LePage, GOP use stealth to target social programs

Republican policy maintains government has grown too large and should be cut back.  Not only should it get out of the way of business, but also a reduced government would allow for generous tax cuts. That sounds like a simple proposition to tame a government that issues too many regulations and pursues goals that could […]

This election is not about the economy

There are at least three big myths about the economy in this year’s political campaign. In 1992 campaign, strategist James Carville highlighted the key issue for the Clinton staff, saying, “It’s the economy, stupid.”  Though there’s a lot of talk, positive and negative, about the recovery from the recession, the economy is not the biggest […]

Discontented turn to Trump, but his tactics limit his chances

Conventional wisdom says that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, will lose the presidential election, because he embodies values and practices rejected by most Americans. Whatever the dubious polling reports at any moment, reputable and successful forecasters see him losing the electoral vote by a landslide. Hillary Clinton, the expected Democratic nominee, would win as much […]

Restoring national greatness – a false promise of change

Change is inevitable, and you won’t like it. That virtually ironclad rule plays a big role in today’s politics. When Donald Trump, the presumed GOP presidential candidate, promises to “Make America Great Again,” he is offering to repeal change that some people don’t like. They miss an America with such superpower strength it could do […]

Europe coming apart? Views of Mainer, former EU insider

At the European Union, then known as the European Community, I was one of the few Americans ever to be a staff member of the European Commission, its executive and regulatory agency. Earlier, I had been a student at the College of Europe, the post-graduate school that prepares high-ranking EU and national officials. Later, I […]