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Regaining the Center

Commentary on the Politics of Division

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:46:55 +0000


With Democracy, You Often Get What You Asked Forzukunftsaugen

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:46:20 +0000

Donald J Trump is the 45th President of the United States. The transfer of power from former President Obama to President Trump has gone smoothly as it has 44 times before. What lies ahead, however, has not been scripted. Giddy Republicans on Capital Hill can’t wait to begin passing conservative legislation rolling back much of […](image)

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Policy Or Ethics?zukunftsaugen

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:41:29 +0000

As each of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks get their day in the sunshine before Senate Committees, the recurring questions before these committees involve the nominee’s policy direction and personal ethics.  Is the nominee free of obvious conflicts and conflicts of interest? And, what direction (what policies) would the nominee pursue if confirmed? With Republicans […](image)

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Where Is The Center In Troubled Times?zukunftsaugen

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:21:20 +0000

When George W Bush was elected in 2000, Bush campaigned as a “compassionate conservative”. What could be better, a mix of pragmatism and concern for others? The wealthy smiled as the Bush Administration made a case for two tax cuts. The evangelical community smiled when government policy turned upon science severely limiting stem cell research […](image)

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Ready, Set, Fire, Aimzukunftsaugen

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:31:03 +0000

With only a few days left before President-elect Trump becomes President Trump, the feeling is like the calm before the storm. On Friday, January 20th, 2017, the Republican Party gets a full house and a friendly President to boot. The GOP wish is to undo the last 8 years and make the future like the […](image)

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Tyrannos To Tyrant?zukunftsaugen

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:56:39 +0000

Greece is usually given the credit for introducing the world to “democracy” as a method of governing. Of course, early Greek democracy does not resemble what we know to be Democracy in the 21st century, but in comparison to kings and pharaohs lead organizations, Greek Democracy was a radical departure. Hmmm. President-elect Trump is poised […](image)

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Beginning To Look Backzukunftsaugen

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:32:48 +0000

President Obama gave his farewell speech yesterday in Chicago. Pundits suggested President Obama wanted to write his “legacy” before the Trump Administration has a chance to eviscerate it. George W Bush, when asked in the ashes of his failed Presidency, what would his legacy be, replied to the effect, “don’t know. History will determine that […](image)

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Time To Wake Upzukunftsaugen

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:35:25 +0000

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, is about to lead the country’s largest teachers union into battle. Weingarten has called the Union to attention in anticipation the Trump Administration will declare war on public schools under the umbrella of “more choice”. Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos, is expected to push for […](image)

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Looking Aheadzukunftsaugen

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:59:44 +0000

Donald Trump is still President-elect. In 11 more days he will become the 45th US President and the consequences of the 2016 election will begin to be revealed. Trump has woven insiteful advice with his own intellect and killer instincts and achieved a victory most thought impossible. The elephant in the room is will President […](image)

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Patient Centered Healthcarezukunftsaugen

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 15:19:14 +0000

The giddy Republican Congressional majority are racing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Strangely, for reasons this majority does not discuss, there is an amazing vagueness about what steps with which Republicans will propose to replace Obamacare. There is, however, no absence of slogans and unsubstantiated claims. Hmmm. Ask any Republican spokesperson about […](image)

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Does A Herd Think?zukunftsaugen

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:41:46 +0000

The Republican controlled Congress is readying a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Not much of a surprise given past performance but with apparently no agreement on the “replace part” of repeal and replace Obamacare, where is Congress’ sense of priority? The herd that calls itself Republican legislators is showing its colors early, and they are […](image)

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