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If they can do it, why can’t we?

Why do so many Americans think that healthcare for all and free college are impossible pipe dreams when that is the reality all over Europe? If they can do it, why can’t we? There is a simple answer to this question. (And no, the answer is not  “because Republicans are






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Whose Side Are They On?

Excuse me if I drive over familiar roadways. But we are witnessing one of the great revolutions in human cooperation. And our governments and politicians are working mightily to block traffic. I refer, of course, to Uber and Lyft and the like. The innovation that these companies bring to market?






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United We Disagree

This election year? Anger and angst permeate the electorate. We are united only in frustration. Which leads to some mutual distrust. Not good. Neither the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, nor the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will receive my vote. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect people who will vote






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The Big Phony

In 2014, Bruce Rauner won the top job in Illinois politics leading a term limits ballot initiative. The initiative garnered 600,000 voter signatures, more than enough to go to voters. But House Speaker Michael Madigan, the one man running Illinois (into the ground), recruited a henchman to file suit. After






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Two Headed Beast

More War, More Cronyism, More Corporate Give-Aways, More CrowdedPrisons, More Taxes, More Regulations, More Drug War, More PoliceMilitarization and Civil Rights Violations, More Assaults on Free Speech, More Economic Bungling, More Debt, More Control, More Corruption.  






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Politicians Must Suffer

Politicians make us suffer. Isn’t turnabout fair play? No. Two wrongs don’t make a right. And equal suffering is not a worthwhile goal. Nonetheless, politicians do indeed need to “suffer” — by which I mean to bear a serious and sobering cost for their service in pubic office, to view






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Loose Cannon as Prez

“If I order the killing of someone,” Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said last Friday, “you cannot arrest me: I have immunity.” Yikes. Nearly everything negative imputed, perhaps dubiously, to Donald Trump applies double to Duterte, without a hint of dubiety. Ordering killings with impunity? Only the U.S. president can do






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The Russians Are Coming

There’s no accounting for taste, especially regarding humor. For instance, the 1966 film “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” is, to me, a classic. And I think Donald Trump’s recent sarcasm — “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”






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Miseducated and Unemployed

The persistence of the issue of raising the minimum wage is an indictment of public education, for at least two reasons: It shows that “our” schools are not teaching basic economics. Generally, those who think minimum wages help the poor do not understand what wages are (price of labor), why






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Is That a Constitution in Your Pocket?

“We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.” Those eloquent words came from the lips of Khizr Khan, the Pakistani immigrant who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week about losing his son, Capt. Humayun






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The Freak-out Factor

Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing






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More Common Sense from Tom Paine

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” Quote (from Paine’s “Common Sense”) verified here.  






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