthily bought up the globe. They have acquired  significant real estate assets in the US and Canada – even attempting to purchase entire communities. They have economically […]
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IBM Watson for President?

Reading the most recent comments by Billy and LogicFish, I got to thinking about the impact artificial intelligence might have on society, and wondering whether it could revolutionize the way we are governed. I suppose most people – if they think about it at all – think of AI as some aspect of IBM Watson, […]
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Walling off America

Trump is forging ahead with plans for a wall to keep out Mexicans, examining prototypes and seeking funds from Congress for the project. (I know, he promised Mexico would pay for the wall, but you know what his promises are worth.) He has also signed an executive order calling for the creation of “a contiguous, physical wall […]
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What Trump’s Faithful Hear

  As the Mueller probe digs up increasingly incriminating dirt on Trump and his minions, the right-wing media concoct ever-more fantastic fantasies to feed his faithful followers. Here’s a sample from an article my nephew Chris sent me this morning: This year could turn out to be the defining year for the United States. It […]
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Like a Bull in a China Shop

Steelworkers union President Leo Gerard was on TV recently praising Trump for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. He said it would punish China for cheating on trade agreements. Does the head of one of the world’s largest labor organizations not know most of America’s steel and aluminum imports iare from Canada – not China? China ranks 11th on […]
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