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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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A Conservative Case For Incresing The Minimum Wage

At the risk of an oxymoron, sometimes I try to think like the modern day Americans who call themselves conservatives, but really aren’t.  True conservatism is a legitimate political and economic philosophy; albeit one I often disagree with.  Most of these extreme right wingers are hiding behind legitimacy to disguise their prejudices.  Continue reading

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The Ultimate Four Letter Word

We all long to be our own boss and in this project I really am.  Since I have never monetized this site, (and never will charge for access), I am not even a slave to the profit motive; the site simply runs at a very modest loss every year.  I am retired from any real job so the only boss I have is my wife, (which might be offered as proof of the existence and omnipotence of a God).  All that said this is a rare day I am writing about something I don’t really want to but feel I should.  My readers are global in scope with, (understandably), about 85% coming from the United States.  Some of them are not familiar with the topic de jour in America for the last few days.  To me it is the ultimate four letter word.  I’m talking about snow. Continue reading

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Small World

A trio of events that occurred on three different continents this Sunday all caught my attention and I’d like to briefly explore them today.  They illustrated how interconnected our world is in the 21st century. Continue reading

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The Fringe Met In The Middle

It’s the weekend between the NFL Conference Championships and the Super Bowl in the year before a presidential election; you’re a Republican who wants to be considered important.  What are you to do?  Well Saturday was your lucky day because Iowa Representative Steve King was joining with Citizens United to host the Iowa Freedom Summit: Getting America Back On Track. Continue reading

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The American Right’s No Go Zone

I guess you could go back to Joe McCarthy – possible further back – but its modern manifestation seems to have started with Ronald Reagan’s trickledown economics; the idea that if we only lower the taxes for those who already have the most it will somehow magically benefit the masses.  The latest version of the ‘if you have nothing, make something up philosophy’ is the no go zone.     Continue reading

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Wasteful Stupidity

The way I normally come up with an article is I discover something that intrigues me and then I figure out an angle I want to approach it from.  I take great pride in often looking at an event from a different perspective than others.  Who wants to read another rehash of the same talking points, (other than right wingers I guess).  While my views may be similar to others, I am not part of an echo chamber.  Today I have the dilemma of an interesting story that I want to explore from two very divergent angles.  Continue reading

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Peter Principle – Johnny Style

The theory of the Peter Principle is that you are promoted until you reach the level of your incompetency.  In the past Speaker of the House John Boehner has been offered as an example.  In reality Boehner is more of a figurehead than a leader of the House Republican majority.  Continue reading

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Another Fool Revealed

Tuesday night I listened to the President Obama’s State of the Union address.  At its conclusion I walked my dogs while collecting my thoughts.  Then I sat down and wrote an article about it, publishing it in time for my European readers and ultra early riser Americans, (more likely night owls or insomniacs).  I was well aware that freshman Republican Senator Joni Ernst was scheduled to give the Republican response, but did not consider listening to it live a prudent use of my time.  When I watched a recorded version of her speech on Wednesday morning the wisdom of my original decision was upheld.       Continue reading

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SPECIAL NOTICE – New Book Review

I have just added The Stranger by Chuck Todd to the Book Review section.  Please click on the title in that section for a brief review.

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Scoreboard!

If you didn’t watch the State of the Union address until the end you missed the most exciting part.  At the 57 minute mark of a one hour speech the President delivered an ad lib that became an instant classic!  Continue reading

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