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[OP-ED]: Deficits forever?

 07/20/2017 - 12:15
The federal budget remains badly out of whack, even though we are near or at “full employment” (June unemployment rate: 4.4 percent). We cannot afford tax cuts; we need tax increases.

House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:57am

[OP-ED]: Trump: For the love of Putin

 07/18/2017 - 11:46
Perhaps Trump just admires Putin as a leader. Perhaps he has bought into his senior adviser Steve Bannon’s worldview in which Russia is not an ideological foe but a cultural friend, a white Christian country battling swarthy Muslims. EFE 

The latest revelations about Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign are useful because they might help unravel the mystery that has always been at the center of this story. Why has Trump had such a rosy attitude toward Russia and Vladimir Putin? It is such an unusual position for Trump that it begs for some kind of explanation.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 11:37am

[OP-ED]: Shame on CBS for its mistreatment of ‘Hawaii Five-0’s’ minority co-stars

 07/12/2017 - 16:42
The fact that this show is set in Hawaii -- where nearly half the population is Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander -- should have prompted executives to put more value in their Asian-American stars. youtube

I usually don’t get this upset over someone being underpaid, unless I’m the someone. But when one of my favorite TV shows appears to have been hurt -- perhaps gravely -- by one of my least favorite things, it bothers me.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 4:30pm

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