TIP 28: America The “Pretty Good”, July 7, 2019

American Exceptionalism.  That’s the head-in-the-sand term used by Trump Republicans to justify Independence Day intransigence.  We’re an exceptional country they claim, because of their values; their stuff.  Because they say, America honors free markets and laissez-faire social policy. Granted, our nation has been exceptional in many important ways.  But where are we now?  Has their […]

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Tip 26: Capitalism is Failing, June 9, 2019

These words, from center-left Brookings scholar Richard Reeves.  Among experts, he’s far from alone regarding concern, even pessimism. Why so? Do you remember the Great American Dream?  It used to be the notion that each generation would live better than any generation that had gone before.  But it now appears to be in intensive care. […]

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Tip 25: Boiled Frog Socialism – April 27, 2018

The boiled frog story was huge at the yellow brick church on 27th Street in Ogden, Utah.  The Sawyer kids entered dutifully during the 1950’s, but without parents.  Others had moms and dads accompanying them.  I felt unsupported, trying to figure out how the world worked; how I should act within it. There were important […]

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Tip 23: Who’s Scared of Socialism? (April 8, 2018)

Who’s afraid? As Republican President Richard Nixon observed almost five decades ago, we’re all socialists now, essentially. See Tip 22.   If you haven’t checked out a primo short on how socialism works, take a look at People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. Indeed, U.S. socialism may also be called American corporate […]

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Tip 22: Richard Nixon: “I am a Socialist.” March 28, 2019

Well, that’s not exactly what President Nixon said, but close.  The quote was “I’m a Keynesian now.” Previously Nixon favored less government intervention in the economy.  Now, if Nixon was around he would be branded by his own political party as socialist.  He’d gone so far as to propose a guaranteed minimum income for all. During the Great […]

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Tip 21: Socialism—Why are Conservatives so Afraid? March 18, 2019

Check out the short video (link below) describing life in socialist Denmark where people report happier lives (#2 worldwide) than the United States (#15 worldwide). Some American ultra-conservatives abhor socialism, even socialism so bland as when voters agree to tax themselves to educate someone else’s kids. So ask yourself: why do American conservatives run scared […]

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Tip 20: Ultra-Conservatives: Is Science Just “Alternative Facts?” February 15, 2019

Is it possible for Americans to exit the debilitating culture wars? Yes, but the path toward healing runs through respect for one-another in public places such as the Internet.  These places, city council hearings and Congressional inquiries included, are how we “meet in the middle” to form public policy governing all citizens, regardless of belief. […]

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