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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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Halt! Who Goes There?

“Halt! Who goes there, friend or foe?”  That has been the command and question sentries have used for centuries.  The United States would do well to obey the command in part because discerning friend from foe in the Middle East has recently become even more complicated.  The answer to that question may well depend on where in the region it is asked and will undoubtedly change over time.  Continue reading

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The Banishment Of John Menard, Jr.

I’ll admit that a week ago I didn’t even know who John Menard, Jr. was.  He came to my attention in one of the scandals surrounding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the John Doe II Investigation.  Michael Isikoff’s investigative reporting for Yahoo News uncovered over $1.5 million in Menard’s donations to Walker via a third party which were intended to be secret.  Thereafter Menard received $1.8 million in tax credits via an economic development corporation chaired by Walker.  It was in the course of the research for an article about that situation when I stumbled across other aspects of Menard’s behavior that showed him to be a truly despicable human being. Continue reading

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But It Was All Legit?

Answer: I was in fact born in the morning but it was in August of 1952.  Question: Do you believe Governor Walker’s explanation of the “coincidence” of John Menard, Jr.’s political donations and the tax breaks he received.  Hint: I don’t! Background: read the following.   Continue reading

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The True Cost Of A Political Mistake

I am of the school of thought that when the dust settles Hillary Clinton will be the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nominee and Jeb Bush will be her Republican opponent.  Even if I have one or both of the names wrong I will guarantee that the next President of the United States will be the nominee of one of those two Parties.  Despite rhetoric from both sides of the political divide it appears the wars that George W. Bush started in Afghanistan and Iraq just won’t end.  In fact they show signs of heating up.  Barack Obama is rather dovish; he famously opposed our initial invasion/occupation of Iraq.  Regardless of the outcome of the November 2016 election he will cease to be President at noon on January 20, 2017.  The question I want to ponder today is where we go from there with regard to our military involvement in the Middle East. Continue reading

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A Generation In Jeopardy

Quite by chance, during the past few days I’ve had conversations with several young adults who I met for the first time.  All of them had recently graduated from college; for at least one that included graduate school.  They all cited the same thing as the biggest obstacle in their life: student loan debt. Continue reading

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Contradictory Multiple Meanings

I’m writing this article a bit in advance so forgive me if an unexpected event usurps my prediction of yesterday’s big American political headline. 

On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed Obamacare into law.  Famously Vice President Joe Biden was the victim of an open mike and was caught telling the President that it was a BFD, (hey, I’m serious about my PG rating for daily posts).  Five years later to the day Canadian born Texas Tea Party/Republican Senator Ted Cruz declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination.  Continue reading

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Taxpayer Financed Fishing

In order to correctly analyze a situation you often need to discover the link between seemingly unrelated occurrences.  Sometimes this is called connecting the dots.  Establishing the link is especially difficult when you are bombarded with false information meant to distract you.  That is the case with the self proclaimed fiscally conservative Republican’s wasteful spending of taxpayers’ dollars. Continue reading

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Rambling On Three Continents

If you ever wanted to globe trot faster than a jet setter today is your day.  I want to look at four political events on three continents.  Let’s go east to west. Continue reading

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Democracy – What A Concept

The United States is a representative democracy.  The Tea Party people will tell you, (accurately), that it is a republic, which is essentially the same thing as a representative democracy (especially after the 17th Amendment); telling you that just makes them feel like they are smart.   In a pure democracy everyone votes on everything.  That is simply not practical in a country of this geographical size and population.  Oregon has found a way to come as close to pure democracy as any state has ever come.        Continue reading

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Cross That One Off

When you start a new job where you will have significant influence over the agenda it is only natural to come up with a mental to do list; a listing of objectives you would like to see achieved on your watch.  The American Presidency is one of those jobs.  I think it is safe to say that every recent President with the exception of George W. Bush had resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict on his list.  Jimmy Carter managed to get the Camp David Accord.  Rumor has it that Bill Clinton came close, but no cigar.  With this week’s Israeli election results and the recent actions of Benjamin Netanyahu, especially those of this week in Israel, Barack Obama can scratch that off his list; not because it is accomplished, but because it is unachievable during the remainder of his term.  Continue reading

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