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Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. In a previous life he was one of the executive founders of Cisco Systems.

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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2022
2022 Midterms: 10 Takeaways The dust from the 2022 midterm elections has almost settled and it's time to consider what we've learned. 1.There wasn't a "red wave."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 24, 2022
Ukraine: What Happens Next? It's been seven months since Russia invaded Ukraine (February 24). It's turned into a remake of David vs. Goliath.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 9, 2022
2022 Midterms: 10 Observations Two-thirds of the way through 2022, the political situation is quite different than it appeared to be on January 1st. Then, Democrats viewed the midterm elections with trepidation; now, they see them as an opportunity. Here are ten reasons why the situation has changed.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 2, 2022
The New Civil War: The 50-year Conservative Plan The June 24th Supreme Court ruling nullifying Roe v Wade should not be viewed as an isolated event but instead as the result of a fifty-year conservative strategy to supplant US democracy with plutocracy. Although culture wars are an important aspect of this strategy, conservative SCOTUS cultural rulings are not the final objective but merely a stepping-stone to the ultimate goal: weakening the Federal System.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2022
What to do About Inflation Americans are not lacking for things to worry about: mass shootings, extreme weather, insurrectionists, and, of course, inflation. On June 10th, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the consumer price index had increased 8.6 percent in twelve months, the largest yearly increase since December 1981. Americans are very upset by the rising costs.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 3, 2022
Everything is Broken: 5 Interventions The horrific Uvalde massacre, and the Republican non-response, confirms what many of us have thought: the U.S. political process is broken. Not "strained" or "damaged" but rather "rent asunder." America's political process can't be repaired by applying duct tape. It needs reconstructive surgery.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 13, 2022
Ukraine: Putin Backs Down On May 9th, Vladimir Putin made a much-anticipated speech to the Russian people (Click Here ). Interspersed with familiar tropes, was a softer Putin message.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2022
Abortion Politics: SCOTUS Goes Rogue When historians look back on 2022, they're likely to characterize it as "the year of the big reveal." The year Vladimir Putin was revealed as murderous thug. The year Donald Trump was revealed as feckless loser. The year Republicans were revealed as the party of white male supremacy. The year the US Supreme Court went rogue.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 29, 2022
Ukraine: What We've Learned It's been more than two months since Russia invaded Ukraine (February 24). We've learned enough to be able to predict what will happen next and what the geo-political consequences will be.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 16, 2022
Ukraine: Republican Disinformation As the war in Ukraine drags on, it becomes increasingly apparent that one of the major parameters is disinformation. For example, the attitude inside Russia seems to be that Vladimir Putin's military operations are justified because Putin is protecting "the fatherland" from neo-Nazis. Pro-Putin propaganda has been disseminated throughout the world; It has infected Republican legislators.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 1, 2022
Ukraine: What Have We Learned? It's been five weeks since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The conflict threatens to stretch out for months; a resolution is murky. Nonetheless, we have learned several important lessons:
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2022
Ukraine: The Tipping Point It's been three weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine and the Western world is wondering: "How can we bring this horrible war to an end and spare the lives of millions of innocent Ukrainians?" We're searching for a tipping point; searching for a way out.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 12, 2022
The New World Order: Oil The February 24th Russian invasion of Ukraine has ushered in a dangerous new world order. In response to Vladimir Putin's intent to obliterate Ukraine, the US has formed a global coalition to isolate Russia. Crippling economic sanctions have been levied on Russia. This has impacted the price of oil.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2022
Going Rogue: The New World Order The February 24th invasion of Ukraine has ushered in a new world order. Remarkably, it's like that predicted by George Orwell in his book, 1984: three perpetually warring superstates. Putin's act of war has created a wall between Russia and most of the western world, with Ukraine, Moldava, and Georgia as disputed territory.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Ten Questions about Ukraine 2022 already seemed a grim year. Now we've added the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ("The hits keep on coming.") Here's my take on the key questions about this invasion.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 8, 2022
Coming to Grips with the Insurrection As we begin 2022, we're not lacking for challenges. There's the pandemic, climate change, economic turbulence, and political instability. A year after January 6, 2021, I had hoped that some of these challenges would disappear. That Republicans would accept that Joe Biden was lawfully elected President and those responsible for the January 6th insurrection were traitorous criminals. Sadly all of these challenges continue.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 24, 2021
Mean Old World (2021) As I write this end-of-the-year column, I'm reminded of the classic blues lyric: "This is a mean old world to have to live in by yourself." My hope is that this holiday season you will be surrounded by loved ones; that you weren't forced to live through 2021 by yourself.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 20, 2021
Should We Worry About Inflation? On November 10th it was announced that the consumer price index has increased 6.2 percent in twelve months, the largest yearly increase in thirty years. This announcement coincided with a Washington Post/ABC poll showing that President Biden's approval ratings have fallen again. What should we make of this?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 6, 2021
Lessons from Virginia The results of the November 2nd elections were not good for Democrats but the sky is not falling. Democrats still have time to salvage the midterms if we pay attention to what went wrong; particularly in Virginia.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 16, 2021
The View from the Barricades: The Labor Market If you're confused by the state of the US economy, you're not alone. Market watchers know that stocks are sending confusing signals. Some "experts" say we are in a recovery, other predict big problems. In August, consumer sentiment (Click Here ) hit a decade low. The unemployment rate is falling but tens of thousands of workers are leaving the labor market. What's happening?

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