Obamacare Survives Despite a Convoluted System

Who can imagine what the Founding Fathers were thinking? My own guess is that they did not trust human nature, that they set up the American system of government to guard against our inherent frailty. But for whatever reason, they created a Rube Goldberg machine that only a president like Barack Obama could manipulate effectively enough to […]
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You Can’t Believe Anything You Hear These Days

I have to confess: I lied to my wife. I didn’t mean to, but a lie is a lie. All I can say in my defense is: it wasn’t my fault. But that’s what all of us men say, isn’t it? Here’s what happened. Sandra asked me what the fuss over “Fast and Furious” was about, and […]
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Privatizing the Post Office – Another Big Heist?

I can’t shake the suspicion that the Republican Party has been infiltrated by characters who plan to plunder the American treasury. I know it sounds preposterous. I know I should respect opinions that disagree with my closely held beliefs. And I recognize the right of conservatives to pursue their political goals, however much these goals […]
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Organized Crime & Wall Street – Made for Each Other

When you hear Mitt Romney and his fellow-Republicans calling for deregulation of Wall Street, do you wonder just who they want to deregulate? Surely, you don’t imagine that the financial industry is peopled entirely by distinguished gentlemen in pinstriped suits (and a few elegant ladies) who lead irreproachable lives? Surely you realize that anyone – […]
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Not Even the Mighty Thor Could Fix This Economy

As I remember it, the Norse god, Thor (above), was challenged to drain a cup that was secretly connected to the ocean. Of course he couldn’t do it. But Americans apparently expect their president to do something exasperatingly similar. On the 24-hour news channels, the pundits keep saying that the  November election will be a referendum on […]
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Why Won’t McCain Shut Up? Who Needs More War?

Didn’t we already vote on John McCain’s agenda? Didn’t we tell him to stick it? So why is he still trying to sell his Dr. Strangelove ideas? In case you haven’t noticed, the old warmonger is yapping at President Obama’s heels, nagging him about attacking Syria. Before that, he was yapping about bombing Iran. Meanwhile, the […]
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Co-ops Could be the Answer to “Vulture Capitalism”

I wonder if they still have the “partner” system in Jamaica. Remember? Everybody has times when they need a little extra cash – for school fees, for example. So throughout the island, people would get together – say a group at the office – and contribute a little something each paycheck. Then they would take […]
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Most Hispanics Will Vote for Obama. We Should too.

If you’re Hispanic, you would have to be crazy to support the Republican Party.  Especially now that the president has used his executive power to do the right thing by the children of illegal immigrants.  If only he could enact a regulation allowing illegal immigrants to vote. But illegal or not, immigrants or not, most […]
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Let’s Raise a Glass to Hunter Hamrick

Of course Tiger Woods is the big story of the U.S. Open. His life has been a modern-day Greek tragedy and if he wins this weekend it would be a real tear jerker. But I don’t need to sing his praises. Everybody else is doing that. The guy I want to spotlight is Hunter Hamrick. Who? […]
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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

I hope I’m wrong but it looks as if President Obama’s reelection campaign is being undermined by the Clinton camp. I am not just talking about Bill Clinton’s famous “gaffe,” where he seemed to oppose the president’s position on the Bush tax cuts.  And I’m not referring to his book, which came out last fall, […]
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