A Clear and Present Danger

Origin of the Phrase You might think the phrase, “A Clear and Present Danger” is only a movie title.  But it’s not. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr. coined the phrase in a famous opinion on freedom of speech. It defines an exception to First Amendment rights. He concluded that no one has a… More

Escalating Deficits and Debt

 A Growing Cancer in Fiscal Policy With the furor surrounding Trump’s impeachment trial, and the growing national security risks caused by his dangerous forays into foreign policy, most people aren’t thinking about the deficit and national debt. But make no mistake. Like a silent but rapidly progressive cancer, the unprecedented, uncontrolled escalating deficit and debt… More

Capitalism, Greed and Taxes

Capitalism’s Increasing Failure We live in a capitalist system that has produced great wealth for the country. But a large and growing percentage of our citizens no longer share in its bounty. The rising tide no longer lifts all boats. No, I’m not suggesting we dismantle the capitalist system, but we also can’t allow ourselves… More

The Sugar High from the 2017 Tax Cut Bill

The Sugar High in Children Few would deny the relatively immediate satisfaction of finishing a piece of sugar-laden cheesecake or dish of chocolate ice cream. But many parents share the common belief that providing too much sugar causes their children to become hyperactive. Yet numerous studies have demonstrated there is no scientific basis for that… More

Profiles In Cowardice, Greed And Deceit

Profiles in Courage In 1957, the book, Profiles in Courage—believed by many to have been ghost written by Ted Sorensen for then Senator John F. Kennedy—won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. The book was a series of short biographies of eight United States Senators who challenged the policies of their party to act with bravery… More

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Monstrosity, Outrage, Scam

Opinions of the New Bill Monstrosity, Outrage, Scam. These are some of the epithets used to describe the new tax bill now under reconciliation between the House and Senate, and they couldn’t be more descriptive. Scam First, this bill is not what it’s purported to be. More appropriately, it should be called The SCAM Tax… More

TAX CUTS – NO SENSE AND NONSENSE

Whose Interests—Country or Party? When is a political party’s interests more important than those of the country? When Republicans try to pass a tax cut that makes no economic sense and spout nonsense to justify it. The fallacious claim that this tax cut greatly benefits the middle class, not high-income taxpayers should be enough to… More