A Cowardly Congress

  Shame on you, Bob Corker (in picture, right)! Shame on you, Marco Rubio (in picture , left)!  Shame on you for deciding to vote for the tax bill, after all. And shame on all of you spineless Republicans in Congress for supporting this repulsive piece of legislation. The bill steals from working Americans to reward […]
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Is Mind Control Working?

  The Third World was supposed to learn from the developed nations. Patronizingly called “the White Man’s Burden,” it was considered the duty of “civilized” countries to show “primitive” cultures the path to fairness and decency, and all the other virtues credited with creation of advanced civilizations. But the times have changed. And the tables have turned. […]
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Here Comes the Boom

  With Mike Flynn spilling the beans, Trump’s days in the White House are numbered. Unless… It’s the “unless” that scares me. This is not a sane human being. This is Trump. And he is capable of anything, however unthinkable, to avert his exposure and disgrace. So how can he head off Robert Mueller’s damning […]
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From Tragedy to Farce

Of all the lurid allegations flooding the media,  the story about Garrison Keillor (photo) seems the most improbable to me. You may have caught Keillor on public radio.  His “Prairie Home Companion”  was aired every weekend for 40 years. It was the kind of show you could share with your kids – if they would  sit still […]
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Thankful for the USA

  My daughter Grace and her husband Frank treated Sandra and me to Thanksgiving lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn yesterday. It was really pleasant dining and chatting with them, their sons Jonathan and Adam, and Frank’s sister Maria. Frank and Grace drove to Lakeland from Miami, and so did Adam, who picked up Jonathan […]
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The “Welfare Queen” Myth

  You may have heard the story: In Chicago, the authorities found a woman who used 80 names, 30 addresses and 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year. It originated with […]
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The Real Bottom Line

  I just read a report that big-money donors are threatening to abandon the Democratic Party “if they go too far left.” As an example, a wealthy Democratic donor named Stephen Cloobeck said on TV recently: I’ve talked to Schumer. I’ve talked to Wyden. I’ve talked to Pelosi.  And I said if you use the […]
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An Encouraging Sign – But…

    Yesterday’s elections gave the Democrats cause for hope – but not for complacency. Results, especially in Virginia, were even better than the pundits predicted, and it looks as if a Blue Wave is building for 2018. But Democrats should beware. If they get too comfortable – as they have so many times in the past – they […]
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The Red Menace Evolves

  Back in the Sixties, we expected the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on North America at any moment. In Canada, where I was living then, some people even built bomb shelters in their basements and stocked them with canned goods, hoping to hide from the blast and wait out the radiation that would ensue. I understand […]
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As War Clouds Gather

  The TV pundits that I listen to seem obsessed with Trump’s tweets, the various probes into the Russian  hacking scandal, aborted release of documents that would shed light on JFK’s assassination and the  GOP’s internal bickering. They don’t seem to care that the world could end tomorrow. I am not referring to the Second Coming, […]
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