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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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White Knight By Default?

I saw an editorial cartoon yesterday morning the caption of which said: “Three out of four Republicans are running for President.”  Thankfully that is an exaggeration but, granted poetic license, not that much of one.  Continue reading

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A Retired Phrase?

The computer tells me this is the 1,500th posting.  I will take the gizmo’s word for it; I don’t bother keeping track of such things.  I felt perhaps I should do something unusual, if not special, in honor of the occasion.  If all goes well we can retire the phrase “civil union”. Continue reading

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Bernie For The Win?

Tuesday morning I watched a national reporter in the unenviable position of trying to hype Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.  He displayed an appropriate level of enthusiasm, (he, like me, is a Bernie fan), listed several reasons to justify the position and utterly failed to convince me, (or probably just about anybody else).  Continue reading

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A Lesson From The Emerald Isle

Only about a decade ago Republicans were able to increase the turnout of their base by getting anti-gay rights issues on the ballot.  Many political analysts say such a measure was what increased GOP turnout in Ohio in 2004 and thereby enabling George W. Bush to be reelected.  Very recently those measures have actually benefited Democratic turnout and candidates.  Saturday Ireland gave us an electoral result from the “you ain’t seen nothing yet” category.       Continue reading

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Too Many For No Good Reason!

Today is Memorial Day, when America honors its war dead.  Often when I write a song is in my mind.  As I contemplated this article it was, Where Have All The Flowers Gone?  Both the song and the issue have a varied history that spans many years and many situations.  Let’s look at both.  Continue reading

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Think Simple

While the situation in the Middle East is both complex and multi-faceted; the more I study it the more apparent it becomes that America’s optimal role is to simply stay out of it as much as possible. Continue reading

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What Am I Missing Here?

This week it was announced that four major banks, (Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland), effectively pled guilty to the equivalent of felony conspiracy to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).  They agreed to pay about $5.7 billion in fines and startlingly not much more.  A fifth bank, (UBS), had previously entered into an agreement with the Justice Department on similar charges.  Continue reading

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Does He Believe His Own Malarkey?

Earlier this week New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie did an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.  In it she questioned the Governor about a poll showing that 65% of the Garden State’s residents didn’t think he would do a good job as President.  His reply was, “A lot of those people in that 65 percent want me to stay.”  Can’t you just hear the vast majority of Americans exclaiming an incredulous “What!”? Continue reading

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Kicking The Roads To The Ashcan

American governmental units, particularly the Congress, are often legitimately criticized for kicking the can down the road.  Rather than take the often politically risky but prudent move of address a problem head on; after much debate, handwringing and sanctimonious rhetoric they do the closest thing to nothing possible – they extend the current inadequate program promising to solve the problem next time.  Well next time never seems to come; political considerations trump practical ones while the problem remains unsolved.  It appears we are headed for that again; this time with our transportation infrastructure. Continue reading

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Occupy The World

Earlier this week news broke that Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, had fallen into the control of ISIS.  All spin dismissed, that is not a good thing.  Just how bad this is is difficult to ascertain.  The situation in the region is so tenuous that by the time you read this article Ramadi may be under the control of another entity or a temporary alliance.     Continue reading

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