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What Was I Thinking?

Time sure flies when you’re having fun. Today is my birthday. I am 60, and thus begin my 61st year on this planet.  For the last four decades — my entire adult life — I’ve worked in politics. That might not seem like much fun. Politics is a constant struggle,

Christmas 2019

Precious Gifts . . . 2019 and Beyond

There’s a quiet on Christmas morning . . . after Santa has come and gone . . . and the kids are still sound asleep . . . sugar plum fairies dancing to their gentle snoring. A moment to stop and think. I hope they’ll like their presents; they always

This Week in Democracy?

Paul Jacob finishes his weekend wrap-up with stories on Colorado’s TABOR, a squeak by for republican governance with citizen hero Ron Calzone, and the weirdness surrounding the corporate media’s attitudes towards whistleblowers. Paul began his “Common Sense with Paul Jacob” commentary in 1999, and for a decade he produced these

Chortling Evil

Kamala Harris laughed. She stood naked on the edge of a . . . Oops. Wrong story. The right — or, very wrong — story is Senator Harris (D–Calif.) laughing, sure. But the only thing naked is her powerlust. Why refer to the opening of the novel The Fountainhead? To

David Koch

Hate in Plain Sight

“Classy guy,” won’t be the moniker afforded comedian Bill Maher when his time on Earth comes to an end. “I guess I’m going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer,” Maher told his HBO audience regarding the death of libertarian billionaire David Koch at 79. “As for

Rashida Tlaib, minimum wage, The Squad, economics,

Money for Robots and Representatives!

Yesterday I addressed Senator Bernie Sanders’ minimum wage problem. Today it is member of Congress and “The Squad” Rashida Tlaib’s turn. She is unsatisfied with the just-passed national $15/hour minimum wage.  She wants to make it $20. Now a bidding war begins? But not where laborers bid for jobs. Instead,

Kamala Harris, debate, Democrats, Fourth of July, Independence Day,

Dependence or Independence?

“America does not want to witness a food fight,” Senator Kamala Harris said at last week’s debate, reprimanding her squabbling fellow Democratic Party presidential contenders. “They want to know how we’re going to put food on their table.” The no doubt well-rehearsed line drew raucous applause. She’s right; we’re not

army, twitter, public relations, veterans,

Of Honor and Horror

Last week, when the public relations wing of the U.S. Army asked, on Twitter, “how has serving impacted you?” the bulk of the responses were not what was hoped for. What came like tear drops and bursts of rage were thousands of horrific tales, expressions of sorrow, bitterness and despair.

Tom Paine, Thomas Paine, quote, quotation, wrong, right, meme, illustration

The Uncommon Author of Common Sense

Last week we noted the 243rd anniversary of the publication of Common Sense — Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, that is. The importance of this document for the formation of the United States of America can hardly be over-estimated. And the general good . . . sense . . . of

Benjamin Franklin, We must all hang together, quote

Ideas, Online and Ongoing … with Help

In recent years there has been a great burgeoning of public debate about ideas. Politics. Ethics. UFOs. You name it. This “burgeoning” has mostly taken place online. Some people are so good at it that they have made their whole livings at it, parlaying advertisements and donations into successful careers.

Christmas, 2018, Paul Jacob, liberty

Precious Gifts

There’s a quiet on Christmas morning . . . after Santa has come and gone . . . and the kids are still sound asleep . . . sugar plum fairies dancing to their gentle snoring. A moment to stop and think. I hope they’ll like their presents; they always

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