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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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GOP Goblins

Today is Halloween and the GOP is in full scare tactic mode!  I’ve always figured Halloween was sort of a nitwit holiday, so the Republican Party taking advantage of it has a poetic justice to it.  The lower information and IQ a voter is, the more likely a scare tactic is going to work on them.  With that in mind Republicans have given up on persuadable voters and are strictly concentrating on turning out their base.  Continue reading

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Unlocking Gridlock?

Politicians on the stump are largely salespersons.  A bit of enhancement or hyperbole is to be expected.  Selecting the points of an argument that support your conclusion and ignoring those that do not is par for the course.  Outright deception is another matter.  We are in the final stretch of the 2014 campaign and the Hail Mary passes are coming down like a summer afternoon rainstorm in Miami.      Continue reading

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Turkey Talk

Turkey is the key to a resolution of the ISIS problem that America and its Western allies will be please with; achieving it without Turkey, while not impossible, will be exponentially more difficult.  Turkey’s earlier decision to let Peshmerga fighters cross over their border into Syria was a major break.  Earlier this week the Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, clarified Turkey’s position on expanding their involvement in the effort to defeat ISIS.  To me, it was the most important news story in the world. Continue reading

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What Are Voters Waiting For?

One of the greatest influences on my writing is Paul Krugman.  I make no secret of that and on more than one occasion have suggested that my readers make his op-eds, which appear in the Monday and Friday online editions of the New York Times, required reading.  Yesterday his op-ed entitled, Ideology and Investment, was a gem! Continue reading

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Time For Republicans To Move On

The Republican Party’s greatest fear is now a reality.  Obamacare is a success and here to stay.  While the program is far from perfect it is the basis for what someday will be a very good national health care program.  The basic goal of the program was to provide access to quality health care for millions of Americans who otherwise would not have it.  In a phrase – mission accomplished.  Continue reading

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Good Politics = Bad Policy

The latest development in America’s irrational obsession with Ebola is that three Governors have mandated 21 days of quarantine for medical personnel returning from Africa.  This is simply giving in to the politics of fear that the Republican Party is practicing in lieu of having viable policies or achievements.  This is a case of history repeating itself.  Dick Cheney was the master of playing the fear card and did it successfully to propel himself and George W. Bush to reelection in 2004.  In the current reincarnation it has been so successful that two of the three Governors I am calling out today are Democrats.  Continue reading

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Unamerican Candidates

One of the most dangerous threats to America is the emergence of the Tea Party as a force in the Republican Party.  America needs a center-right political party and the Republican Party filled that role for decades.  In the aftermath of the 2008 election the Tea Party emerged and has steadily driven the Republican Party further and further to the right.  These people, who love to refer to themselves as patriots, are actually among the most un-American people on earth.  One thing they certainly do not believe in is small “d” democracy! Continue reading

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Sarah The Scammer

Money in politics is often a theme in my writing and I cannot recall even one occasion where I praised the effect of it.  This week the media picked up on the research of OpenSecret.org and showed where the money donated to SarahPAC was going.  Hint: very little was going to candidates.  Continue reading

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Mid-December 2015?

A commenter to a weekly op-ed I write for a local newspaper actually questioned what I was going to write about when this election was over as if it would be difficult to find material.  Even with a daily column like this, the difficulty is not finding a topic, but deciding among several options.  Come November 5th there will be plenty of stories and that doesn’t include the surprises current events will supply.  Let’s look at what a few will be. Continue reading

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A Welcome Turkish Development

There was a significant development in Turkey on Monday that almost got lost among the news about Ebola and the 2014 election.  I subscribe to the school of thought that Turkey is the key to the current Middle East situation as it pertains to ISIS.  Turkey made a seemingly small move that will have a major impact.  Continue reading

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