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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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Lame Duck Or Soaring Eagle?

The mid-term elections were an absolute disaster for President Obama’s Democratic Party.  As a result he will not only be faced with Republican obstruction in Congress; he will likely see a bunch of laws passed that he will be forced to veto.  The descent into unproductively started in the 112th Congress, continued in the 113th and I predict will see a new low in the 114th.  Looking at the numbers and recent history Obama appeared to be relegated to being the lamest of lame ducks.  The final outcome is yet to be determined, but he certainly isn’t acting like one!    Continue reading

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The Banishment Of Tom Coburn

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn figuratively snatched defeat from the jaws of victory this week.  His actions had made him deserving of enshrinement in Harry’s Hell for some time.  His failing health and personal, (not political), friendship with President Obama had long dissuaded me from inducting him.  This week, in his final days in the Senate, his actions proved too offensive to ignore.     Continue reading

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2016 Republicans: Dr. Ben Carson

I debated a bit about whether or not to devote an entire article to Dr. Carson.  He will neither win the nomination nor be the Vice Presidential pick although he will enter the race.  In the final analysis my readers don’t know much about him so dedicating a few hundred words to him seemed reasonable.      Continue reading

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Does It Really Matter?

Hopefully this is the last mention of the Cromnibus for a while at least. There was a provision that drove most liberals crazy, but it really wasn’t that big of a deal to me.  Still I owe it to my readers to discuss it.  I am speaking of the change in political donation limits.  Continue reading

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See You Monday

Friday evening as Mitch McConnell exited the Senate his parting words to the assembled press were, “See you Monday.”  The big issue before the Senate was the Cromnibus bill and a lot of us read into McConnell’s comments that a final vote would take place no earlier than Monday and the Senate would be adjourning for the weekend shortly.  Now I’ll never rightfully be accused of being a cheerleader for the Kentucky Republican, but I find it impossible to believe he was intentionally misleading the press with that statement.  Mitch is too smart of a politician to do that. Continue reading

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Crimenibus

It is Saturday afternoon December 13, 2014 as I write this article.  Thursday the House passed the so-called Cromnibus bill.  The word is a combination of “cr” for continuing resolution and “omnibus” for an omnibus budget.  I am choosing to call it Crimenibus because I think it is just a big bill that will eventually rob the vast majority of Americans in order to allow a privileged few to gamble with impunity. Continue reading

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Tortuous Torture Repercussions

The United States of America has tortured prisoners in the aftermath of 9/11 and it has finally admitted it via Tuesday’s release of the summary of a Senate Intelligence Committee report.  The admission is the good news.  The first step in solving any problem is recognizing that it exists and now all but the extreme right in America has acknowledged the existence of the problem.  Therein lies another problem: a significant portion of those in power in America are still in denial; and a subset of them plain doesn’t care.  Continue reading

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2016 Republicans: Rick Santorum

Most of my readers are interested in what I think will happen in politics; that is one of the major reasons they read my articles.  Everything is an educated guess.  I am far from the level where I have a bunch of inside sources calling me from Washington, London or Moscow.  There are no breakfasts with Barack.  Today I am looking at Rick Santorum’s 2016 Presidential prospects and I have extreme confidence in my predictions that he will run, he will not win the nomination and he will not be the Vice Presidential pick.     Continue reading

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2018 Republicans: Peter King

Today we continue with our series on possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders by looking at New York Congressman Peter King.  To answer the three questions, (will he run, can he win and will he be a Veep contender), the answer is no, no and no.  Let’s take a look at King and see why I’m making those predictions.  Continue reading

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Oil Winners

The world-wide price of crude oil has dropped lately.  For most Americans the immediate impact has been that it costs a few bucks less to fill up the tank.  While that is true it runs much deeper.  I live in North Carolina which seems to have gasoline prices pretty much around the national average.  Not too long ago I was paying over $3.00 a gallon and now it is just north of $2.50.  (My European readers are envious of either price.  I’m one of the few Americans who realize how relatively inexpensive gasoline is in this country.)   I’m not going to get into the reasons for the drop in crude prices or guess how long they will stay down; instead I want to talk about some of the repercussion, all of which are good for the vast majority of Americans.  Continue reading

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