Do These Americans Know What They’re Wishing For?

Looked at one way, a lot of Americans are to be congratulated on their willingness to sacrifice their standard of living so that the rest of the world can live better. From what I see and hear on TV and the internet, they want the United States economy scaled back to earlier times when the […]
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The Fuzzy Logic of Pundits – and the President

President Obama is not a fool. He is a Harvard educated professor who usually sounds quite reasonable. But everyone has a blind spot. And his blind spot is bipartisanship. I sensed all along that there was something inherently wrong about the way the president insists on meeting “the other side” half way, but it took […]
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Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Ending “Free Trade”?

As dueling deficit reduction plans compete for victory in Congress, I am left wondering why the real source of the hemorrhage in America’s economy is being ignored. Surely, anyone can see that the root cause of the country’s problems is “free trade”? It’s the free traders who opened the door to let America’s jobs pour […]
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Dangerous Zealots Take the Lord’s Name in Vain

As Shakespeare noted in The Merchant of Venice, the Devil can cite Scripture to his purpose. And I think that’s the kind of sin that’s forbidden in the commandment against “taking the Lord’s name in vain.” I’m sure you were told growing up that you shouldn’t cry “Oh God!” or “Jesus!” when you hit your […]
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How Hidden Hands Pull the Strings in Washington

A few blogs back I peeked behind the curtains in Washington and found a puppeteer named Grover Norquist pulling the strings. He is the head of a lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the rich from taxation, and he has persuaded nearly every Republican member of Congress to sign a no-tax pledge. This pledge is one […]
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Where are the Protests? Where is the Outrage?

I shouldn’t be sitting here. I should be marching somewhere, carrying a placard, shouting rebukes at America’s feckless stewards.  But there are no protests to join. The population is diverted by the promise of football, by a singer’s overdose, by the tragedy in Norway … To rule the masses, give them bread and circuses, the […]
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Who Knows Where the Real Bogeyman is Hiding?

From my earliest childhood, I have been told to watch out for the bogeyman. He might be hiding under your bed or in the depths of your closet, or he might be waiting for you in the shadows if you venture outdoors on a moonlit night. Even today, I look over my shoulder when I […]
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Sometimes Good Things Happen to Nice People

Sitting in my den, pondering the impact of the looming debt ceiling stand-off, I am heartened by the victory of Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in the British Open golf tournament (yes, I know they call it The Open, but I find that pretentious and confusing). At 42, Clarke seemed no more than a quaint has-been […]
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Let’s Hope the President is Just Playing Games

Surely, President Obama can’t be serious when he proposes to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to get Republicans to allow an increase in the country’s debt. He must know that such a plan is unlikely to win approval in Congress, and that if it does, it would probably mean the end of […]
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The 2012 Elections: The Good, the Bad and the Bigoted

In my view, some of the people being considered for nomination as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 are not just misguided but actually evil. Michele Bachmann for example. The Minnesota congresswoman (pictured above with her husband) claims to be deeply religious and boasts of raising 23 foster children, but her religion is bigotry and […]
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