Republicans Suggested Forcing People to Buy Insurance

Perhaps the most controversial provision in America’s new health care legislation is the requirement to buy insurance or face a fine. It applies to anyone who does not have insurance through an employer, or through some other means – such as their parents’ policy or Medicare. I see it as a bureaucratic nightmare. Most people […]
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Health Bill Opponents Shame American Democracy

Infuriated by the inevitable passage of President Obama’s health care reform bill, House Republicans shouted insults across the chamber, encouraged outbursts from the galleries, brandished “Kill the bill” placards from the Speaker’s Balcony and encouraged supporters who shouted racial and homophobic epithets and even spit at Democratic representatives. Tea party protesters reportedly shouted the N-word […]
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The Puzzling Behavior of Some House Democrats

NOTE: Webmaster Xavier Murphy will be upgrading the Word Press Blog software this weekend. So this is the last blog for a few days. It’s hard to be a responsible voter in America. There are only two real political parties to choose from, and the party label apparently doesn’t mean much. In Jamaica, Britain or […]
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In Desperate Times, “River of Grass” Gets Critically Needed Help

These are desperate times in Florida. With the collapse of the housing market and the ensuing recession, state revenues are down – way down. Services are being cut, projects suspended or abandoned, teachers laid off. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear the South Florida Water Management District board voted unanimously for a $536 million […]
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Kucinich Flip-Flop Would be Easy to Understand

As I write this blog, Congressman Denis Kucinich is holding a press conference to announce how he will vote on President Obama’s health care reform bill. Yes, it’s no longer the House bill or the Senate bill. The President has taken ownership of it, and that makes all the difference. The word is that Kucinich, […]
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Soviet-bred Poison Spreads to the Rest of the World

Remember how we hailed the implosion of the Soviet Union two decades ago? How were we to know the poison from that eruption would infect the rest of the world? Today, the “Russian mob” has spread all over the globe. The Associated Press reports this morning that “at least 69” mob suspects have been arrested […]
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A Not So Elegant Form of Theft, as Far as I’m Concerned

My sister-in-law, Faye, called from London, Ontario, yesterday evening to remind me to watch Sixty Minutes on CBC. An author named Michael Lewis was being interviewed, and he was saying a lot of the things I’ve been yelling about over the past few months. He has written a book about the Wall Street robber barons […]
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The Wide, Wide World and Frightened, Myopic Americans

My neighbor across the street is haunted by unseen dangers that he reads about on the Internet. One of his fears is that an elite group of super-rich people is plotting to establish a one-world government, in which there will be two classes, masters and slaves, and in which people like him and me will […]
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“Trickle Down” Beliefs Die Hard in America

I used to say half-jokingly that there’s no political party in America to the left of any party in Canada. Now, I realize that I wasn’t kidding. I don’t think there’s any major political party in America to the left of any party in the civilized world. This is a country where the vast majority […]
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