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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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It’s Not Lack Of Resources, It’s The Unions

As Congress began its final week, (well through Thursday anyway),  before taking five weeks off; on Monday the only significant legislation that appeared certain to pass both chambers and reach the President’s desk was a bill “reforming” the VA.  On the surface that would appear to be both a good thing and a no-brainer for Congress.  It is a no-brainer; something that does not exceed the mental capabilities of the Republican House Caucus.  After looking at some of the details it’s not as good as it looks at first glance. Continue reading

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Follow The Money To War

In the 1960’s a popular sarcastic expression on the left was, “War is good business, invest your son.”  It was part of the anti-Viet Nam War/anti-draft sentiment.  I was a very young man then; I’m a senior citizen now and except for the disingenuous “Invest your son,” part it still rings true – frightening so.  Continue reading

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The Ryan Recycle

Last week Wisconsin Republican Representative and failed Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan announced his anti-poverty plan.  While it wasn’t exactly the Ryan Plan 4.1, (I hope I’ve kept accurate track of the various and almost identical versions), it was just a repackaging of the same failed right wing ideas.  Continue reading

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A War Within A War That Doesn’t Want To Be Called A War

Normally the big political story of the past week sticks out like a sore thumb.  That was not the case for the fourth week of July 2014.  The impactful stories were numerous and decidedly bad news.  Many of them entailed complex topics.  That presents a particular challenge for someone who writes opinion pieces.  Coming up with a solution in somewhere between 400 and 1,000 words is impossible.  Today I’ll take a look at what many might identify as the world’s most complex political problem – the Middle East.  In fact I will zero in on one aspect of the Israel/Gaza situation.  Continue reading

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The Son Sets

The title of this article did not contain a grammatical error; I think we saw the end of a career in national elected office for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week.  It has been a challenging week for office holders of both parties and Cuomo is the most prominent of the Democrats.  Continue reading

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(Maybe Not So) Slick Rick

Florida Tea Party/Republican Governor Rick Scott has always had a significant sleaze factor surrounding him.  He is the only person I know of who took the Fifth 75 times during a single deposition.  His sorted past is well documented.  The fact that he was elected Governor of a state is almost as amazing as the fact that he is not in prison. Continue reading

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The More Things Change

The expression, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” comes to us from 19th Century French novelist, teacher and journalist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.  To a great degree it sums up what has happened to date in Georgia, but November could bring change. Continue reading

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Rick’s Not Too Quick (Witted)

I’m not aware of too many places where Texas Governor Rick Perry is being portrayed as overly bright.  There are few guarantees in life but one is that this is not a space where you will see it happen.  “Smart glasses” or not, he still makes George W. Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar; and that is a left-handed compliment.   Continue reading

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Kicking The Can Down The Highway

Congress is slated to take the month of August off which leaves just a few days to take care of any pressing business.  The Highway Trust Fund, which completely or substantially funds most major road projects in this country, is projected to run out of money before Congress will come back in session.  When you also include the factor that the weather is not conducive to road construction projects in much of the country during the late fall, early spring and winter the clock is really ticking.  Last week the House passed a temporary funding bill that would take care of things through May of 2015.  The Senate is slated to have that legislation come to the floor this week.  The President has said he would sign it, but labeled it inadequate in that it was another “Kick the can,” bill that just reassures the problem will be revisited in the very near future.  Continue reading

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Messaging

Messaging is an “inside baseball” term that campaigns use to describe how they intend to communicate with voters.  More specifically the verbiage they intend to use.  The conventional wisdom is to have everyone on the same page and the message as uniform as possible.  The Republicans are masters at this to the point that they literally sound like an echo chamber.  While that may be the way to coordinate your messengers and coalesce the base, I’m not sure it is the best way to persuade swing voters.  Continue reading

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