Sneaky Goings-on Behind the Scenes. Hold on to Your Wallet

If I had my way, no legislation would be longer than five typewritten pages – double-spaced. Never would you see a bill like the 2,000-page health care monstrosity the U.S. House is now considering. Or that bulky Wall Street “reform” bill the Obama Administration is pushing. These mammoth bills often include provisions that call for […]
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Should We Expect Elected Officials to Feather Their Nests?

You hear it all the time: “Oh, they’re just a bunch of crooks.” That’s the opinion most people seem to have of elected officials. And considering the scandals you read about in “democracies” all over the world, you may be inclined to agree. From Afghanistan to Zaire, the beat goes on.  It seems that people […]
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Corporate Masterminds Should Heed the Wisdom of the Ages

Back in the days when people still prized common sense, there was a saying that went something like this: For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. […]
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Fool Me Once Shame on You, But Fool Me Over and Over?

According to an old saying (I read on the web that it originated in ancient China), “fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.” But what about “fool me over and over and over”? How shameful is that? And that’s what Joe Lieberman has done to the Democratic Party. I don’t […]
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Rays of Sunshine Peep Through the Clouds of Doubt

You may have been feeling let down recently. Americans put a bright young fellow in the White House expecting a change from the wretched politics and policies of the past eight years, and what did they get? Words – lots and lots of words. As far as deeds are concerned, the more things changed the […]
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“Free Market” Leaves Detroit to Rot While Flint Fixes Its Problems

This is a tale of two cities, but while it is the worst of times in many communities, nowhere in America is it the best of times (unless you are a financial shark). In one city, Detroit, the urban landscape is deserted, and foreclosed houses line the streets as far as the eye can see. […]
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Organized Crime Using Laptops Instead of Machine Guns

Back in the days of Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone and other “Godfather” types, gangsters used to hold up banks. Now they probably own the banks – at least shares in some of them. With the vast profits organized crime has raked in over the years from drugs, prostitution, robbery, extortion and other lucrative endeavors, mobsters […]
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Whatever Fox News May Be, It Is Not a News Channel

I have spent more than half a century trying to report and edit “the news,” so I should be able to recognize news media by now. And I can tell you that the Fox cable channel is not a legitimate member of the news media. I won’t go into the kind of analysis that Rachel […]
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Endless Health Care Debate is Making Me Sick

If I never hear the words “health care” again it will be OK with me. It’s getting to the point where I would rather curl up and die than endure this endless “debate.” What’s to debate, anyway? People who supposedly live in a civilized society should have health care as a matter of course. That’s […]
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Like it or Not, “Socialism” is the Only Path Left – Even for America

After being laid up for a month with severe bursitis, I ventured on the golf course yesterday. As I wandered along taking gentle pokes at the ball (to protect the nerves in my lower back), I found myself stymied by one of those foursomes that keep hitting the ball sideways. There was a single ahead […]
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