It Was a Great Speech!

April 14th, 2011

By Dan Miller It was a masterstroke which should be recorded as the high point of his presidency. As I read the advance text of President Obama’s thoughtfully smart proposals to reduce the deficit, some options British Prime Minister Hacker (fictitious) considered for a party political — his first after becoming PM in Yes, Prime […]

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Is Suicide the Answer?

April 14th, 2011

By Tom Carter I’ve been thinking about a column by Robert Samuelson since I read it on Sunday.  Given that the government’s annual deficits and total debt are unsustainable and that neither politicians nor the people are willing to do what’s necessary, Samuelson concludes, “Government is suicidal because it breeds expectations that cannot be met.” […]

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Observations from the Kitchen Table

February 23rd, 2011

by Jane Thomas Maybe it is time to think more creatively about ways to make our government more responsive to the people. Observation #1 Countries run on two simultaneous tracks: an economic track and a political track.  On the economic track the two extremes are capitalism, where everything is privately owned, and communism, where everything […]

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A Dime’s Worth of Difference

October 25th, 2010

By Tom Carter Racist rabble-rouser and archconservative George Wallace used to say, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.”  Ross Perot said the same thing, as did Ralph Nader and others.  What they had in common was they wanted to get elected outside the framework of the two parties.  What […]

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Fighting the Good Fight

May 14th, 2010

By Tom Carter At a time when the U.S. is running huge deficits and sliding further and further into long-term debt, one courageous governor is fighting the good fight regardless of the political costs.  According to an article in The Hill, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is fighting a determined battle to cut spending […]

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