Sense and Nonsense

Why does it seem to me that America’s northern border is becoming a line between sense and nonsense? Why do Canadians seem increasingly practical and reasonable and Americans increasingly susceptible to whim and fantasy? Do you believe for a second that Donald Trump could get nominated for any public office in Canada? Can you imagine the Tea Party flourishing […]
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Rhetoric and Reality

  When you hear Bernie railing against Wall Street or Trump promising to revive America’s coal industry, you have to ask yourself what they could do if they actually became President. Bernie could possibly get Congress to impose a fee or tax on financial transactions, I suppose. And Trump could revoke some environmental protection regulations […]
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Trump’s Bad Buddies

  I am amused by the Democrats’ outrage over a remark Donald Trump made prior to the housing crisis  some years ago. They found a video of him saying he “hoped” the real estate bubble would burst so he could swoop in and buy up foreclosed homes at bargain prices. Oh the horror! Would you believe Trump […]
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A Time for Party Loyalty!

  The Green Party’s Jill Stein could pose a serious threat to Hillary Clinton this election. No, Ms. Stein won’t be elected President. Indeed, she won’t even get many votes. (Sorry Janice, the Green Party will always be a splinter group; its focus is too narrow.) But she could get enough support to sabotage Hillary’s chances against Donald Trump. Ms. Stein […]
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Trump’s Dark and Dank Past

  Finally, mainstream media outlets may be ready to give Donald Trump’s shady past the attention it deserves. Salon.com reproduced a Politico story this morning spotlighting his long and close connection to the Mafia. And I heard the story mentioned on MSNBC last night. This could be just the beginning. Trump’s dirty laundry could be in for a lot of […]
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As Wall Street Unravels

  As I understand it,a major difference between capitalism and socialism is that in capitalism private interests accumulate the large pools of money needed for social investment while in socialism it’s the government that does it (through taxes). But, either way, to be effective, large amounts of money have to be pooled. Small amounts of capital in a […]
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Change is an Elusive Goal

  I get calls from the Democratic Party asking me to become involved in this year’s campaign, and I always politely decline. I’m not as frisky as I was back in 2008 when Sandra and I went house to house trying to get out the vote for Barack Obama. There’s more to my lack of zeal than the legacy […]
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Aren’t You Tired of Trump?

  I switched off the news channels early last night and went to sleep. Usually, I can make it through Rachel on MSNBC, but last night I couldn’t get past Chris Hayes. And switching to CNN didn’t help. Both cable channels were obsessed with Donald Trump. Did he disrespect women who worked for him over […]
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You Want Revolution? Really?

  In any society, however benign, subversives exist, intent on overthrowing the government. They may label themselves Anarchists or Communists or some other political brand, but they really are just malcontents. They are not only disruptive but destructive. They want to tear down the existing institutions but have no realistic proposals to replace them. These activists […]
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Vote Libertarian, Mitt!

  I never thought much of Mitt Romney’s intelligence, so it shouldn’t surprise me that he’s rummaging through the Republican primary castoffs to find a “third-party candidate” to foil Donald Trump. But even Mitt should be smarter than that. The obvious choice in this election for people like Mitt, who can’t stand Trump but would never […]
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