This Isn’t What They Had in Mind

The Estate Tax is not a new idea. The current iteration was written into law in 1916 and has stood, with variations, for 101 years. The tax has not put an undo burden on the wealthy as the share of wealth owned by the top 10% has steadily risen, … [Read more...]

Schools Should Be Cathedrals

The battle to keep federal funds going to public schools just got another advocate. An advocate that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was trying to use as a poster child for her fixation on spreading public money even thinner by offering federal … [Read more...]

“Whose Woods These Are I Think I Know”

The woods may belong to poet Robert Frost, but the crux is that Democrats have been lost in them since 2010. Basically, Democrats won only the White House in the elections between 2010 and 2016. They were satisfied with the big wins in 2008 and … [Read more...]

Loopholes, Deductions, and Quirks

The United States makes progress by taking baby steps. That has been my mantra in several columns over the years. It took all three branches of government using hundreds of court decisions, executive orders, enacted laws, and even a Constitutional … [Read more...]

Question–Don’t Assume

White privilege: Three shiploads of European explorers ramming into a continent that was already home to several million inhabitants, claiming to the world that they “discovered” it, and subsequently having that ridiculous claim validated. White pri … [Read more...]

Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

50 years ago this week, the Summer of Love was just wrapping up. For those who are too young to remember, 1967 was the year hippies took over an area around an intersection in San Francisco and made it the center of the universe for a few months. As … [Read more...]

Get DACA Off the Table

In typical style, Donald Trump created an unnecessary flap when he first announced an end to the protection for the undocumented folks brought to the United States as children who have grown up here, abided by our laws, gotten jobs, paid taxes, … [Read more...]

Dick Gregory: Comedian and Activist

Edgy satire is a staple of comedy today. We tune in to hear it on late-night television, and Saturday Night Live exploited the genre making tons of comics household names over the last 42 years. There is even a satirist in the United States Senate, … [Read more...]

Criticizing Democrats

There can be little doubt in any regular reader’s mind about my political loyalties. I’m not sure why I think I have the chops to opine with you because my track record for picking presidents isn’t very good. I’ve been voting since 1968 (voting age wa … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Has a Favorite Son

When I was employed in education we used to refer to people who had something to say about a lot of subjects, but knew little of substance as being a river a mile wide and an inch deep. Donald Trump’s river is an inch wide and an inch deep. Mr. Trump … [Read more...]