The Threat of Wedge Issues

  If we really examine our hearts, I doubt that any of us likes abortion. It’s a sad subject, with delicate implications that vary from case to case. Obviously, there are logical arguments on both sides of the issue, and those who take the arguments to militant extremes are making mischief. This kind of disagreement should […]
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Shredding the Safety Net

  Bernie Sanders (and others) are sounding the alarm. They see the Republican tax “reform” as the first step in attacking the social safety net. Here’s how it works. First, Congress gives the rich and corporations a massive tax cut that sends the national deficit soaring into the trillions. Then they use the deficit as a pretext […]
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How Bad is it – Really?

Listening to the heated debate raging in this divided country, the rest of the world must think Americans are spoiled. It’s a debate that presents a distorted view of American society. Donald Trump, for example, talks about the “carnage” in American streets, calls us “losers” and rails against the media. To listen to him, you might […]
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You Want Revolution? Really?

  In any society, however benign, subversives exist, intent on overthrowing the government. They may label themselves Anarchists or Communists or some other political brand, but they really are just malcontents. They are not only disruptive but destructive. They want to tear down the existing institutions but have no realistic proposals to replace them. These activists […]
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No News is Bad News

  Why aren’t more TV talking heads debating the likelihood of a global economic meltdown? Of course, this is an election year and the media are preoccupied with the  cat fighting and backbiting of the campaigns. And I suspect another reason for the pundits’ silence is that doomsayers have been screaming that the sky is […]
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Who Will Speak for Us?

  Increasingly, America is becoming two separate societies. As the middle class collapses, a massive underclass is emerging, where people struggle to feed their families, working two or three jobs (if they’re lucky enough to find employment), with no time for entertainment and no money for frills, often finding life too crowded to leave time […]
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Done with Home Depot

  It may be totally unfair. After all, Home Depot is a public company, and its shareholders are not responsible for anything the company’s founder says. But I will never darken Home Depot’s doors again. I will give all my business to Lowe’s (and Ace, which is just up the street). It’s the only outlet […]
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Is the American Dream in Danger of Becoming a Nightmare?

In a bleak and often unjust world, America remains a beacon of hope despite the best efforts of those who would reduce this country to the level of a Third World plutocracy.  For, make no mistake, these people exist. And they are busy. Very busy. The billionaire activists who are attacking the American Dream have […]
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The Few, the Proud, the Rich

There’s no denying that if you give a hundred people a dollar each it won’t be as useful as giving one person a hundred dollars to work with. History teaches this lesson again and again. It’s the age-old rationalization for income inequality. To be effective capital must be concentrated. You can’t make the poor rich by making the rich poor. In […]
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On a Cold Day in Florida

The sun is shining but the temperature is only 39 degrees Fahrenheit – in Florida! Not the kind of weather to warm the heart of a Jamaican. My thoughts turn to fellow-Jamaicans in the northern states and Canada, where the snow is knee deep, the roads are slithery and the wind knifes through their layers […]
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