Assange, Wikileaks endanger independent press

Julian Assange creates problems. The Wikileaks founder does it not only by releasing stolen documents, but also by his own release from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange enjoyed Ecuador’s diplomatic protection, because he feared the British would send him to the U.S. to be tried for releasing secret documents.  The former Ecuadorian president shared […]

Trump seeks to end independent Fed

Remember the Great Recession of 2008? Thanks to prosperity since then, memory may have faded.  The steady growth in the American economy is largely the result of two-fisted government action by the president and the Federal Reserve.  They each used different tools. Increased spending on public projects can help turn the economy around.  It pumps […]

GOP deploys political “bluff” on Green New Deal

The country has been treated to a classic case of political theater, and few even knew about it. People missed the cynical drama staged by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mainly because much of the media spread what amounted to “fake” news. The story began in January when some newly elected House Democrats launched […]

Healthcare needs reform, not reckless cuts or impossible extremes

In the 2020 election campaign, healthcare looms as a major issue. Many Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicare.  Eliminating Obama’s signature policy and reducing Medicare are centerpieces of their effort to end Democratic “big government.”  They like the traditional system based mainly on insurance provided by employers. Many conservatives believe […]