No Dignity, No Pride

  The abject surrender of Trump’s former opponents in the Republican Party makes me cringe. How can Mitt Romney shake the hand of a man he called “a fraud,” “a con man,” a phony” and “a danger to democracy”? Why would Romney want to work for someone like Trump? How can he find common ground […]
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Vote Libertarian, Mitt!

  I never thought much of Mitt Romney’s intelligence, so it shouldn’t surprise me that he’s rummaging through the Republican primary castoffs to find a “third-party candidate” to foil Donald Trump. But even Mitt should be smarter than that. The obvious choice in this election for people like Mitt, who can’t stand Trump but would never […]
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What’s “Religion,” Anyway?

  Here we go again. Was Ben Carson a bigot to say he would not want a Muslim President? Muslim-Americans are calling on him to drop out of the 2016 presidential race, and I can understand how they feel. But this is just another round in an age-old debate. I am old enough to remember […]
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Champions of the Poor?

  I’m puzzled by the Republicans’ new-found concern for America’s poor.  Surprisingly, that’s the common theme in the flurry of GOP responses to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Are we supposed to accept the latest iteration as the real Mitt Romney – the caring billionaire who would work to reduce America’s scandalous income […]
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Social Security Under Attack

Ever since FDR introduced Social Security more than 80 years ago (photo above), Republicans have fought savagely to repeal it. Now, with a majority in the Senate as well as the House, they are finally poised to cause some serious damage to the program. The new chairman of the House Budget Committee, Georgia Republican Tom Price, revealed his party’s […]
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Stickin’ it to the Workin’ Stiff

Mitt Romney told them they were moochers, so America’s working class should not be surprised when Republicans stick it to them. They should’ve known what they were voting for when they put rich, white folks in charge of Congress. I don’t know why 61 percent of white working-class voters — meaning those  with no  college degree and […]
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Givers and Takers

  The way the Republicans frame it, Americans basically belong in two groups – givers and takers. I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous Mitt Romney speech about the 47 percent who sponge off the rest of the nation to survive. It’s a theme that keeps popping up in Republican policies. In the classic Republican […]
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What Family Values?

  When it comes to family values, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (above with wife Maureen) used to be among the true believers – at least on paper. In his 1989 master’s thesis – “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade” – McDonnell earnestly defended the sanctity of marriage […]
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Mother Nature’s Wrath

  It’s early May and the high temperature in Lakeland, Florida today will be 90 degrees. The weather has been like that for weeks. Summer is early this year. In California, I understand, there is a record drought. In the Midwest, this past winter has been a nightmare. What does it take to convince the […]
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Looking on the Bright Side

One of my dad’s favorite poems began with the assertion: It’s easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song but the man worth while is the one who can smile when everything goes dead wrong. Oddly, it was written by an American poet, and my father wasn’t a fan of American literature. […]
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