Failure of ‘The Art of the Deal’: the Wall, Brexit

President Trump and British Prime Minister May have something in common.  They consider themselves adept at what Trump has famously called “the art of the deal.” Relying on their self-confidence, each has made a promise they could not keep.  They lacked the skill to pull off promises that were, in fact, impossible to keep.  They […]

Trump creates damaging uncertainty

The biggest problem facing the U.S. is not immigration, health care or a trade war. It is uncertainty. The inability of business leaders, pension fund managers, foreign government heads, Congress and individuals to count on usual practices and policies has created deep worries. The stock market is not a reliable measure of all these concerns, […]

Congress, Maine need more, better term limits

Who needs term limits?  We got them this year without a law. Term limits are supposed to ensure turnover among elected officials, breaking the power of a few bosses and bringing in new legislators attuned to the popular will.  They don’t exist at the federal level, and the Maine version needs a truth-in-labeling review. This […]

Collins, GOP senators give leader great power

The country is torn by partisan conflict.  Many blame President Trump, but he is exploiting a split that existed before he took office. One person deserves even more responsibility for the failure of the parties work together – Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican Senate Majority Leader.  Winning partisan battles is his sole purpose. […]

Conservative judges not turning out to be partisan

President Trump is making the federal courts conservative.  The effect could last for several decades. With the flood of his judicial appointments approved by the Senate and capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, this view is widely accepted and feared by alarmed opponents.  For them, a “conservative” court means judges […]