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Occupy Effectiveness

Posted 19 November 2011 by
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Hooverville from west (June 20, 1933), from Seattle Municipal Archives

What does the Occupy movement want to accomplish? The Occupy movement gained the floor but lacked a clear agenda. Without a clear agenda, you never have a finish line to cross. It is not as if there are not urban encampments of the unemployed in US cities already.

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I’ll not drink to that

Posted 24 October 2011 by
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I'll not drink to Initiative 1183.

Initiative Measure 1183 seeks to turn liquor sales in Washington State over to the private market. It is the second time in two years we have voted on this. Initiative 1183 has several problems from my point of view without giving any advantages. Why give up what works well?

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Public service

Posted 5 April 2011 by
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Snohomish County Flag

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. This is a lesson understood on the Snohomish County Council. Why isn’t it understood elsewhere?

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Follow Ronald Reagan’s actions about tax increases

Posted 4 February 2011 by
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Official Portrait of President Reagan, 1981

In his campaign rhetoric, Ronald Reagan said we needed to reduce taxes and the size of government. Personally, I think it is time to do something closer to what Reagan actually did as governor of California and president of the United States.

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The Not-so-great Communicator

Posted 28 January 2011 by
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President Obama greets the Speaker of the House before the State of the Union Address

On January 25, 2011, President Barack Obama fulfilled his obligation by giving the State of the Union Address. If a President where always to get what they want out of their own political party, we would have a public (government) option in the health care reform bill. As a co-equal branch of government, Congress does what Congress wants to do. Because the State of the Union is a wish list only, the President has to sell the agenda in it. Today Mr. Obama seems to be at a rhetorical disadvantage to sell his agenda. What should be done about it?

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A prayer in darkness

Posted 9 January 2011 by
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A Prayer in Darkness

A contractor can be held liable if a construction site is not secured and a child is injured. It is also illegal to incite others to riot. Why should a politician not be held responsible for using violent speech?

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Something that can be discussed rationally

Posted 9 November 2010 by
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Kit Bond

Morning Edition had a story on November 9, 2010, about Hon. Christopher Bond’s book “The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam.” The tone of this interview was very different from what I have been hearing from most Republicans for the last ten years or so. Bond was respectful. He based his statements on personal study and reliable research. He had good advice for President Obama. And, Bond’s comments were not given over to fear and anger. It was refreshing.

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What goes around, comes around

Posted 3 November 2010 by
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Original Republican Elephant

These next two years should be interesting. That is, as Republican rhetoric meets cold, hard fact, we are all going to be living in Interesting Times.

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Cool Hand Luke

Posted 27 September 2010 by
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President Barack Obama

When one party controls the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, it is normal for that party to lose seats in the House and Senate. There has been worries about the Democrats losing control of one or both houses of Congress in a major setback in 2010. All of a sudden, it does not look like a major setback for Democrats in 2010.

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The haunting fear

Posted 4 August 2010 by
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H. L. Mencken said that Puritanism was “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Why do the reactionary among us have that haunting fear that government somewhere, somehow may hold the solution for our problems?

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Child soldiers

Posted 3 July 2010 by
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Was William Billings describing the facts when he wrote that British generals fled before our beardless youth in the Revolutionary War? Or, was he being boastful?

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Immigration and the American Nation

Posted 3 July 2010 by
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The Declaration of Independence

Refusing to pass immigration reform law was an issue used as a bullet point against King George III in the Declaration of Independence. Apparently the more things change, the more they stay the same. What do you hear in the Declaration?

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May Day

Posted 30 April 2010 by
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Because of what happened in Chicago on 1 May 1886, we all stop on May Day to remember those prayed for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

Oh, wait.

We do not honor labor on May Day in the United States.

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