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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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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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One Aspect Of A Larger Issue

My readers from the UK, (and that’s not the University of Kentucky for some of my American readers), will no doubt be happy to see me address today’s subject solely for the fact that it means Americans are somewhat aware of it.  On Thursday September 18th Scots will cast their votes in a referendum deciding whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or not.  While this has been far from headline news on this side of the pond, it has received some coverage and those who really searched are somewhat informed.  The issue is complex and polling indicates the final tally will be close.  Today I’d like to briefly explore one aspect of the issue.  Continue reading

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The Discussion Proves The Problem

Yesterday I read a blub in the Raleigh News & Observer which caught my eye.  It was basically an advance piece for the forthcoming book Billionaires: Reflecting on the Upper Crust by Darrell M. West of the Brookings Institute.  I may or may not read the book.  If I do and it merits listing you will find it on the Book Review.  That is secondary.  While the work is essentially one man’s opinion, it is telling that the book was written because the discussion of the impact of money in American politics exists.       Continue reading

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Yes, It Was Politics And Unfortunately Necessary

The big political news last weekend was President Obama announcing he would delay any executive action on immigration until after the November election.  Why this surprised anyone is beyond me; and why it was necessary is a national tragedy. Continue reading

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The Misrepresentation Of Small Business’ Interests

As many readers know my degree is in management.  It was earned decades ago but I kept a promise I made to myself way back then.  As a student I was required to do a large amount of reading and I promised myself that after I graduated I would read at least 12 books a year for my enjoyment. Somehow it became an extension of my education.  I will not deny that I read an occasional novel, but most of my reading tends to be non-fiction.  Continue reading

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Ambushed – America Bushed

The Middle East is a mess.  My opinions are more often than not controversial, but I won’t get much pushback on the prior sentence.  As has been the case almost since the day he took office, the Republicans are blaming it all on President Obama.  He overreacts, is dictatorial; while simultaneously is indecisive or leads from behind.  The fact that those descriptions are contradictory doesn’t matter to the always right but seldom correct crowd.  While the goal should be a stable peace, laying the blame where it belongs might clear some of the “clouds” from the discussion. Continue reading

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Where Ratings Trump Credibility

Tuesday evening Sean Hannity’s Fox News show featured Phil Robertson.  Robertson is the star of A&E’s highly rated show, Duck Dynasty.  Fox News accurately brags that it is the highest rated cable news network.  Duck Dynasty is among America’s most watched television shows.  It was a marriage made in heaven; however the results were anything but Godly or American. Continue reading

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It’s Yours; Just Pay For It Twice

Wednesday night I watched the Kay Hagan – Thom Tillis Senatorial Debate in North Carolina.  (It consumed an hour of my life I wouldn’t mind having back.)  It was very predictable and neither candidate drew blood nor committed a fatal blunder.  We’ll have to wait a few days for the polls but my guess is it didn’t move the needle and the race is still in the margin of error.  One thing came out of the debate that is being used nationally by Republicans and needs to be clarified here and now.  Continue reading

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