One of the most difficult — yet most necessary — things in politics is telling your supporters “no.” You beseech everyone for votes and contributions during campaigns, hoping to receive enough of each to earn electoral success. If it works, you take office; those supporters then proffer their preferred policy prescriptions to the issues of […]
Hungry? I can offer you a round, red, big apple, or a big, round, red apple. Do you have a preference? If you say those two phrases out loud, you will probably find the first one hits your ear wrong. It is one of the “secret” rules of English; there is a “correct” order for […]
It’s a first step. No, not Gov.-elect Janet Mills’ cabinet announcements. Or the budget template that Gov. Paul LePage will leave on the desk upon his departure. Rather, it is the so-called First Step Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation supported by everyone from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, George Soros to the Koch network. […]
“Ready, aim, fire!” “We’ve done it, sir. The messenger has been shot.” That seems to sum up the current state of political discourse. This past week, a libertarian-leaning think tank released a report about Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare For All” proposal. The bottom line of the study? “Medicare For All” would cost the federal government […]
“And now we are engaged in a great civil war.” Abraham Lincoln’s words from the Gettysburg Address echo through the ages. That war — and the death of hundreds of thousands of Americans it brought — tested whether any nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal … […]
“The will of the people!” That is one of the rallying cries shouted over the past few weeks, whether in Portland City Hall or under the capitol dome in Augusta. Somewhat sardonically, it was also the name of a socialist revolutionary terrorist organization in 19th century Russia, counting Vladimir Lenin’s older brother amongst its members. […]
Who said “[w]e should have a government-run health program!”? Bernie Sanders or Paul LePage?