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Are Americans exceptional?

Is this country exceptional? Are Americans exceptional? Yes and no, I believe. Pundits debate the question of American exceptionalism. They have for a few hundred years. For ... read more...


A fairy tale world

Consider what a fairy tale world we live in. A world in which so many folks pretend. Politicians pretend to hate big companies and the rich. Yet they beg millions of campaign... read more...


Big Brother is watching

Tidy your house. Stash the beer cans. Guess who is stopping by without notice? Your big brother. If you say you donít have one, I have news for you. There was news this week ... read more...


An insult to the concept

Stand by ... to be insulted. More than once. Our President told us this week that workers in Ohio and elsewhere will miss out on valuable job training. They will, he says, if... read more...


Welcome to the permanent campaign

I expect somebody to announce he or she is running for the White House. When? The day after we inaugurate the next president in January. Welcome to the permanent campaign. Yo... read more...


Things in common

What do these things have in common? Social Security Disability. Windmills. Food Stamps. A stateís low taxes. Big contributions to politicians. These are linked by a basic in... read more...


We have gotten awfully regal

Maybe itís my imagination. But we seem to have gotten awfully regal in this country. Thatís what came to mind when I heard about the kafuffle over our Secretary of Defense. Le... read more...


Viewed through womenís lenses

Suppose you run for the White House. And suppose one evening during the campaign you address 10,000 voters. Your advisors tell you that maybe 60 percent of them are women. Wh... read more...


Is it a right?

Here is a good question that arose during the Supreme Court presentations on Obamacare. Is healthcare a right? You know, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Like ... read more...


An equally monumental issue

Sure, the Supreme Courtís decision is important. But Ö Obviously the courtís decision on Obamacare will be monumental. Because it deals with two clearly defined foes, pitted ... read more...


The Dumb File

Dumb stuff seems to be in the air lately. First, a big earthquake in Mexico draws attention to the Obamasí daughter. The White House has to tell the world their 13-year-daugh... read more...


It hinges on gas price

Do you ever wonder what our founding fathers would think of todayís presidential elections? How would you explain to Thomas Jefferson that the item that would swing the most... read more...


Political capital

Sometimes watching a president is like watching a small business operator. Or the CEO of a big business. Or the big business itself. This is particularly true with President O... read more...


Another reality

Louis Farrakhan must live in another world, another reality. Which would be all right with me if he did not spew so much hatred. In his latest diatribe he warned thousands ... read more...


Duking it out

Various governors are duking it out with unions these days. Over pension and benefits packages for state workers. Mayors face the same problems with city workers. School board... read more...



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