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Gordon L. Weil

About Gordon L. Weil

Gordon L. Weil formerly wrote for the Washington Post and other newspapers, served on the U.S. Senate and EU staffs, headed Maine state agencies and was a Harpswell selectman.

Congress should recapture powers it gave to president

Last week, a Washington Post editorial cartoon showed an elderly couple celebrating a man’s birthday. Nice. His name is “U.S. Constitution.” His wife tells him, “Some people are whispering about whether you are too old for the job.” A lot has changed since he was born in 1787. But the Constitution has stopped being updated […]

Simple Senate reform can end McConnell’s dictatorship

Note: This is the second of a series on how to reform the federal government without amending the Constitution. A single person now prevents Congress from taking almost any action, including even to consider a bill or a nomination. President Trump?  Another constitutional leader?  No, a mere party official – the Majority Leader in the […]

U.S. House of Representatives should be enlarged

There was once a legislative district shaped like a salamander.  Its creator was a man named Gerry and making more weirdly shaped districts has come to be known as gerrymandering. Every ten years, the U.S. conducts a census and, in most states, the party that controls the state legislature then gets to draw the congressional […]

Cutting taxes vs. health care for all: the voters’ choice

Here are three statements made last week. In a Democratic debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he wants a national system in which the government provides health care and there is no insurance. Washington Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen commented on the Democratic debates and concluded, “[T]here was one clear loser – the American taxpayer.” Billionaire […]

Separation of church and state slowly erodes

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a large Latin cross on public land in Maryland was no longer a religious symbol, but merely a tribute to fallen American soldiers of any faith.  Government was not giving special status to a Christian symbol, it ruled. This blurring of the line between church and state […]