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The radicalization of our politics 0

The new year has picked up where 2012 left off, with America being unnecessarily pushed, again, to the edge of a fiscal cliff. As most national politicians squabble over who should head the Defense Department and posture how much money to cut from the budget, two leaders are — as much as possible — overlooking […]

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Posted on: 01-11-2013
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Small changes lead to bigger ones 0

The imagery of Carl Sandburg’s poem “Fog” always surprises me.

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Posted on: 12-4-2012
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GOP, break Grover Norquist’s grip on you 0

Who is Grover Norquist? He’s a private citizen, a conservative lobbyist, the author of the Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge and president of Americans for Tax Reform. His idea of tax reform is no more tax increases ever again. And no closed loopholes unless matched by cuts in government spending. In the 113th Congress, the one just […]

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Posted on: 12-3-2012
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America’s hunger outlasts campaign season 0

More than $6 billion was spent in the 2012 campaign season — making it the most expensive in our nation’s history. If you live in one of the battleground or swing states or had a competitive race for Congress, you had a steady diet of negative advertising, phone calls and mail. Even if you lived […]

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Posted on: 11-27-2012
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Obama mandate strengthens nation 0

“We’re all in this together,” President Barack Obama said on election night. “That’s how we campaigned.” A week later, responding to noise and squabbles about the word “mandate,” Obama responded: “I’ve got one mandate. I’ve got a mandate to help middle-class families and families that are working hard to try to get into the middle […]

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Posted on: 11-20-2012
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Democrats win with shift to center 0

Election night was a good night for moderates. It was a bad night for conservatives. It was the worst night for partisanship. Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign manager said a few days after that election, “The Republican Party wants to, needs to be able to represent, you know, not only conservatives, but centrists […]

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Posted on: 11-13-2012
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Mitt Romney isn’t interested in truth 0

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney got a fact right: 47 percent of Americans do not pay income taxes. Like the proverbial broken clock, he’s entitled to be right once or twice a day. But Romney wasn’t interested in the facts about taxes. He wanted to make myth while the mything was good. Characterizing President Barack […]

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Posted on: 09-25-2012
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Obama can take on ‘hard’ problems 0

The lives of my family, like so many others in the Gulf Coast area, were thrown into chaos in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. My kin, like so many other residents, had to be evacuated. Their homes were flooded, and precious possessions were lost. To be honest, I have been frazzled with concern for my […]

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Posted on: 09-7-2012
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What have unions done for us? 0

What have unions done for us lately? Other than give us Labor Day, and a three-day weekend to start football season. The answers may surprise you. Unions have long been part of our nation’s history, fighting for better pay, safer working conditions, health care and retirement benefits, education and civic participation. Unions have brought diverse […]

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Posted on: 09-4-2012
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Romney’s ‘birther’ line is no joke 0

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that I was born and raised.” With that comment to a crowd in Michigan, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney officially embraced the “birther” movement and touched off a firestorm of protest across the airwaves and internet. Of course, those […]

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Posted on: 08-27-2012
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