Why Deny Climate Change

Devastation brought on by global climate change will continue and even accelerate.  Areas of the earth will become uninhabitable due to rising seas and droughts.  Perhaps new areas will become more habitable but all this means massive migrations and famine and war.  It means that many humans will not survive the transition. It is already […]

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The Fox News Formula For Building Fear and Anger

No matter if the topic or its impact is small or large, there is a formula to make it into an outrage.  If the matter is small, it is even better because there is lots of room to build towards outrage. An example from tonight with Tucker Carlson.  His piece began with the old claim […]

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Vote Like Our Freedom Depends On It

Our Nation is in extreme danger of losing our democracy.  Every single day this president makes statements indicating his intention to violate or circumvent our constitution.  There are daily attacks against the free press.   Today he announces his intention to end birthright citizenship as provided in our 14th Amendment by a simple executive order.  And […]

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What is White Nationalism

While my focus has been on the positive changes that can help our nation, I cannot ignore the current events and hate crimes.  So I must diverge and talk about the biggest threat to our democracy.  This is a short introduction to key terms and philosophy.  In the next entry I will discuss why this […]

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Rooted in Compassion

I have not been able to write in the past couple of weeks.  The ugliness of the election has been weighing on me heavily.  The concept of a New Deal is rooted in compassion and our constitutional right to equality.  It sickens me to see the president of the USA rallying people to fear and […]

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Radical Change

Some news folks are analyzing the Kavanaugh/Ford hearing and its intensity as a single isolated event in politics.  Some are linking it to the broader phenomenon of Trump era republicans.  But It is so much more. There has been a swift and distinct change in American politics, although it can be claimed that the grand […]

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Training and Education for 21st Century Jobs

A 21st Century New Deal would need to have education at its core.   We already have low unemployment.  What we do not have are enough good paying jobs.  We hear all the time that companies cannot find qualified workers.  So train people.  Educate people.   Technology and industries have changed.   Adults who lose a job are […]

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How Do We Pay For This?

A New Deal for the 21st Century would require many new government programs.  How do we pay for this?  Well for one thing we stop giving the wealthy big tax cuts.   America does NOT have the highest taxes in the developed world.  Not even close.  The tax rate for the wealthy is way lower than […]

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An Interdisciplinary Approach – not sound bite solutions

I addressed corruption and the need for comprehensive campaign finance reform first because it is needed to protect any positive advances that are not designed to help the rich and powerful. The core of a New Deal for the 21st Century is about education,  good paying jobs,  improving US infrastructure, health care and increasing prosperity […]

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Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform – part 2

In my previous post I wrote about gerrymandering and lobbying.  Now let’s look at the actual campaign finance ideas. So long as candidates have to raise money to run for office there is going to be corruption.  The rich and powerful will open their wallets and expect some sort of consideration in return.    The most […]

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