Thu, 30 March 2017
One President faced a hostile audience and emerged a winner.
The other faced friends and turned them to opponents.
Wed, 22 February 2017
The Trump administration prepares the latest trade scam.
It's a neat trick.
Count all imports, but not all exports.
Wed, 28 September 2016
A Commander-in-Chief who can send people into harms way should know that life is to be valued.
Will we elect a President who values life?
One secret answer is hidden between the pages of their Foundation papers.
Wed, 27 July 2016
I don't yet know much about Senator Tim Kaine.
For most of us the ideological spectrum is only some dot on a chart.
Wed, 4 May 2016
Maine's naloxone controversy is a portend. The governor's veto is completely consistent with the emerging Republican ethic.
The Party of Abraham Lincoln sleeps in the Republican past.
The Party of Paul LePage is the vital Republican future.
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Sun, 10 April 2016
The conservative political faith of Governor Rick Snyder became more important to those in charge than any other consideration.
Ideology became more important than facts, evidence, or those affected.
People were sacrificed.
It hasn't stopped.
Fri, 1 May 2015
The Republican definition of religious freedom recently became the freedom of an employer to decide whether employees could get birth control as part of their insurance package.
Then freedom of religion transmuted into the right of an employer to order an insurance company not to provide birth control on its own.
Now freedom of religion has mutated into the right of any boss to require workers to report to management, and ask permission, if they want to go to their local pharmacy on their own time and pay for birth control themselves.
The Republican vote was unanimous.
Wed, 18 March 2015
Republicans have refused to reveal the details of their budget plans.
They have learned from past experience how media analysts will focus on Social Security and medicare cuts.
But Tom Price, who heads the Budget committee, let his guard down a little at a recent conservative conclave.
He used the usual audience tested euphemisms, but the direction Republicans in Congress are taking was clear.
Get ready for a bumpy ride.
Mon, 16 March 2015
On February 5, 2015, Republicans held a press event. They warned that letting Russia get away with invading the Crimea peninsula would violate a Presidential agreement signed by Bill Clinton in 1994.
America had to keep its word.
"What kind of message are we sending to Iran as they continue their race towards nuclear weapons?" asked Senator Tom Cotton, as others nodded solemnly.
As it turns out, the program of economic sanctions President Obama initiated against Russia has bitten every bit as deep as President Obama predicted. America did keep its word.
Five weeks later, Republicans publicly warned Iran about giving up on nuclear weapons. They instructed Iran not to trust any agreement to be signed by President Obama. America might not keep its word, if that word is given in a Presidential agreement.
"The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen," they said to Iran, "and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time."
Thu, 12 March 2015
A few years ago, documents and recordings were declassified that confirmed the worst rumors. A private citizen of the United States had secretly contacted foreign governments and sabotaged peace talks in Vietnam. That private citizen was Richard Nixon.
It was hard to imagine anything worse, until a group of conservative Senators tried to sabotage negotiations that might stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The Senators are convinced Iran can't be trusted. So they are trying to convince Iran the United States can't be trusted.