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What are they thinking?


Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Pundits are busy taking the pulse of the nation's voters to find out what they are thinking. I have some ideas of my own about this.

They believe the recession started January 21, 2009, rather than in the fall of 2007. They believe Obama is personally responsible and it is fine for Republicans to wish him to fail and for them to obstruct whatever he or Democrats try do to improve the situation.

They believe a political party that wishes for the failure of a sitting president and the country is a normal and reasonable course for the "loyal opposition."

They blame Obama and the Democrats for the recession and loss of jobs but claim everything they try to do will only make things worse.

They believe that the Toxic Asset Relief Program was designed by Democrats despite its being initiated and signed by G.W.Bush before the 2008 election. Bush was the one, who in December 2008, made it possible to bail out GM and Chrysler. Obama is being blamed for pandering to the unions for something a lame duck president did.

They believed Cheney was right when he said, "Reagan proved deficits do not matter," because nobody at all called him on that. Now all the Republicans can talk about is the deficit and the national debt and the sky is falling. The historically challenged have forgotten the national debt was 109 percent of the gross domestic product in 1945. "The greatest generation," as Tom Brokaw called them, was being taxed at the federal highest marginal rate of 91 percent without belly aching or forming "T" parties.

They believe any tax rate is excessive and should be reduced.

They believe Ronald Reagan only lowered taxes despite the historical record. He raised taxes in the next three years after his big cut in 1981. He raised FICA taxes enormously in 1983 with the help of the Greenspan Commission to provide for the baby boomer retirements. This provided the surplus that produced the bonds held for Social Security that present day Republicans wish to disavow.

They believe their taxes actually pay entirely for the education of their children in public schools. No single person, childless couple, or elderly citizen contributes. Community doesn't count, it's all about me. I got where I am by myself, without help from the greater community, and should get to keep all of it.

They want to resist all efforts to make any changes in our pathetically dysfunctional healthcare system, despite all evidence .....
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One moment, please... A unified vision

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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While I spend the majority of my time in Fillmore County, I do venture out a bit between 14 counties in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, spending quite a bit of time on the road ..... 
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High cost of gas

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

With spring comes the desire to wander about looking for migrating birds and the first wildflowers; to return to favorite places, favorite trails in woods and grasslands, along streams and the Mississippi River; and to explore new places. Whitewater ..... 
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With congress and the courts, what matters is balance

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A year after the passage of the health-care reform law known as "the Affordable Care Act," its legal future is up in the air. Judges in five federal courts have weighed in on it, two of them declaring it unconstitutional and three supporting it. The ..... 
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Are you talking to me?

Mon, Apr 11th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

One wonders, who are the major politicians, in both parties, speaking to? Perhaps I am dense but I can usually follow a conversation that isn't on the topic of quantum physics or marine biology with at least an appropriate nod here and there. I don' ..... 
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The roots of congress' unpopularity

Mon, Apr 11th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I suppose it's possible that Congress could enjoy even less popularity than it does at the moment, but it's difficult to imagine. Recent public opinion polls show it plumbing depths that have rarely been seen before.

Certainly that's true of ..... 
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Jottings from Japan

Mon, Apr 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Some of you may remember that I wrote a weekly column called "Jottings from Japan" for approximately 15 years. My first entries were hand written and sent in an aerogram. It seemed the best way to keep in touch with my Harmony friends and Grand Mead ..... 
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Congress needs to build a culture of fairness - 3/28/11

Fri, Apr 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Senate voted down a Republican attempt to repeal last year's health-care reform law. You may remember this, even though it rated only a mention on the evening news. What I'm virtually certain you don't remember is how the R ..... 
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The new new deal

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In President Obama, conservatives face the most formidable liberal politician since FDR. In 2008, Obama won the presidency with a majority of the popular vote, something a Democrat has not done since Jimmy Carter won a squeaker in 1976. With Preside ..... 
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