From Tragedy to Farce

Of all the lurid allegations flooding the media,  the story about Garrison Keillor (photo) seems the most improbable to me. You may have caught Keillor on public radio.  His “Prairie Home Companion”  was aired every weekend for 40 years. It was the kind of show you could share with your kids – if they would  sit still […]
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“Dirty Tricks” Keep Coming

Political parties employ a wide range of tools that voters might not know about. They rely on partisan “think tanks” to provide a rationale for their policies… They employ psychologists to find words and phrases that resonate in our subconscious minds… They dig up dirt about their opponents and “leak” it to the media… And they […]
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Democracy under Siege

  You might believe Republicans in Congress would think twice before voting for their utterly cynical tax legislation. Polls show widespread disapproval of the bill. Calling it the tax cuts and jobs act, or something similar, fools nobody. The bill stinks. It punishes the poor and middle class and provides lavish benefits for the rich and corporations. It […]
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No Conservatives Today

Real conservatives are not necessarily bad people. They are not the blight progressives might think they are. Indeed, they can even be useful sometimes. Isn’t it a shame they’ve gone the way of the dodo bird? Real conservatives want to conserve. They value tradition. They quite reasonably ask if a system is working, why fix it? […]
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Thankful for the USA

  My daughter Grace and her husband Frank treated Sandra and me to Thanksgiving lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn yesterday. It was really pleasant dining and chatting with them, their sons Jonathan and Adam, and Frank’s sister Maria. Frank and Grace drove to Lakeland from Miami, and so did Adam, who picked up Jonathan […]
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Sex in the Workplace

  The reports of inappropriate workplace behavior flooding the media are not just sad.  They’re disheartening. As a man, I know it can sometimes be difficult to keep our minds on the task at hand when we’re distracted by an attractive coworker.  But it’s inconceivable that the attraction should lead to the behavior that’s being […]
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The “Welfare Queen” Myth

  You may have heard the story: In Chicago, the authorities found a woman who used 80 names, 30 addresses and 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year. It originated with […]
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The Real Bottom Line

  I just read a report that big-money donors are threatening to abandon the Democratic Party “if they go too far left.” As an example, a wealthy Democratic donor named Stephen Cloobeck said on TV recently: I’ve talked to Schumer. I’ve talked to Wyden. I’ve talked to Pelosi.  And I said if you use the […]
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Chastising us with Scorpions

  Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. That’s what the Biblical ruler Rehoboam promised the Israelites. And that’s what the Republicans who control America’s government plan to do to us. But they aren’t as honest […]
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The Oldest Dirty Trick

  It’s the oldest trick in the book. Even toddlers do it. When some tot calls another tot a bad name, the response is often, “You’re the (bad name)!” Or: I know you are but what am I? And the Republican Party shamelessly resorts to that strategy whenever their skullduggery is exposed. Of course they’re […]
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