Unmasking Tax “Reform”

The tax plan being touted by Republicans isn’t my idea of reform. It’s a shameless giveaway to the richest Americans at the expense of the poor. There’s a lot to reform in the existing tax code. All those corporate deductions, for example. Wealthy companies pay little or no taxes after their accountants apply all the […]
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Exploit Usain? Think Again!

  Donald Trump obviously thinks he can use anyone to back up his nonsensical fight with the NFL players – even Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. The US president is railing against American football players who protest police brutality by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. It might seem to you that the First Amendment protects […]
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Attack from an ID Thief

Someone has stolen Sandra’s identity and is trying to run up bills in her name. We were tipped off when the Post Office asked her to validate her change-of-address request and she received a Visa card she hadn’t applied for. Obviously, the ID thief had applied for the credit card then submitted the change-of-address to get […]
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Trivializing a Deadly Impasse

  With the spread of social media, the shallowest and silliest aspects of human nature are on widespread display. And the mainstream media are exploiting the silliness. So when Trump calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” and Kim responds by dubbing Trump a “dotard,” the press has a field day. When Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North […]
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The Killing of Obamacare

As the Republicans in Congress launch yet another attack on Obamacare, I wonder what they think they would achieve. Why deliberately deprive millions of their health care? Why sabotage Medicaid? What do they think they would gain from inflicting such widespread suffering? The latest proposal would let the states control health insurance, and this would be […]
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The Health Care Puzzle

  I don’t suppose Bernie’s bill to make Medicare available to Americans of all ages will become law. Not as long as Republicans control Congress, anyway. But it would be a great boon to this society. The main stumbling block is opposition from health insurance companies. Understandably, they don’t want to lose their multibillion-dollar market. If I […]
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Thanks for Your Prayers

  When Sandra and I and our four indoor cats came home from the shelter, we could not even turn into our driveway. It was choked with fallen branches. I had feared something like this. As we neared home, the detours became more frequent with fallen trees blocking the road.  Passing a mobile home park, I saw twisted aluminum […]
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Blaming “the Deep State”

  Why are there so many headlines about disarray in the Trump White House? Why is the Russian hacking scandal causing so much outrage in the media? Why is Hurricane Irma creating such widespred panic? If you read the conservative press or tune in to right-wing broadcasters, you know. It’s all the Deep State’s fault. I […]
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Waiting for Irma

  Not a leaf stirs, and the rain that drenched us for weeks has hit the pause button. Is this the calm before the storm? At the supermarket yesterday, bottled water, canned goods, flashlight batteries and other emergency provisions were vanishing from the shelves as shoppers prepared for the worst. Irma is still days away but […]
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Why Words Matter

  It’s not only what we say that matters; it’s also how we say it. Some words are toxic, some are benign. Here’s an example. If someone says, “blessed are the peacemakers,” you’ll probably nod your head piously in agreement. But call the peacemakers “appeasers” and you’re likely to have a different reaction. Neville Chamberlain will forever […]
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