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December 31, 2010

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A TOAST TO A BETTER YEAR “We’ll take a cup o’kindness yet, For auld lang syne” was taken from a 1788 Robert Burns poem, set to music, and became a New Year’s tradition, combining nostalgia with positive perspective for the coming year. So here’s my 2011 “cup of kindness” wish list: 2010 featured an unpopular […]

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December 28, 2010

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FOOD SAFETY BILL ADDS TO DEFICIT The passing of a new food safety bill to monitor and inspect the growing of food in this country will require the hiring of 17,800 new FDA inspectors. Wow. New jobs for us, and our deficit grows. Of course, the new laws will make growing food in this country […]

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December 22, 2010

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FAILURE OF A DREAM Five GOP senators ensured the failure of the Dream Act, and they shouldn’t even think about spouting the hollow words of “compassionate conservatism.”  These five senators were leaning for immigration reform, but they stayed pat with the Republican block. Our nation grants “amnesty” and  “probation” to rock stars, pro athletes, politicians […]

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December 13, 2010

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NEXT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE My grandfather was a lifelong Republican, and he lived at Fair Play and Bolivar, Missouri. Obviously, he saw many presidents come and go. If he lived today, he would offer a little advice to today’s Republican Party. Two short years from now, we will face another presidential election. Old, entrenched politicians […]

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December 8, 2010

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DEFICIT PROBLEM MUST BE SOLVED Since 2001, the federal government has spent more each year than it has brought in, and these deficits are large numbers. They become more meaningful if we look at them on a per person basis. For example, the $1.4 trillion deficit this year means that the federal government spent about […]

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December 6, 2010

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HOSTILITY TO COMMON SENSE The GOP has taken its hostility to common sense to its ultimate end (“GOP warns: Tax cuts or else,” from Washington Post.) They will shut down government if that’s what it takes to let the super wealthy pay a ridiculously low tax rate. The Republican line is far more dangerous to […]