Category Archives: Congress

Our Decaying Infrastructure

It seems to me…. “This is our history – from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges – our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our … Continue reading

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Campaign Financing

It seems to me…. “Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.” (“Every democracy gets the government it deserves.”) ~ Joseph de Maistre[1]. Elections are an indispensable mechanism of representative democracy allowing citizens to express their will, select their leaders, and … Continue reading

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Restoring Our Basic Values

It seems to me…. “It’s time that America’s government lived by the same values as America’s families. It’s time we invested in America’s future and made sure our people have the skills to compete and thrive in a 21st century … Continue reading

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Republicans Have Their Problems

It seems to me…. “There’s no light at the end of the tunnel in the Republican message, no promise of better things to come. There’s only the present stagnation, followed by a slow decline.” ~John Podhoretz[1]. No one can deny … Continue reading

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Reinventing the Democratic Party

It seems to me…. “I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.” ~ William Jennings Bryan. Democrats suffered a humiliating defeat in November – not just for the presidency, but in Congressional and Gubernatorial races. The … Continue reading

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2016 Election: Final Thoughts

It seems to me…. “In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?” ~ Barack Obama. Unable to sleep, I wrote most of this column about 3:00 … Continue reading

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Explaining Donald Trump

It seems to me…. “New Rule: Whenever you think the Tea Party can’t get any dumber, they get dumber. Now they’re in love with Donald Trump. Because nothing says ‘We’re serious about fiscal responsibility’ quite like a billionaire whose corporations … Continue reading

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