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Public Service vs. Private Profit

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Conservatives have been pretty clear about one aspect of their governing philosophy.  They say that they will run government like a business.  Liberals, however, see government as public services.  The results are dramatically different. Liberal policies shaped American politics after the Great Depression.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt provided a role model for creating government services.  The […]

Natural Monopolies

Friday, March 11th, 2022

In 1776, Adam Smith published a ground breaking book, The Wealth of Nations. Smith introduced the French phrase laissez-faire to the English speaking world.  The phrase best translates as “free market.” Smith criticized European monarchs for subsidizing domestic production and granting monopolies for foreign trade. He argued that monarch redistributed income from small farmers and […]

Build Back Better

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

President Joe Biden won the 2020 election by promising that America would Build Back Better.  Slowly, the Democratic Congress has been fulfilling that promise. A big step occurred last month.  Democrats crafted a bi-partisan infrastructure bill.  It included $110 billion for building, repairing, and replacing roads, bridges and bicycle paths. The infrastructure bill also included […]

Earth Race

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

You don’t have to listen long to hear what workers are saying about their lives.  Their hours are long. Their pay is stagnant. They want more time with their children. They live one healthcare emergency away from bankruptcy. Millionaires and billionaires, however, have never had it better.  They have the lowest tax rate since the […]

I’m Not Scared of Words

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Every time we turn around Fox News and the rest of the professional conservatives cry like babies about scary socialism.  It doesn’t take much education to know they haven’t a clue what socialism is.  They simply want to scare and paralyze American. In the early 1900’s apartment and factory fires killed thousands.  As a society […]

1933, 1954, 2020 SCOTUS

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

1954 was a pivotal year in the history of the United States.  Since 1933, a coalition of representatives from Northern cities and rural Southern states had worked to improve the lives of average Americans. Franklin Delano Roosevelt built that coalition.  The fruits of the coalition were collectively known as the New Deal, or the welfare […]

Calm, Compassionate and Thoughtful

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

As I grew up, I was taught the qualities of a President.  Presidents were calm, compassionate and thoughtful.  Presidents lead by example.  Presidents put the interest of the country above themselves.  Presidents sought a United States of America. Above all, President offered a vision for a better America.  They wanted to part of the solution. […]

Donald Defunds Social Security

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Donald Trump issued an Executive order defunding Social Security of the next 4 months.  In 1936 President Franklyn D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.  It was the first permanent piece of social welfare legislation. It has stabilized the lives of our seniors ever since. The Social Security Administration, an agency of the […]

Sacrifice

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Sacrifice means giving something up today for a better tomorrow. Self-sacrifice is a key virtue.  We give of ourselves to better those around us.  Our communities honor those among us who excel at self-sacrifice. Recently, we have seen the rise of an old and ugly form of sacrifice: the sacrifice of others.  A small, vocal […]

Moments of Clarity.

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Moments of crisis are also moments of clarity. The very same politicians who scream prolife to get elected are now telling us to focus on profits, not saving lives. The very same politicians who scream get the government away from businesses are now throwing money at banksters faster than they can light it on fire. […]

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