Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

“One-Hundred and Counting!”

This is my 100th article published on Huffington Post.

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It hasn’t been 100 days, or 100 years, or even 100 victories.

But each one has been a victory even though it’s not tied to seasons, or sobriety, or jail time. It’s not historical or record breaking, but each is painstakenly researched, often prescient, generally significant, and usually relevant.

What, then, is it?

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“UnFocused Groups”

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After each debate, focus groups created more questions than answers!

Television has gravitated to the use of focus groups — gatherings of undecided or uncommitted voters — as a tool to evaluate the candidates’ performance in the debates.

With a straight face the sober moderator asks them who they think won the debate, who they’ll vote for, and other questions about the performance of each candidate then, asks follow up questions to clarify their answers.

How valuable are these focus groups?

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“Emasculating the Debates”

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Millions were focused on the Vice Presidential Debate.

The first two debates were emasculating, first to Obama in the Presidential debate, then for Ryan in last week’s Vice Presidential encounter.

The importance of this second, usually benign exercise, was heightened by the lackluster performance of President Obama in the first debate — a night I’m sure he wishes he could do over.

The contrast between the first two debates was obvious and so was the spin. But, for reasonable people, Vice President Biden was effective at pointing out the deficiencies of not only his opponent, but the Romney/Ryan ticket — something the President failed to accomplish in the previous battle.

Was there a winner in Thursday’s debate?

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“Why We Can’t”

There’re many things we can’t do and as many reasons why we can’t.

The United States is struggling with issues that we were leaders in not so many years ago and we don’t know how to fix them, or how to regain our status.

We’re a country in disarray, floundering: economically, politically, educationally, medically, and scientifically. We’re also deficient in humanity, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

True, globalization has dramatically changed the way we deal with some aspects of our lives collectively and personally. But our problems can only partially be blamed on globalization.

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“Which War Is Next?”

Romney promises to unleash the wrath of the U.S. on Iran!

At a recent campaign stop, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Conference in Reno, Nevada, Romney told an enthusiastic crowd that he would wield America’s $760 billion military might around the world, including a military solution in Iran.

This drew elevated applause from the ex-military audience, long separated from the ravages of war. The perfect gathering for a draft-dodging, war-mongering, right-wingnut like Romney?

Another war? Are you serious?

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“Unemployment Down In All States”

Year-over-year change in unemployment impressive.

In the month of May unemployment remained unchanged at 8.2% but there is some great news in the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May.

Only three states, Nevada, California, and Rhode Island are still in double digits in the unemployment rate compared with nine states just one year ago.  And thirty-four of the states are now under the national average.

Good news, right?

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“What If He Wasn’t Black?”

Are Americans’ opinion of the President influenced by race?

It’s a question that must be broached when assessing the job President Barack Obama has done and whether he’s deserving of another four year term.

When the people elected Obama they were hungry for change, tired of partisan politics, aware of failing banks and a financial crisis driving us into recession, weary of endless wars in the middle-east, and losing jobs at the highest rate in over 70 years.

Barack Obama, unlike John McCain, represented hope and change; a chance to restore America to its past glory.

So, how has he done?

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“No Longer Supreme!”

This article on the Supreme Court has been posted to The Huffington Post.

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Respect for the judicial black robe is eroding!

Recent decisions by the Supreme Court have brought the integrity of this court under scrutiny.

From Bush v. Gore, to eminent domain, to Citizens United, to body searches, to ethics problems, a greater number of the nation’s highest court’s rulings defy common sense and judicial principles.

And it could get even worse!

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“Bringing the Money Back Home”

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The Repatriation Bill in Congress falls way short!

Corporations have been crying for big tax breaks to bring their profits from other countries home. They are currently sitting on over two trillion dollars in domestic profits hoarded over the last few years.

Senators’, Kay Hagan, of North Carolina and, John McCain, of Arizona have introduced a new bill, The Foreign Earnings Repatriation Act, to allow multi-national corporations to bring over a trillion dollars in foreign profit back to the United States at a favorable tax rate. Too favorable!

The tax rate in the bill falls way short of what’s fair.

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“How To Make Government Smaller!”

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Let’s get Big Brother off our backs and out of our bedrooms!

The Republican mantra of smaller government may play well in Peoria but not in places where concerned and observant people gather.

Since I can remember, Republicans have been screaming about shrinking government — making it small enough to drown in the bathtub. It’s a good talking point and seems to get their followers frothing at the mouth. But saying you want to do something does not make it so. And Republicans reducing government? Sheer fantasy!

Reality is something quite the opposite.

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