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They’re Not Making Many Republicans Like Powell Anymore for 10/21/2021

Confession: I used to be a Republican. I briefly became one years ago while living amongst the ultrawoke on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Their authoritarian diktats drove me crazy. And their narrow definition of economic interests as the rich versus the poor — with the middle class almost invisible — underscored their political naivete.

But another reason I became a Republican was that the party included exemplary leaders like Colin Powell, John McCain and George H.W. Bush. These men, true patriots, rejected the cheap moralizing of the increasingly strident right.

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Yes, Our Economic Problems Are ‘High Class’ for 10/19/2021

Here’s how TV news works: What is just an annoyance becomes a concern. A concern turns into a serious worry. And a serious worry is elevated into a crisis. Stoking anxiety is how they keep the public glued.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently got sucked into the cyclone when he approved of a tweet that called most of our current economic challenges “high class problems.” The view that some positive developments lay behind current inflation and supply-chain woes mutated into cause for outrage.

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A Jerk and His Job May Soon Be Parted for 10/14/2021

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a private employer to get rid of a worker deemed bad for business, he or she can. Such appears to be the fate of Jon Gruden, who resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders football coach after a trove of racist, sexist and homophobic utterings came to light.

An American has an unalienable right to be a jerk, within the bounds of the law. But a company has the right to separate itself from a public figure it feels sullies its reputation.

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So-Called Progressives Versus the Democratic Party for 10/05/2021

Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been all over TV trying to look reasonable with her ingratiating smile and syrupy references to the left’s interest in “negotiations.” At issue is the Democrats’ final number on its social spending bill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders was playing the sleazy salesman, inflating his original price to offer a discount. This took the form of noting that his $3.5 trillion figure was a markdown from the $6 trillion he previously wanted.

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Republicans Don’t Want to Pay Their Own Bills for 09/30/2021

This is not about what would happen were the United States to default on its debt. It’s about what occurred in 2011 when one party just threatened to let that happen.

A Democrat, Barack Obama, was president, and for crazy partisan reasons, the Republican leadership deemed it a smart move to play games with the full faith and credit of the United States. Wouldn’t crashing the economy sully the record of a Democratic administration and reward us at the polls? That’s what they seemed to think.

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Idaho Descends Into Body Bag Shortage for 09/28/2021

Set aside the specter of overflowing intensive care units in Idaho — or that the state’s emergency rooms are now choosing which COVID-19 patients to save and which ones to give up on. The situation is so bad that desperate patients are crossing the border into Washington state to find hospital beds, putting Spokane hospitals under siege.

Idaho’s coroners and funeral homes are turning away cadavers for lack of room. Meanwhile, victims of car accidents and other medical emergencies are not getting the usual attention. And people can forget about elective surgery.

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France’s Agony Over Sub Deal Couldn’t Be Helped for 09/23/2021

About France and its submarines: Australia’s decision to cancel a $60 billion contract to buy them and purchase American nuclear subs instead had to hurt. In response, France’s foreign minister called the U.S.-backed move a “stab in the back,” and President Emmanuel Macron recalled his ambassadors from both Washington and Canberra.

The backstory should take precedence over the drama flowing from the rift between America and its oldest ally. It centers on a growing alarm at Chinese aggression in the Pacific and how seriously the U.S.

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Republican Excesses Bring New Hope to Democrats for 09/21/2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s massive victory in California’s recall election should spray some water on overheated predictions that Democrats will lose big in the 2022 midterm elections. And that’s not the only source of hope for the Democratic Party.

Newsom’s win surprised few in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 2 to 1, but the size of the win — 64% to 36% — did. And of special interest to Democrats everywhere was Newsom’s ability to nationalize the election.

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Biden Applies His Bragging Rights to the Stock Market for 09/16/2021

“Biden’s Stock Market Returns Continue to Trounce Trump’s” reads a recent Forbes headline. Sophisticated investors know this, but most of the public may not because Democrats have this self-defeating aversion to boasting about bull markets during their watch.

That seems to have changed under President Joe Biden.

Recall how former President Donald Trump tied every record high to his alleged brilliance as an economic manager. “The Dow Jones Industrial just closed above 29,000!” he tweeted about six weeks before the 2020 election.

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Biden Applies His Bragging Rights to the Stock Market for 09/16/2021

“Biden’s Stock Market Returns Continue to Trounce Trump’s” reads a recent Forbes headline. Sophisticated investors know this, but most of the public may not because Democrats have this self-defeating aversion to boasting about bull markets during their watch.

That seems to have changed under President Joe Biden.

Recall how former President Donald Trump tied every record high to his alleged brilliance as an economic manager. “The Dow Jones Industrial just closed above 29,000!” he tweeted about six weeks before the 2020 election.

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No One is Forcing You to Get the Vaccine for 09/14/2021

Let’s be clear. No one has to get the vaccine. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for people.”

President Joe Biden did not change that policy when he announced stringent new regulations. Without a doubt, the rules strongly encourage — one could say “pressure” — vaccination for eligible Americans who haven’t gone there. But no one is being forced.

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