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The Lack of Civility

Thinking back over the past year, and on the events in Tuscon, AZ this weekend, I found myself reflecting back over some things I wrote this summer. We don’t yet know the motives of the deranged mind of Jared Loughner … Continue reading

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The Big Lie About Jobs and Taxes

The question of whether to extend the Bush tax cuts seems hopelessly mired in misinformation. The bickering in Washington on the economy seems almost exclusively focused on the top marginal tax rates — the rate paid by the wealthiest taxpayers … Continue reading

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The Republican Pledge to Repeal and Replace Obama Care

The Tea Party movement emerged during the summer of 2009 as opposition to the Obama administration’s health care reform became the primary focus of angry town hall meetings and protests around the country. As a Federal employee, I felt strongly … Continue reading

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The Republican Pledge: A Plan to Wreck Government

If you look carefully at The Republican Pledge, what you see is the culmination of a decades long effort by anti-government conservatives to undermine American self-government. The ideological posture of these folks has been since the 1960s that government is … Continue reading

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The Republican Pledge: A Plan To Create Jobs?

The Republican Party this week issued its Pledge To America. The sub-title suggests that it is somehow a new governing agenda built on the priorities, principles, and values of our nation. It is neither new, nor founded on anything like … Continue reading

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The Difficult Problem of the Unemployed

Unemployment in the US stood at 9.6 percent last month. That was considerably higher than expected when the fledgling Obama administration economic team projected in January 2009 that unemployment would go no higher than 8 percent. The number of underemployed … Continue reading

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Honoring the American Worker

Summer’s end is traditionally marked by the arrival of Labor Day. This year, those of us who work for a living in the United States of America are increasingly uneasy about the direction of our country. For good reason. Over … Continue reading

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Is the Democrats 2008 Hangover Finally Over?

The congressional elections of 2006 brought notional Democratic Party control of Congress. Election Day 2008 brought the Democrats the White House, firm control of the House of Representatives, and a strong but not filibuster proof majority in the United States … Continue reading

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Electoral Nullification in 2010

In my March 13, 2010 blog post, I wrote about Republican attempts to nullify the results of the 2006 and 2008 elections through the use of the filibuster and stalling tactics in congressional committees. I suggested an analogy between the … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Petroleum Economy

As a matter of principle and practice, I believe in Win-Win solutions whenever possible, and that life presents us with a virtually unlimited number of opportunities to break out of “zero-sum” assumptions to create abundance. In fact, this is the … Continue reading

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