Trump, LePage personal style undermines good government

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, supports Sen. Jeff Sessions, a GOP conservative, for appointment as U.S. Attorney-General, even though she and Sessions disagree on some key issues. Some Democratic senators, who would not vote to confirm him, say Sessions is a decent and courteous man who keeps his word. That’s praise from the opposition […]

Internet — new weapon of war undermines secrecy, privacy

At Burlington Electric, a Vermont utility, a computer has been hacked by a Russian organization whose footprint is well known because it has messed with so many foreign systems. The Clinton campaign was hacked by a Russian group, presumably trying to influence the election by exposing embarrassing, insider emails. A Chinese Army operation tapped into […]

Tax policy: all about the wealthy

Paul LePage and Hillary Clinton see one thing the same when it comes to taxes.  For the Maine governor and the defeated Democratic presidential candidate, it’s about the wealthy. How you treat people with lots of income is essential to tax reform. For all the politicians’ talk about corporate taxes being too high, they only […]

America at year end: the best of times or the worst?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So began “A Tale of Two Cities” by Dickens.  And so it is today. The presidential and congressional elections left a still sharply divided American electorate. For Republican conservatives, the federal elections meant a GOP president could allow the Republican Congress an almost […]

“Presidential facts” are a new fact of life

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.” This bit of wisdom has been attributed to Daniel Moynihan, a college professor turned U.S. senator. But it may now be all wrong. Defending statements made by President-elect Trump, a campaign loyalist said the  American people “understood that sometimes […]

Get rid of Electoral College? Impossible, but…

Abolish the Electoral College? It’s under attack, mainly because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote nationally but, thanks to the electoral vote, lost to President-elect Donald Trump. To many people, it seems unfair to deny the popular will. This is the fifth presidential election out of 58 in which more people voted for the loser […]

More deficits, debt make tax increase a sure thing

Get ready for a tax increase.  It will be a big one. We just don’t know when it will happen. The problem is the federal debt.  The government owes lenders outside of the government itself, the so-called “debt owed to the public,” about $14 trillion.  If President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his proposals and […]

Trump: take him seriously or literally?

Many people, mostly on the losing side of the election, are hopelessly looking for the reasons Trump and the Republicans won.  They want to blame somebody. The reasons why the election turned out as it did were clear well before the voting began.  Weeks ago in this space, I discussed two key elements of the […]