Experience Counts
May05

Experience Counts

In politics, as in every other field, experience counts, and in fact may be the most important quality a candidate for an important post possesses. This is even more true for the presidency than any other position. Certainly, there are some things one can learn on the job, but a certain level of sophistication and experience are necessary in a president for his or her administration to be successful. Wisdom only comes with age, and a...

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Regulating Multi-national Corporations
Apr28

Regulating Multi-national Corporations

The word multi-national makes regulation of corporations and financial institutions along with equitable taxation extremely difficult. Though most of a corporation’s business may be in a particular country or countries and most of its manufacturing or investments may take place in another nation, the company may locate its headquarters and primary habitat in a completely different nation that has nothing to do with these or with its...

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Isn’t It Time?
Apr15

Isn’t It Time?

Republican candidates for president in 2016 are coming out of the woodwork and Hillary’s announcement that she is running makes it unlikely that any additional Democrats will pop up as candidates in the near future. From the look of things, America is going to be stuck with either an ultra-conservative approved by the Republican base, or Hillary. Isn’t it time for the nation to be given additional choices. Aren’t there other people...

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The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations
Apr07

The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations

Advanced industrialized societies are slowly dying because of low fertility rates. The rates reflect the perceptions of women in these societies of how their lifestyles will be affected by having children. Fertility rates drop temporarily in times of economic hardships, wars or famines, but the current decreases in the industrialized nations have been consistent. At present, essentially no advanced society has women bearing children...

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Who Gets Credit?
Mar31

Who Gets Credit?

The Republicans have been howling since Obama was elected that his policies would prevent the economy from improving. They also railed against the Federal Reserve’s strategies, saying they would surely cause considerable inflation and do nothing to help the economy recover. Austerity was needed, the Republicans advised. America needed to cut its budget deficits and pay down the national debt or the economy would remain in the tank or...

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Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground
Feb24

Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground

In March of 1988, the cover and an essay in The New Republic depicted selfish “greedy geezers” draining America of resources that might be utilized in a more constructive fashion to provide growth and economic development. Funding of the entitlement programs Medicare and Social Security were leaving less money available to be spent on education and preschool activities, and the maintenance and expansion of the nation’s infrastructure....

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Reversing Plutocracy
Feb11

Reversing Plutocracy

Can it be done? Can American citizens roll back the actions of Congress and a conservative activist Supreme Court that are working to transform a flawed democracy into a plutocratic state? Currently, the situation looks grim with political changes already occurring on federal, state and local levels. Money has always played a role in politics, with corporations, unions, and wealthy people contributing funds to candidates for office....

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Cutting Off Your Nose- Congress At Work
Jan13

Cutting Off Your Nose- Congress At Work

The recent budget bill contained a number of items that were unrelated to the budget and helped special interests. Two received the most publicity. The first was the provision that provided large banks with continued protection from the federal government (and thus taxpayers) for derivatives trading. This practice was a factor in initiating the last recession and was supposed to be eliminated by the Dodd-Frank bill. But Wall Street...

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Goals Of The New Republican Congress: Repeal Obamacare Despite Success In Lowering Uninsured, Declare War On Math, Promote Pseudoscience To Restrict Abortion
Jan08

Goals Of The New Republican Congress: Repeal Obamacare Despite Success In Lowering Uninsured, Declare War On Math, Promote Pseudoscience To Restrict Abortion

While Republicans are probably on the verge of voting yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and will continue to make false claims that it has been a failure, Gallup shows once again how successful the law has been. The uninsured rate has fallen to 12.9 percent, down from 17.1 percent a year ago. The open enrollment period for 2015 remains open making it likely that the uninsured will fall further, especially if there is a last...

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Here They Go Again!!
Dec17

Here They Go Again!!

The political yahoos finally left for home. But before they did, the House and Senate passed a “compromise” spending bill last week. That had the pundits talking about how Washington was finally working again and that legislation that would not cause a presidential veto in the next session might be possible. But look what these scummy politicians inserted into the spending bill that had nothing to do with the running of the government...

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Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican
Oct23

Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican

There’s nothing really new here, but it will be interesting to see conservative response to Bruce Bartlett’s article in The American Conservative entitled, Obama Is A Republican. The article is a rehash of how Obama’s record is actually quite conservative, clashing with the conservative myth that he is a socialist. He started with mentioning other Republicans who supported Obama’s election, and next discussed...

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Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations
Sep30

Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations

All nations require revenue in order to buy armaments and pay for defense, maintain and expand their infrastructure, keep the health care system and social security intact, support the justice system, pay employees, and so forth. A dilemma in democratic states is how to raise these revenues in a fair and equitable fashion, though no matter what is ultimately decided by the governments, there are always individuals and groups who are...

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President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation
Sep18

President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation

Shortly after the U.S. Senate easily approved (78-22) a $1 trillion government-funding bill that gives President Obama new authority to battle ISIL — legislation that had been previously approved by the House in a 273-156 vote — President Obama spoke to the nation commending Congress for approving his plan to arm and train rebels in Syria to battle ISIL militants. The President emphasized once again that there will not be...

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Paul Ryan, Party Above Everything
Aug24

Paul Ryan, Party Above Everything

Paul Ryan appeared on Face the Nation this morning and among other things said that even though he disagreed with the GOP strategy he said nothing for the sake of party unity. Here is his justification. “I don’t think it was constructive for conservatives to be carping at each other. At the same time, the purpose of that passage is to try and unify our party. I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is criticize and...

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This is Not the Jobs Program You’re Looking For
Aug23

This is Not the Jobs Program You’re Looking For

Or at least it isn’t the one you should be looking for if you want something with waste approaching a rationally low level of waste. After all, no project undertaken by humans will be perfect. But using massive “defense” projects as job projects is more wasteful than usual. But there’s wasteful and then there’s two of the most disgraceful excuses for defense programs in existence that have, so far as I...

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Changing the Focus of the Political Debate
Jul17

Changing the Focus of the Political Debate

Few would disagree with the observation that Washington is dysfunctional. Much necessary legislation fails to be enacted and many federal agencies’ performance is below par. One of the main reasons is that the Republicans and Democrats have different perceptions about the size and role of government. The Republicans want a much smaller Federal government and are unwilling to raise taxes or increase revenues if that will lead to...

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Between Russian and the West: Ukraine’s Insurmountable Task (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Mar20

Between Russian and the West: Ukraine’s Insurmountable Task (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Is there any hope whatsoever that Ukraine’s young government, born out of the fire of revolt against Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovitch, will survive the apparent loss of Crimea to Russia? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Jedrzej Bielecki paints an intimidating picture for interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who leads a nation deep in debt, comprised of squabbling factions, which has been left to face...

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Ukraine – Hagel and Dempsey:  ‘Pursuing Measures’
Mar05

Ukraine – Hagel and Dempsey: ‘Pursuing Measures’

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey appeared before the Senate House Armed Services Committee today to discuss the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for DOD, and Hagel mentioned the Ukraine situation. In his remarks Hagel said that, over the past few days, he and Dempsey have been in constant touch with their fellow ministers and chiefs of defense in NATO,...

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(Update) Cheney: How to Conflate National Security with Food Stamps
Feb27

(Update) Cheney: How to Conflate National Security with Food Stamps

Update: Mr. Cheney — instead of bringing up the food stamps canard — may want to talk to his Republican friends in the Senate to truly support the troops. The Hill: Senate Republicans stopped Democrats from advancing a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans. In a 56-41 vote Thursday, the motion to waive a budget point of order against the bill failed, as Democrats fell short of the 60...

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Our Indebted Nation
Feb25

Our Indebted Nation

For the last several years, the media and political parties have been focused on our budget deficits and the national debt and how they will negatively affect our nation years down the road. The vast majority of this debt has been accruing because of the entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. However, the decision to lower taxes during the Bush administration while we were conducting two wars, and the passage...

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