What Republicans Stand for

  In case you were wondering what Republicans want for America, the budget passed by the Senate overnight should enlighten you. It would slash health programs such as Medicaid, kick thousands of families off food stamps, cut back on education and pour hundreds of billions into military spending. And – of course – it would […]
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Merchants of Death

It seems America is always – and always will be – at war, and you might be wondering why. This morning. I came across an article that might answer your question. Surprisingly, it was not a political article. It was an investment column from the Motley Fool, written by Rich Smith. The message was a practical […]
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The Israeli Revelation

The landslide reelection of Benjamin Netanyahu reveals the way most Israelis feel about the USA. It is a discouraging revelation. For generations Americans have coddled Israel, lavishing money and arms on the beleaguered nation, and it seems the Israelis consider this their due. They must believe they can kick the American President’s shins with impunity, knowing they have […]
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Four Score Years and One

In just one week, I will be 81 years old if I make it, and I hope I will. My brother Bill (and his wife Faye), my sister Elizabeth (and her husband Wendell) and my daughter Grace (and her husband Frank) have promised to take me out for a fancy luncheon. I wouldn’t want to […]
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Fighting Corruption in Politics

  Here’s a true-or-false quiz for you: Politicians may not take money from the interests they write laws for. Shady contributions and coordination by Super PACs are against the law. Public servants may not become lobbyists for five years after they leave office. Lobbyists may not make massive contributions to political campaigns. Every political donation must […]
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Disloyal Senators Cross the Line

  In British Commonwealth countries like Jamaica and Canada, the party that isn’t in power at the moment is known as the “loyal opposition.” Obviously that term does not apply in America. The Republicans control Congress but not the White House, and as someone who was born in Jamaica and lived for a long time […]
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Kill Obamacare? Are You Kidding?

Oh the suspense! Oh the drama! Oh the dazzling cut and thrust of scholarly debate! Where would the media be without such great theater? Yes, I’m talking about the Obamacare case being pondered by the highest court in the US. But you won’t hear anyone on the bus talking about it. The man and woman “on the street” […]
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What a Poppy Show!

  We Jamaicans have a phrase that we use to ridicule silly ego displays. “What a poppy show,” we say. I can’t think of a more appropriate response to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech. The Israeli prime minister bared his inflated ego before the US Congress yesterday, and it was not a pretty sight. He was condescending […]
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Do You Know Who You Are?

  I just had a fascinating chat with a young lady named Joanni Davis Thomas (above,left). She told me things I didn’t know about my extended family. No, she wasn’t in Lakeland or anywhere in Florida. She wasn’t in Jamaica. She was in Panama. That’s right, Panama. My cousin Scott (Graham) (above right) suggested I “friend” her […]
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Life in the Twilight Zone

Sandra is convinced that I live in the Twilight Zone, and I don’t blame her. I have experiences that defy all accepted concepts of reality. Today, for example, I got trapped in the virtual world of my internet provider’s “customer service.” My head is still reeling from the experience. You will recall, if you read my blogs, that […]
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