Dealing with Oil’s Collapse

  At a meeting in Qatar earlier this month, global oil producers made a desperate effort to set production limits that would halt plummeting prices – and failed. I hear you cheering. You’re yelling: Cheap gas! But not so fast. Cheap oil is giving consumers a temporary windfall, but will inevitably doom a global economy based […]
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Noise from an Empty Barrel

The people who tell me they’re voting for Donald Trump always say it’s because he’s a successful businessman, not a politician. But why would they want a businessman who knows nothing about politics – especially global politics – to run the country? Trump showed how little he knows last night in his foreign policy speech. […]
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Trump’s Silly Suggestion

Of course Donald Trump wants Bernie Sanders to run a third-party campaign. It would split the Democratic vote and put a Republican – Trump thinks it will be him – in the White House. But, ironically, it could be Trump who runs as a third-party candidate in November. Bernie got into the presidential race to raise the […]
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Made for Each Other

  The media are reporting that Ted Cruz is eyeing Carly Fiorina as his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination. And I am horrified by the possibility of witnessing such a union. To me, Cruz and Fiorina define the word “ugly.” Not just politically but spiritually and emotionally. I don’t know them personally, of course. But from […]
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End of Two-Party Politics?

As the stop-Trump movement grows on the right and the stop-Hillary movement grows on the left, I have to wonder what on earth is going on? I suspect sabotage. It’s clearly in the interests of the Democrats to see the Republicans fighting among themselves – and vice versa. So I wouldn’t be surprised to find […]
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My Choice Was Eleanor but…

  I would have voted for Eleanor Roosevelt to replace President Andrew Jackson on the face of the American twenty-dollar bill. But Harriet Tubman is a pretty good choice. Eleanor is one of my heroes. Not only because she cajoled the UN into adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also because of her lifelong concern […]
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US Needs China as an Ally

  While American politicians rail against China, accusing the Chinese of “stealing” American jobs, they should be aware that America depends on China to help ensure global stability. They must know that it isn’t China that “stole” America’s manufacturing industry, it was the American corporations that chose to relocate their factories in countries with much lower wages, oppressive working […]
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Hillary’s Bad Press

If it proves nothing else, this campaign season is demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that the power of the media has been wildly overestimated. While the press relentlessly smears Hillary, for example, most Democrats remain staunchly loyal to her. More than a million of them voted for her in the New York primary yesterday. She […]
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The “Welfare Queen” Legend

  My Republican acquaintances complain about the government taking their hard earned money to give to lazy layabouts. And they like to trot out the myth of the “welfare queen” who gets rich by having numerous babies. You probably won’t see this nonsense debunked in the mainstream media. News outlets have discovered that they won’t build audiences […]
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The Kasich Fantasy

First, I was shocked to find out that there are Republicans in New York. Who are these people, I wonder. Do they live in some exclusive Park Avenue penthouse, insulated from reality by a staff of illegal-immigrant servants? Do they get about in chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce limousines? Next, I was shocked to find out that […]
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