The Threat to Medicare

I don’t think I could survive without Medicare. As an 80-year-old diabetic with a heart condition, failing kidneys and various other ailments, it would be impossible for me to afford the medical care I need. And I am not alone. Far from it. To many – perhaps most – of us older Americans, Medicare is […]
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This is Democracy?

  Can democracy survive? Silly question, you say. Of course democracy will survive. It may have its faults but, as Winston Churchill is supposed to have said, “democ­racy is the worst form of gov­ern­ment, except for all the oth­ers.” That’s what we all learned in school, but is it still true? In centuries past, some […]
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Behind Closed Doors

  Do you wonder what those world leaders are talking about this week as they huddle in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit? I do. And we will never really know. The Chinese are experts when it comes to controlling the information they allow to become public. And if you think the American government […]
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Putting the World at Risk

  The biggest loser in last Tuesday’s election was the environment. You can bet the new Republican majority will jump at the chance to unleash Old King Coal upon America. I just received an email from the Union of Concerned Scientists sounding the alarm over this dangerous turn of events. The organization noted that: There […]
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Yes They Will!

Sandra doesn’t believe the Republicans would really repeal Obamacare. How could they, she asks rhetorically, with so many Americans already benefiting from it? But I’m sure the new Republican Congress will pass legislation to kill the health care law. They are committed to the repeal of Obamacare. The House voted for repeal more than 50 […]
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How Dumb Can America Get?

  Obviously, there is no such thing as a collective American intelligence, and obviously the 300 million-plus individuals in America have widely varying IQs, but you would be amazed to learn just how dumb some Americans are. Not residents of a home for special-needs individuals but “ordinary” people who have jobs and families and voter registration […]
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The Obama Deniers

  You knew they were going to get clobbered. And you probably felt in your heart of hearts that they deserved it. Those Obama deniers. They thought they could get elected by “distancing” themselves from the President. They were wrong. They’re the kind of Democrats who ruined his first term. The Democrats who dragged their […]
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“The South” Rises Again

White Americans closed ranks in the midterm elections and put Hope and Change on hold for at least two more years. All the talk about changing demographics turning states like Georgia and Mississippi “blue” turned out to be just talk after all. The much-ballyhooed Hispanic wave failed to wash away the legacy of generations. And it wasn’t because Hispanics did not […]
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Watch Cable News Tonight

Tonight is election night in America, and you should watch it on cable news, not on the networks. Cable will give the event its full attention, while those networks will be sure to miss half the good stuff. I can hear you grumbling. You’ve read or heard the predictions. You think you know how the […]
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Yes, Your Vote Matters

Reading today’s pre-election day stories, I get so discouraged that I wonder if I wasted my time voting. The polls predict a Republican sweep, and the pundits attribute it in large part to massive last-minute spending on attack ads by Republican supporters. Didn’t I know that money talks? Didn’t I know that people are susceptible to political […]
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