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The Expansion of Presidential Power

The Expansion of Presidential Power

Presidential power is one of the mysteries of the American political system, certainly not justified or suggested in the United States Constitution. The last thing the framers of the Constitution wanted was a king, an American George III, with the power to tax, to levy armies, to initiate wars. Yet that is our current system and presidential power is growing as the democratic spirit weakens under the pressures of maintaining world-wide hegemony. The ultimate presidential power: only the president can…

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Can Obama Do Change?

Can Obama Do Change?

Immediately after his election, President-elect Barack Obama was properly deferential to George W. Bush and the U. S. Constitution: “We have only one president at a time.” However, it has not worked out that way. Obama has dominated the news every day, with multiple press conferences announcing his teams of advisors and Cabinet appointments while answering questions on foreign and domestic policies. At the same time he makes personal appearances (60 minutes, Meet the Press, etc.) designed to establish close…

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How Healthy are the Candidates

How Healthy are the Candidates

If you apply for residence in a retirement community you will be required to furnish medical information about your present state of health as well as your complete medical history. That information will determine whether or not you will be accepted. If you are a candidate for president or vice president of the United States of America, with the responsibilities of commander-in-chief and the duty to execute the will of the Congress or vetoing their bills, there is no requirement…

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McCain’s Last Gasp

McCain’s Last Gasp

William Kristol, the neo-con columnist at the New York Times, has surrendered the campaign of John McCain. “His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s…McCain is doomed.” Obama’s lead in the polls is lengthening. He is far ahead on domestic issues although today‚Äôs stock market rally will help McCain by modifying the wave of bad financial news. Public concern about foreign and military policy, issues on which McCain is strong, continues to slide. Look for a shift in the McCain strategy,…

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Phenomenon, Phenomena

Phenomenon, Phenomena

When the pundits cannot explain a political development, they label it a phenomenon, often defined as an outward sign of the working of a law of nature and therefore beyond human control, or an extraordinary person or thing, and therefore deserving of our admiration and love. Barack Obama knows about phenomenon. For a year he was regarded as a super person by supporters and detractors. The nation hung on his words, few in number, “change, hope, yes we can,” that…

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President Hillary is Inevitable

President Hillary is Inevitable

Now that Hillary is really inevitable, the professional pundits are protecting their careers by opining that her election is not inevitable. But if you want to bet on Hillary going all the way, the legal bookies in Ireland will pay you only one dollar for every two bet: she is the odds-on favorite. Possessing a magic name, the best organization, the most experienced managers, the most connections to the biggest donors, her main weakness was her unfavorability rating hovering at…

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George W. Bush is Happier

George W. Bush is Happier

President Bush enjoys off – the – record lunches with favored journalists from time to time. One of the rules for the occasion provides for absolutely no direct quotations, but allows for reference to the matters discussed. At a recent lunch, Bush seemed more buoyant and especially interested in presidential politics and the 2008 election. He expects Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the Democratic nomination and probably the general election. He did not seem too perturbed by the prospect. He…

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Hillary Isn’t President Yet

Hillary Isn’t President Yet

My blog on September 22 warned that President Hillary might find it necessary to prove that a woman is tough enough, resolute enough, to be commander-in-chief in time of war. It took only four days for her to prove me prescient. On September 26 she voted in the U.S. Senate to brand the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization based on intelligence offered by the Bush administration that furnished the faulty intelligence that took us into Iraq. Senator Jim…

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Hillary: What kind of President?

Hillary: What kind of President?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the favorite to win the Democratic nomination for President. She leads the field in the polls of the key early voting states, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida. If she wins these states there will be a landslide. In the general election in November, there is every indication that the hungry and angry Democrats will turn out in force, while the Republicans, demoralized by scandals and policy failures, will vote in lesser numbers than in the GOP…

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MEDICARE FOR ALL

MEDICARE FOR ALL

The leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States have proposed reforms of the nation’s health-care system. The plans of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are similar in outline, but not necessarily in detail. Especially noteworthy is their retention of the basic system relying on business and insurance companies to finance health care. However, each candidate articulated themes contrary to the current basic system. They praise government – run Medicare for low administrative costs,…

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