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July 31, 2017 2:17 PM

Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have the toughest job around. Somehow, Kelly must instill professionalism and discipline into a president and his staff who believe those qualities are for sissies. This will be no easy task. But it’s clearly necessary. Even Karl Rove – the master of the political dark arts who helped elect Republican George W. Bush president – has been lamenting the dysfunction in President Donald Trump’s White House.…

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July 25, 2017 10:05 AM

Scouts dishonor

We keep being reminded, and keep refusing to fully accept, that the enemy we have met over the past two years is not Trump, or at least not only Trump; it is us. In the torrent of condemnation of the president’s vicious, rambling, egocentric, lewd, outrageously political “speech” to the Boy Scouts the other day, insufficient note was paid to the fact he was pretty much a hit. The flower of America’s patriotic youth and…

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June 14, 2017 7:27 PM

Why can’t we get along?

It is so touching to hear denunciations of violence and calls for unity from men who owe their positions of power to gun trafficking, militarism, sabotage of environmental and personal health and religious, racial and national divisiveness. Perhaps now they’ll examine whether there might be room within their broad definition of the Second Amendment for keeping combat-grade weapons away from people who have no beneficial use for them. Perhaps they’ll look first to their own…

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April 28, 2017 2:50 PM

Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it offers the wealthiest Americans 50 percent of the tax cuts and devotes only about 7 percent of the trims to the middle class – and those…

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April 27, 2017 2:07 PM

Trump Tax Ideas – Real Reform?

We finally have an outline of President Trump’s tax proposals, but not the gritty details.  From what we can glean so far, the president wants to lower rates for everyone, including corporation. He wants to enact a big increase in the standard deduction up to $24,000 for married couples, gutting personal deductions other than home mortgage interest and charitable contributions.  Personal tax rates would be reduced to three brackets – 10%, 25% & 35%.  Corporate…

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April 25, 2017 2:58 PM

Goodbye and good riddance to HEA 1523

Gov. Eric Holcomb deserves applause for his swift veto of HEA 1523, the legislation that would have allowed public agencies to charge a search fee for public records requests. He joined his predecessor, former Gov. Mike Pence, in refusing to give public agencies another tool to obstruct public oversight. In his letter to House Speaker Brian Bosma, Holcomb wrote: “Providing access to public records is a key part of the work public servants perform and is…

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April 4, 2017 11:16 AM

The Indiana Electoral College

A few weeks ago, Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce unsuccessfully introduced an amendment to add Indiana to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. That’s the effort to circumvent the Electoral College by having states promise their electors to the national popular vote winner – once enough states have signed to give that winner the magic 270. In making his case, Pierce challenged majority Republicans: “How would you like it if we elected the governor based on…

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April 2, 2017 6:08 PM

Boomers vs. Millennials

As a member of the baby boom generation, I must come to a sad conclusion – the boomers have largely made a mess of things.  I can only hope the millennials will do a better job. We boomers grew up during the 1950s and 1960s.  We did accomplish some things, but on balance, we have provided America and Indiana with badly split politics and governmental inertia. There is some debate about how to define millennials,…

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March 26, 2017 2:32 PM

Mr. President – Do You Really Think Tax Reform Will Be Easier?

President Trump seems to be saying that the Republican health care idea didn’t work out so well, so let’s do something easier, like tax reform.  Our nation’s chief executive is likely to find an even riskier political mine field taking on taxes. First, let’s clarify that tax cuts and tax reform are two very different things.  Tax cuts can be part of tax reform, but just cutting taxes is not reform. If all Trump wants…

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March 9, 2017 5:34 PM

Sticks and stones, softly

I hope I’ll never utter sexist slurs against Kellyanne Conway or send death threats to Indiana Congressman Luke Messer, and I won’t bother to take up the free-speech sword on behalf of those who do. At the same time, though,  I don’t much feel much like joining the chorus of mainstream folks, liberal and conservative, who’ve themselves embraced the right-wing umbrage over these latest episodes of nastiness toward men and women in power who wield…

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