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False Promises

Americans have become increasingly cynical of politics and politicians. Contrary to the popular view, I think most politicians actually make a good faith effort to deliver on their campaign promises once they are elected. The problem is that as candidates,...

Borders

From the time I first got involved in politics as a young man, my Republican friends always wanted me to play a game that might be called Churchill and Chamberlain. Anytime the topic of discussion shifted to something involving...

Leaving Afghanistan

Brits Annihilated On January 13, 1842, a lone rider approached the British garrison outside Jalalabad. As he grew nearer it became apparent that both rider and horse were seriously wounded. Several days later, it became clear that the...
by Bruce Meredith editors note: Speaker Tom Foley used to tell incoming freshmen members of the House, "If you look up at that lighted dome in the evening on your way home from work and it doesn't make you a...
More than a hundred years ago, Sigmund Freud first described a personality trait he called narcissism. Freud said it was a dominant trait of a childhood personality but for most individuals it recedes as they mature to become adults....
Memorial Day: Remembering My Father as a Soldier  Just a year ago, my sister and I and our spouses were able to retrace the steps of our father as he fought his way across France as a member of the...

Unequal Growth

Even before the Corona Pandemic, the Trump Administration promise of restoring the industrial heart land had fallen flat. He did not “turn it around fast” as he had promised. He did not turn it around at all. Despite strong...
Nearly a month after the Corona virus was first identified and two weeks after the first case was discovered in the United States, President Trump asked Congress to cut the budget for the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious...
As anyone who has watched the Trump Administration in action over the past three years might have predicted, the administration’s ability to adequately respond to the challenges of the rapidly spreading corona virus has been abominable....
More than 40 years ago, Kenny Rogers’ released a hit single with the chorus line, “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille.”  Some Democrats may be feeling that way about the party they’ve supported most or all...

Voter Beware

A recent survey of the most hated professions found that although politicians were slightly more popular than debt collectors and telemarketers, they were held in lower regard than virtually every other profession including car salesmen and the issuers of...

Avoid the Wall for $200

Those without Visas can take to the Friendly Skies Mexican citizens interested in entering the U.S. illegally should be cautious in the approach they use. Investing in equipment needed to either burrow under or climb over the proposed 30 foot...
If federal workers didn’t have enough to worry about right now, there is a serious threat to their future beyond the current government shutdown that has received little or no press attention. That threat is the disastrous precedent that...
When your pilot tells you that your flight has been cleared for landing, you may or may not want to remember that the air traffic controller who is being paid to insure you don’t collide with other aircraft is...
For the first 191 years of the Republic there were no government shutdowns. In the spring of 1980, however, Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti issued an opinion pointing out an inconvenient fact. Failure to shut down government operations during periods...

Toxic Sugar

A Relatively Tiny Industry is Seriously Threatening Florida’s Prosperity Some people claim that Florida’s sugar industry is a big deal. It does account for more than half of the entire nation’s cane sugar production, generate more than $500 million in annual receipts...
The Congressional Budget Office has released an analysis of the new House Republican tax plan which indicates that the deficit will increase by $1.7 trillion over the next decade. Obviously, that is not a good thing but how big...
This Article was originally publish in the Fiscal Times on November 8, 2017 In 1985 President Reagan called for sweeping tax reform, arguing that the existing tax system treated people with “similar incomes, much differently.” The bill he eventually signed eliminated...
This Article was originally published in The Fiscal Times on August 30th 2017 Just over a year ago, while speaking the Detroit Economic Club, Donald Trump decried “the weakest so-called recovery since the Great Depression.” Cataloging the problems facing Michigan and the...
President Trump still has solid support from about a quarter of the electorate and more tenuous support from another 10 to 15 percent. On the other hand, a very solid majority oppose his policies and believe he is performing...

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