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Like a Dutch Uncle

Many years ago a couple asked me to play Dutch Uncle to them. To advise them. They had gone bankrupt twice. They were headed toward another bankruptcy. (The bankruptcy judge h... read more...


Missing a golden opportunity

Liberals in this country are missing a golden opportunity. That thought came when I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about Canada’s mini-boom. Canada was in our sit... read more...


Soap opera season in Washington

Maybe the soap operas have disappeared from television. And maybe they have not. The posturing over the debt ceiling negotiations have been as melodramatic as As The World Tur... read more...


Does he see the disconnect?

 Last year the teacher/admin guy who heads up athletics gave me a tour of an addition to his school. New weight room. New dressing rooms for swimmers. New greenhouse. New this... read more...


A curious period

A curious period for us. A period which is creating the next group of leaders. Most historians speak of how the times create the man. Or woman. So to speak. They mean that ev... read more...


Through new lenses

Here is a question we the people ought to debate often. In fact, it is rarely raised. Politicians avoid the question. Columnists and various pundits do too. The question is N... read more...


Your own lyin’ eyes

The scandal over Congressman Weiner’s perversions stirs up lots of questions. Especially for people who feel he should not have to resign. Would you be comfy if he was your b... read more...


Powerful presence

Charisma. The candidates announcing they will run brings to mind the matter of charisma. And the mystery of why some people have it. And some do not. The word falls short. It... read more...


The Old Politician

Years ago, an old politician gave me a lesson in why politicians vote for things that don’t seem to make much sense.  I thought of him this week. That is because some politici... read more...


Politicians being politicians

Here are a few items about politicians being politicians. One will not surprise you. The other two might. The one that will not surprise you is about Nancy Pelosi and Obamaca... read more...


Backed into a corner

Governor Romney is backed into a corner.  He is running for the White House. He knows Obamacare will be a major issue in the campaign. Has to be. A majority of the voters sti... read more...


Opposites

It is pretty easy to predict what you are going to hear from the President the next many months. Once the Osama bin Laden thing is behind us. You will hear the same from the ... read more...


If we worked up the gumption

Sure would be good for the country if we worked up the gumption to radically change our income tax system. By “gumption” I mean backbone. By “we” I mean you and me and our pol... read more...


Fifty - Fifty

For this week’s entertainment, some polling results from Gallup. They cleverly released them on the day when our tax filings were due. The poll results are more than entertai... read more...


Pond scum or cow dung?

When you discover someone has lied to you, do you usually become upset? I usually do. And so the memory of our leading politicians lying to us last week is not a nice one. It ... read more...



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