Certainty about facts, opinions, positions and the future is something common to politics. The chances of someone getting elected based on a platform of the reality that nothing is certain are nil. We are a culture that prizes certainty over honesty, humility or reality. Uncertainty is a weakness, indeed sinful. Yet if anything is certain […]
Addictions are the hot topic lately, what with famous figures populating rehab facilities like some of us take vacations, the psychological community debating what is and what is not an addiction, and the question of whether behavior is by choice or by nature. I would like to add a category that in my opinion is […]
The Supreme Court has put what will prove to be the nearly final nail in the coffin of democracy in its 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by removing limits on corporate campaign contributions. While the latest blow came from a Roberts Court, the underpinnings of this disaster go all the way […]
The sky is falling and the Obama era is over already. Maybe, maybe not. it is my opinion that a mental illness runs through the American public form time to time. The root of this illness is fear and its handmaiden is intellectual laziness.
When stimulated by certain key phrases and words, this illness metastasizes and becomes dominant in the culture.
It is my opinion that most people only dimly know what is going on in government, are too lazy to really dig in and find out, so they latch onto whatever sounds good at the moment. Then, like a school of fish, they follow the buzz and suddenly a “truth” emerges.
All those of you who have large accumulations of wealth can die this year. Well, what I mean is if you do happen to die, there won’t be any federal estate tax liability. That is right, no “death tax” at all.
On the pages of Capitol Hill Blue, all across the internet and cable television, we are told that President Obama is a failure, he has lost support, and that he really is George Bush light. We are told that health care reform is dead, that financial regulations are not going to be imposed, and that essentially the Obama administration has done nothing in it’s 11 months. Of course, the facts are quite to the contrary, but if anyone says that they are naive, partisan or simply demented. Poppycock.