politics

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Broken Government & George Will - The Proud Madisonian

As my friends know, I’m a Charlie Rose fan (witness this earlier Charlie Rose post) and a U.S. political junkie. Over the last 15 years, with TiVo at the ready, I have rarely missed an episode. I’m also an admirer of the Pulitzer price winning, George Will, a level-headed, conservative-leaning, syndicated Washington Post columnist that

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Toronto G20 Protest Under My Window–Esplanade & Scott

T0ronto G20 Protest on Esplanade between Scott and Lower Jarvis Note: The narrated video above is hard to see because its dark. It is easier to see it on full screen. See the non-narrated version of the same event (below) taken 5 minutes earlier. It is a bit easier to see. A few days after

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Where Do You Diverge from the Pop Culture Consensus?

From time to time I find myself swimming against the current of accepted wisdom. Below are just some of places where I diverge from the pop culture consensus. I’ll add to this list as items occur to me. Where do you diverge from the pop culture consensus? —- MOVIES —- Jar Jar Binks I liked

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Can the U.S. Stimulus Package Work?

Of late, I’ve heard countless Republicans, Fox News pundits and others emphatically state that: Keynesian stimulus spending has never worked in the past; World War II was the sole impetuous for recovery after the Great Depression – not spending; and the New Deal had no ameliorating effect on the Great Depression’s high unemployment rates. All

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U.S. Job Losses – Current vs. Recent Recessions

  This graph speaks for itself! It shocked me! It puts into perspective the depth of the current economic downturn compared to the most recent 2001 and 1990 recessions. U.S. Job losses are almost double those of the prior two recessions in the same amount of time and already deeper than they were in the

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Biden as Obama's VP - Pros and Cons

Fresh off the announcement, these are my initial thoughts on the strategic pros and cons of Biden being named Obama’s running mate: (a note on my personal opinion at the end) Biden Pros: Chemistry: The chemistry is right. They have an established working relationship having worked well together on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (with

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Tim Russert - My Issue This Sunday

Tim Russert (1950 – 2008) believed that “being informed is the first job of being a good citizen”. I do too. For more than a decade I have watched Tim interview his guests each and every Sunday. I rarely missed Meet the Press. I was saddened to hear of Tim’s passing last Friday. I’ve been

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The Obama Fist Bump, Thumbs-Up Moment

As Barack was about to make his Democratic nomination victory speech, Michelle looked at him, fist-bumped, smiled a huge smile and gave him the thumbs up. There is something awfully wonderful about this picture. In a flash you see a couple that is truly in love. Truly supportive of each other. Terrific.