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Regaining the Center

Commentary on the Politics of Division

Last Build Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:11:39 +0000


Once Again, Do Ends Justify Means?zukunftsaugen

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:06:44 +0000

During the George W Bush years, especially with Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, the Administration mantra was “the ends justify the means”. There was no civil liberty or time honored practice that was not sacred enough to escape being trampled if it stood in the way of an Administration objective. Now, in the early days […](image)

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Medi-scare Or Whatzukunftsaugen

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:43:48 +0000

House Speaker Paul Ryan has accused Democrats of conducting scare tactics around his proposed changes to Medicare. Ryan points to the projected exhaustion of the Medicare Trust Fund and its ultimate “bankruptcy” as reason to act. Ryan claims his plan is benign and will save healthcare for current and future Medicare subscribers. Hmmm. Roughly speaking, […](image)

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Beware Of Hubriszukunftsaugen

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:14:01 +0000

Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election “fair and square” as much as we know today. While he did not win the popular vote, Trump won a significant majority in the electoral college. Do these outcomes represent a mandate? If you couple the Trump victory with Republican control of both Houses of Congress, whether Trump’s […](image)

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Free Trade, Positive Or Negative?zukunftsaugen

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:14:38 +0000

One of President-elect Trump’s campaign tenets was the renegotiation of NAFTA and the abandonment of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Trump promised that such a move would return jobs for Americans, especially those “rust belt States” workers who had lost their working spots when American manufactures either outsourced work to Mexico or set up factories in […](image)

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Trump’s Thanks To The Rust Belt Stateszukunftsaugen

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:39:46 +0000

Donald Trump lost the popular vote by about 2 million, but was able to win the electoral college tally by flipping normally blue “rust belt” States to red.  His victory, in no small measure is thanks to a disheartened core of blue collar workers.  These voters were seeking someone who could offer them hope. Now […](image)

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Enough Already – For Nowzukunftsaugen

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:19:02 +0000

The reaction to President elect Donald Trump’s every move has been marked with breathless observations. Democrats, special interests, pundits, and discouraged voters are all weighing in on “what Trump might do”. Come on, he is the President elect and the incoming Administration is his show. Give him space or if one can’t do that, then […](image)

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Repeal And Replacezukunftsaugen

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:36:58 +0000

“Obamacare is a disaster, a jobs killer, and should be repealed at the first opportunity”, we have been told by Republicans. The Affordable Care Act is in the GOP cross hairs and all that is slowing action is January 20th and Donald Trump’s inauguration. Oh, if it were that easy. There are various estimate for […](image)

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Letter To A Friendzukunftsaugen

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:12:21 +0000

The following is an email I sent to a German friend who had sent me a worried email on Wednesday following Donald Trump’s upset victory. Germany and many other parliamentary system countries have great trouble in understanding how someone with ruthless, mean spirited, and fact-free claims could suddenly be selected. In these countries, the heads […](image)

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President Elect Donald J Trumpzukunftsaugen

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:37:06 +0000

For many (but not enough), the unthinkable has happened. Donald Trump has won the 2016 Presidential election with a narrow but clear cut electoral college victory. Americans have spoken and their choice of Trump over Hillary Clinton was wide and broad based. Along with President-elect Trump, the GOP kept control of both the Senate and […](image)

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All Quiet On The US Election Front?zukunftsaugen

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:51:21 +0000

The voting has begun, counting will soon follow. Who will be the 45th President? In a few hours (following poll closings), we should learn. At this time, there is no need for television ads and all the venom that seemed so normal for the past oh so many months. Regrettably, election day is not exempt […](image)

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