Amid all the open hearings with public comment that I missed, (I must have been preoccupied with spending my money on booze, women and movies), Congress is poised to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Trump Tower Tax Cut. There are a plethora of outrageous and injurious aspects that may well make it to the final version, among them is eliminating the mandate to carry health insurance. I predict that without a massive public outcry it will make it into the final version of the legislation. Let’s explore. Continue reading An Aspect In Need Of Exposure
I have never worn the uniform of my country’s military and at my age never will. I have almost never agreed with the missions they have been sent on in my lifetime. That being said I have respect for the service of our military personnel and feel safer going to sleep each night knowing they are guarding over my country. While we can’t give our veterans a blank check for the rest of their lives I feel we are not doing enough for most of them and certainly don’t begrudge them the benefits they are receiving. Despite their rhetoric, I can’t say the Republicans have that same respect. A distasteful example of that largely flew under the radar last week and today I’d like to expose it. Let’s explore. Continue reading Friends Of Veterans?
Perhaps it’s because my late father served in the Navy during World War II, but I have always had somewhat of a fascination with ships and to a lesser degree naval strategy. Mind you, it is a fascination; not an obsession and I certainly wouldn’t claim to know more than the admirals. It appears (probably by accident) that President Trump has structured his administration much like a naval combat group. Let’s explore. Continue reading Destroyer Escorts
To me one of the most important dates in American history is December 7th. This year we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which precipitated America’s entry into World War II. When thinking of what I could write that was fitting I decided that it would be a perfect time to enshrine our 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, into the Progressive Hall of Fame. Although he did not live to see the Allies final victory in the War, he inspired a nation through it as well as the Great Depression. Either one of those achievements would have been sufficient cause for induction; couple the two and it is very easy to forgive his human frailties and have him take his rightful place in the Hall. Continue reading The Enshrinement Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Progressive Hall of Fame was inspired by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Much like some of its most worthy inductees today’s Progressive Hall of Fame inductee is honored not for his total self, but for his work “on the field”. In his case the field was the floor of the United States Senate. Continue reading The Enshrinement Of Ted Kennedy