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I had the fortune to be born during the administration of one of the great American Presidents of the twentieth century, Harry Truman.  He serves as the inspiration for this site’s title and some of its content.  What the reader can expect when they visit this web site is, at a minimum, a daily posting on a topic of political importance based on the truth and, almost without exception, a progressive viewpoint.     Continue reading

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The Resignation Of Chuck Hagel

Monday morning I was in my office writing Tuesday’s posting when my BlackBerry brought me the news that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had resigned.  My first logistical thought was to “stop the presses” and write about it.  Then I considered one of the advantages I have in that I offer political comment, not breaking news and proceeded with the article I was writing.  My first political thought was that the resignation was not completely of free will; it at least had to do with current events.  I was certainly correct on the later and hopefully made a good decision on the former.  Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: War On Science

There are a few people running around saying that Congress will enact more laws with the Republicans holding a majority in both chambers come January.  They will suddenly “get religion”, listen to the American people and compromise with President Obama.  The most polite word I have to describe them is: naïve!  Continue reading

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A Random Wrapup Of A Week Gone By

One of the drawbacks of being a one man gang is that it is impossible to cover every political story worth commenting on.  Last week there were a tremendous amount of newsworthy events to cover and the potential for even more.  Today I want to give brief attention to four; three of which I had not previously discussed and one that I never looked at from today’s angle.  Continue reading

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Anecdotal Evidence From Cheektowaga

Today I am not going to present any statistics.  That does not mean I’m going to forgo facts!  I’m going to present anecdotal evidence from the first 47 years of my own life experience supplemented by what I have seen via the media during the first four days of last week.  Continue reading

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Patriotic Presidential Priorites

Thursday evening President Obama addressed the nation from the East Room of the White House.  His topic was the most difficult social issue facing America today – immigration.  In a speech lasting about 14 minutes he outlined some patriotic and humane priorities for the enforcement of America’s immigration laws.  The President simply lacks the power to wholesale rewrite immigration policy, but he can set the priorities for how it is enforced and that is exactly what he did. Continue reading

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It’s The Environment, Stupid

I’m certain that today’s political discussion will be dominated by immigration – I’ll get to that tomorrow.  Today I want to reveal the true importance of stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline.  If you don’t have the time to read the entire posting here it is: the environment. Continue reading

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A Veto Saved

Early Tuesday evening as I sat in a Board of Directors meeting of a domestic violence organization my BlackBerry went off informing me that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed to get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate by the thinnest of margins, 59-41.  I showed it to a friend and said, “It saved Obama a veto.”  A smile and an affirmative nod was his reply.  Continue reading

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A Post Political President

It’s Tuesday morning as I write this article and it is very much one of those waiting for the other shoe to fall type mornings in American politics.  Actually it is more like waiting for an entire display of shoes to fall over.  There are several potential big stories in the offing: an Executive Order on immigration, the Keystone XL Pipeline vote in the Senate, (more about that later),  impeachment, a Continuing Resolution, the FCC’s ruling,(or not), on net neutrality and Russian action in Eastern Ukraine in light of Putin leaving the G20 early; just to name a few.  Continue reading

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The Enshrinement Of Thurgood Marshall

It has been over a year since I inducted someone into the Progressive Hall of Fame.  It is not something that is done lightly or under the pressure of time constraint.  The theme of this man’s life could have been: Don’t just get mad and/or even; do something positive to change the situation.  Continue reading

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Run Government Like A Household?

As President Obama makes it clear that he isn’t going to act like an obedient puppy dog and just roll over for the Republican Congress, the threats have come out.  Senate Majority Leader –Elect, Mitch McConnell will soon learn what Speaker John Boehner already has.  You are more the spokesperson/figurehead of your caucus than its leader when it is not a true Republican caucus but a Tea Party/Republican coalition. Continue reading

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