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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Moving to the Center

This could be the year America’s yawning political divide begins to close. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, voters have seen the far left and the far right, and – to many of them – both look too scary for comfort. The shift toward the political middle is evident all over the country. In […]
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America’s Sanity Test

  After watching both party conventions on TV, I am convinced that this election is a test of America’s sanity. The Republicans were frothing-at-the-mouth crazy, screaming for Hillary’s blood. The Democrats were emotionally appealing and intellectually compelling. Their convention was as warm and fuzzy as a Hallmark movie. But it was more than that. It was […]
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A Risky Bargain

  By choosing Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton drives away thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters but probably picks up some Republicans who cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. It is a risky bargain. Obviously, Hillary thinks most Americans will choose stability over radical change in November. And I am sure she has the […]
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Now it Has to be Warren

Wall Street has given Hillary no choice. Now, she has to pick Elizabeth Warren as her  running mate. By threatening to “cut her off,” if she selects Warren, Wall Street is forcing the Democratic flag bearer to show her true colors. Give in to Wall Street, and she would be telling America that Bernie was right, […]
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Delusions of Grandeur

  I suppose it could happen to you or me too, but it’s sad to see Bernie Sanders get so intoxicated by the cheers of the doting crowds. The 74-year-old also-ran seems to see himself as some kind of prophet called to transform America. He is on a crusade to remake the Democratic Party and […]
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Bernie Flames Out

  I wish I could say that Bernie Sanders fought the good fight. I wish I could remember him as a gracious loser. But my admiration for this champion of the underdog has been greatly diminished by the shabby way in which his candidacy is ending. He had the opportunity to stand tall, to congratulate […]
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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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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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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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