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The day was March 28, 2012.  It’s the day Congress officially — with both parties in majority agreement — killed the Simpson-Bowles Plan. This was a well-researched plan that could have: Reduced our debt while growing the economy Encouraged all segments of American society to sacrifice and work together to make our country truly great again. […]






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Perspectives on Charlottesville

by John August 14, 2017




Consider these points after Charlottesville. Alt-right white supremacist came to the rally armed. The alternate protests apparently did not. Virginia State Police were frightened about the white supremacists’ fire power. Sure, you can compare the driver/killer to the shooter at the GOP softball practice; both are mentally sick. The statue of Robert E Lee at […]






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What We Fail To See

by John August 13, 2017




The carnage and protests in Charlottesville illuminate what we have lost that was once fundamental in American society. It is so evident.  But we ignore it because we fail to understand history and instead listen to our political parties and special-interest bought media pundits. Here’s what they won’t enlighten or remind us about – that […]






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Maybe Bannon is the real Dark State: Devil’s Bargain Rolling Book Review 2

by John August 8, 2017




Just finished this fascinating book, Devil’s Bargain; Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green. This is the second part of my rolling book review; here’s the first. It is worth your time, especially now that Bannon seems to be in a White House battle with new Chief of Staff […]






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A Warning Should Go Off When You Hear Stuff Like This on Cable News

by John August 7, 2017




Jim Enright from Planet Boomerville had me on for a podcast about media bias and how to spot it. It got me thinking that a lot of us might need warning signs. You know, like your smart phone goes off to alert you.  Too bad smart phones can’t detect media bias. So, instead, on occasion […]






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Bannon Genius: Devil’s Bargain; Rolling Book Review 1

by John August 2, 2017




I’m about 1/3 through Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green . It is a fascinating, easy read; well written.  Granted, you have to be a political junkie to want more of this.  It is also a good re-telling of the historic 2016 campaign; there is plenty […]






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Rolling Book Review: An American Sickness Part 2 Solutions

by John July 26, 2017




I just finished this great book, An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal. Clearly, most doctors, hospitals, and drug companies won’t think the same.  They don’t want you reading this because, as Rosenthal pointed out earlier, a lifetime of treatment creates more profit rather than a cure. Rosenthal explains what is wrong with our healthcare system: […]






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The GOP Presidential Candidate in 2020 Should Be…

by John July 24, 2017




Joe Maddon. That’s right. The Cubs’ Manager should be the Republican standard bearer. Yup, the Party of Lincoln should go to the bullpen in the proverbial first inning before things get way too out of hand. So, you’re going to argue that a reality show host is better? Is this tongue in cheek?  Maybe, but […]






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Book to Increase Heart Rate or Blood Pressure! Part-1

by John July 18, 2017




This is a rolling book review of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal. I am half way through.  Here’s why you should read it: It can be especially helpful during the Congressional funfest known as repeal and replace that shows neither political party […]






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If Congress Controlled How Baseball Was Played

by John July 13, 2017




Since you are without baseball for two days, and you are stuck with political drama on cable news, imagine if Congress had control of the rules of the baseball. The game would look like this. The team in the field would only have a pitcher and a catcher; no fielders.  The team at-bat would get […]






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