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I am politically left of center, tempered by respect for some of the thought on the right. It's the partisan intransigence I have opposition to and always try to frame my commentary from a thoughtful rather than outraged point of view. God knows there is enough to be outraged about, but that doesn't serve a useful purpose. We need coming together, not further distance.
I'm not young, having lived in portions of eight decades, but it gives me a sense of perspective, having experienced a goodly part of our history. I was there before TV, there when Wall Street gave sound advice, there when we knew our neighbors and banks were local. Many of my readers were alive and working before the internet, Wal-Mart and McDonalds--but damned few personally remember FDR, Truman and Eisenhower.
It's been a wonderful experience, but I have never had reason to fear for the future of my nation and I'm very deeply concerned at the moment. Essentially a novelist, I felt the Clinton impeachment and Bush administration left me little choice but to set aside fiction and speak out publicly. That's not a choice I regret, but I am sad for the circumstances that require it.
(1 comments) Thursday, March 21, 2013 The Senate, "Getting Something on the Floor' and Trusting it's not a Dead Child.
Thus we arrive at Harry Reid's Tuesday announcement that Diane Feinstein's assault-weapons ban did not have the support of enough members to get it through the Senate as part of the gun control bill. A bi-partisan shortfall, the blame for this one can't fall entirely on Republicans. Paraphrasing Reid, "I have to get something on the floor that will pass and this isn't it."
(25 comments) Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Path to Citizenship, or Ship to Nowhere?
The Senate, in what they tell us is a bipartisan plan for immigration reform, cloaked its partisan nature behind something they euphemistically call "a path to citizenship."
(1 comments) Monday, January 21, 2013 Liar's Poker at the Federal Reserve--"Can't anybody here play this game?"
That quote's attributable to Casey Stengel, expressing his frustration over his team's spectacular ineptitude. Spectacular ineptitude is exactly the phrase that defines Ben Bernanke's chairmanship of the Federal Reserve throughout the Fed's stumbling, blundering support of special interests relating to the 2007 financial meltdown.
(2 comments) Thursday, December 20, 2012 Fear of the "Fiscal If"
Something must be done, they all rant and by something, they mean their particular something. The better question is should something be done? This not-so-humble commentator thinks no, nothing should be patched together in a last-ditch effort to avoid enforcing the Budget Control Act.
(3 comments) Wednesday, November 7, 2012 The Fat Lady Finally Sang
I view this as a watershed victory, without ironic reference in to Hurricane Sandra. Old white America has finally lost its 236 year grip on the nation and its politics.
(18 comments) Tuesday, March 16, 2010 ARRIVAL TIME, 2010; A VIABLE THIRD-PARTY OPTION
No matter how you break it down, or whose numbers you care to adhere to, a growing number of Americans are leaving their Republican or Democrat tags to declare themselves independent. Most figures hover at approximately 40%.
(2 comments) Wednesday, July 16, 2008 SAM ZELL'S HEROIC DECONSTRUCTION OF ICONIC NEWSPAPERS
Maybe Zell, the man with small-time ethics wrapped in a big-time ego, sees himself as a Murdoch impersonator, but both the LA Times and Chicago Tribune are dissolving under his ego and inorance. If his idea is to save news by killing off reportage and investigative journalism, he's on the wrong track.
(3 comments) Monday, March 10, 2008 Smash the Presses Before Ben Bernanke Starts Printing
We are no longer a capitalist society and have not been one for some years now. We are an interest-rate dependent consumer society and the sole, wheezing, smoking engine left to support that house of cards is consumer confidence. Essentially, the American dream has become a confidence-game (noun: a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property).