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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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Across The Pond Results

I stayed up a little later than normal on Thursday night.  My motivation was to see the results of the Scottish referendum on leaving the United Kingdom.  While it was not news item number one in the United States, in the days running up to the voting anyone who paid attention to political news had at least heard of it.  Continue reading

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Time Off For Bad Behavior

Like thieves in the night, Congress left town Thursday night with its work largely incomplete and few if any of America’s problems addressed, let alone solved.  Before leaving they cancelled their few remaining days in session between now and the mid-term elections on November 4th.  That was only a total of five days – three in September and two in October.  For those of my readers who are employed I simply want you to ask yourself how many days are you scheduled to work between now and November 4thContinue reading

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More Democratic Women

Women vote Democratic by a disproportion margin in America.  Based on the Senate’s action this week the gap isn’t large enough.  The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to get the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster and died.  The Act was aimed at stopping pay discrimination based on gender.  The gender that has long been the victim is female.  Continue reading

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The Banishment Of Kris Kobach

As I pen this article we await a decision from the Kansas Supreme Court in the case of Taylor v Kobach.  The “Kobach” is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  Former Democratic Senatorial candidate Chad Taylor is suing to have his name removed from the November ballot.  Taylor terminated his race for the Senate but Kobach refuses to let him drop out.  Kobach contents that Taylor wasn’t specific enough in his written request.  Most observers of the Court feel Kobach, who is obviously just playing politics, is wasting the State’s money on a loser lawsuit.  Kobach actually spends most of his time authoring legislation for ALEC, (the American Legislative Exchange Council). One of ALEC’s largest funders is the Koch brothers. Not so coincidentally they are also large funders of Kansas Republicans including Republican Governor Sam Brownback and Kobach. Kobach’s specialties are voter suppression and anti-immigration laws, most of which end up losing in the courts at taxpayer expense. In fact Kansas’ anti-choice laws have been losers in the courtrooms with Kansans picking up the tab. Continue reading

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Less Than The Greatest Congress

On Sunday December 7, 1941 Japan attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor in what was then the American territory of Hawaii.  By Monday, December 8th, at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congress declared war.  Keep in mind this was over a weekend, a significant portion of Congressional members were not in Washington on that Sunday, commercial air travel was nonexistent, and members traveled mainly by train.

Fast forward to today. For weeks the national political conversation has been dominated by talk of ISIS and Congress is in session; even if it were not, members of Congress travel by air these days unless their district/state is in easy driving distance of DC.  Yet we cannot get congressional action on the matter.  There is no shortage of rhetoric from both sides – which on the right is simply unabated criticism of President Obama regardless of what he does- but no Congressional action.  Many Americans across the political spectrum are tired of Congress abdicating its responsibility.  Continue reading

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An Article Review: Subject Education

One of the first things I do almost every morning is search the online versions of the New York Times and the Washington Post.  On very rare occasions I review a specific article – today is one of those rare occasions.  The headline, “Proposed Texas textbooks are inaccurate, biased and politicized, new report finds,” caught my eye.  Valerie Strauss’ almost 7,000 word effort, (which was originally posted on September 12th,  although I didn’t read it until the 15th), is one part scary and an equal part well worth the time to read! Continue reading

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We Choose The Judge

For about 48 hours in 2016 the national conversation will be about how important the Presidential contest is because the President gets to nominate Supreme Court Justices.  This is actually one of the most important powers of the presidency because of its long term effect.  Every four years it gets its two days of attention and then completely fades from the American radar screen.  This year’s Senate races have a similar repercussion and I doubt it has even crossed most voters’ minds. Continue reading

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More Chickens Than Pigs

I remember sitting in a sales meeting years ago when the speaker told a story about the bacon and eggs breakfast.  He said the chicken was involved, but the pig was committed.  He was trying to inspire us to push his product more.  It probably motivated some of the other sales reps in the room but it did nothing for me.  However I walked away with a neat story that is applicable to one of my misgivings about the ISIS initiative that President Obama introduced to the American people Wednesday night. Continue reading

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Proof Of A Purchased Party

The effort to amend the Constitution to reverse the Citizens United decision died in the United States Senate on Thursday.  It clearly illustrated the difference between the Parties and that money is speech in America; especially when you are talking about a lot of it and it funds your campaign.  Continue reading

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Rice Is Not The Answer

America’s favorite sport is football.  In the fall many Americans’ weekends are dominated by the sport.  Friday night its high school football, (especially in the South), Saturday they watch the colleges battle on the gridiron and Sunday would be incomplete without a 1pm game followed by a 4pm starter, sometime a nightcap of Sunday night football is thrown into the mix.  As if that weren’t enough there is an occasional Thursday night contest and how else to decompress from that first day of the workweek other than Monday Night Football?  The Thursday, Sunday and Monday “football fixes” are provided by the National Football League, (NFL).  Continue reading

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