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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites such as Democratic Underground, Reader Supported News, Axis of Logic, Peakoil.com and in various countries around the world.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and a former business executive. His writings most often concentrate on the great dangers involved with U.S. foreign policy, the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process.
$5.2 Trillion Savings Projected from Medicare for All
That's $5.2 trillion that America can save by creating a Medicare system by which every American has medical coverage. This new system that will be far less wasteful and far more effective in the way it operates. It has the potential to eventually put America on a par with the best systems in the world.
Exploring the mindset of a typical hardcore Trump supporter
t's time for a bit of political satire. Let's begin with this question: how could Donald J. Trump, a man with a plethora of character faults, who surely will go down in history as one of worst presidents to ever occupy the White House, have so many staunch supporters?
Trump fires Sessions; America edges ever closer to a Constitutional crisis
Trump, on November 7, 2018, fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions submitted his resignation but there should be no doubt but that it came at Trump's request, or rather, at his demands. The Acting Attorney General Trump just appointed is Matthew G. Whitaker who was Sessions chief of staff.
The Founders' monumental Constitutional mistake; 2 senators from each state
As the Founding Fathers were creating the Constitution, including how the Senate would be constituted, they had to decide how many senators each state would have. They debated and agonized over this issue and then bent to pressure from representatives of the smaller states that wanted two senators for each state, regardless of size and population.
Monday, October 8, 2018(4 comments)
Republican chauvinists won this battle against women but won't win the war
Yes, they won this battle, "Republican chauvinists versus the women of America" by using their power and control to stifle the FBI's ability to conduct a thorough investigation. They were prevented from investigating all aspects of Doctor Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the exercise was a complete failure.
November 6, 2018; the mother of all elections will take place in America
By saying that this upcoming election will be the mother of all elections I mean that it is time for Americans to turn out in massive numbers and remove incompetent politicians, making it clear that they, not members of Congress, are in charge and will determine the direction that this country takes.
Friday, September 14, 2018(21 comments)
A vision of an America after its entry into a new, Age of Enlightenment
During the period, 1685-1815, Britain, European countries and, to a lesser degree, American colonies, went through what is referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, aka, the Age of Reason, that produced a radical reorientation in science, politics, religion, philosophy, journalism, and means of communications.
The albatross wrapped around America's neck
In the tale of the Ancient Mariner, there is an albatross that follows a ship wherever it goes. The sailors consider this bird a sign of good luck. But the ancient mariner, for reasons of his own, shoots and kills the bird. The sailors are horrified and they wrap the dead albatross around the ancient mariner's neck as a form of shame and punishment.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018(5 comments)
Critically important for Mueller to present "a" report by Sept. 1
It would be great if Mueller would present a full report on the Russian investigation soon. But if he's not ready to do that just yet then all he needs to do is present a preliminary report that informs Americans of what this investigation has determined thus far, i.e., a progress report.
Friday, August 3, 2018(14 comments)
Not "fake news", but too narrow in scope, needing greater depth
Our fake leader, Donald Trump, just loves to rant and rave about the "fake news" he says is being reported on CNN and MSNBC. Of course, Fox News gets a free pass since its hosts continually praise him for his supposed achievements. What Fox is presenting to the public can be thought of as "delusional news."