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Deep State: The Mask is Slipping

Deep State: The Mask is Slipping

by Phil Erwin The namesake host of FOX’s The Story with Martha McCallum made an interesting observation: Two years ago, when candidate Trump was ten primaries up on his way to the Republican nomination, he was so unpopular, even so hated among rank-and-file Conservatives, he could not even show up at the annual Conservative Political […]

Gun Control: The Solution? Or a Distraction?

Gun Control: The Solution? Or a Distraction?

by Phil Erwin   The latest gun assault against unarmed Americans has triggered a new wrinkle in the age-wrinkled debate over gun rights. Over the weekend, student-survivors of the Parkland, Florida school attack showed up on camera proclaiming that Something’s got to be done! And “they” (or someone who knows how to use “they” as […]

Memo to Mueller: Time To Go!

Memo to Mueller: Time To Go!

by Phil Erwin Well, “The Memo” has been released, and everybody in newshound-land is chattering incessantly about what it “means.” Republicans are convinced it “proves” that Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into “collusion” between Russia and the Trump team is a bogus political witch hunt. Democrats are equally convinced it “proves” that Republicans are Hell-bent on […]

To Wall, or Not To Wall? That is NOT the Question!

To Wall, or Not To Wall?  That is NOT the Question!

by Phil Erwin The decades-long debate over how we should, as a nation, manage immigration across any of our borders is really about how to augment our existing population, and how – and whether – to share our resources with people from elsewhere. I wrote that sentence with care to highlight what the concept of […]

“Russia-gate”: Worse than Watergate? Oh, you betcha!

“Russia-gate”: Worse than Watergate? Oh, you betcha!

by Phil Erwin Watergate is just a dim memory of endless political blather for many who lived through that contentious era. Without the “gate” suffix, younger Americans wouldn’t even recognize it as political scandal, even though Watergate actually started the “gate”-as-scandal convention. But last week’s news that there is a momentous “memo” hiding in Washington’s […]

Did Trump Really Say That? Should we Impeach him or really, does it Matter?

Did Trump Really Say That? Should we Impeach him or really, does it Matter?

by Phil Erwin OMG!! Did you hear what the President just said?!?? OMG, OMG, let’s impeach him!!! So, I imagine, went the tweets of reporters, one to another, when word leaked out about “The Word!” supposedly used by President Trump to describe a certain, shall we say, class of country while in the midst of […]

Are We a Nation of Laws or Immigrants? The Battle lines are drawn in the Sanctuary State

Are We a Nation of Laws or Immigrants?  The Battle lines are drawn in the Sanctuary State

by Phil Erwin      For all of American history, two maxims have identified and celebrated fundamental truths about America: Democrats fervently recite that “We’re a nation of immigrants!” while Republicans remind us that “We’re a nation of laws!” We are the most welcoming nation in the world, and see our heralded cultural diversity as […]

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: What’s True?

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: What’s True?

by Phil Erwin   So, you ask: Just what the Hell is a “Bitcoin”? Good question. I could tell you, “It’s an implementation of blockchain technology.” True, but not very helpful. Or I could tell you, “It’s a kind of money that’s stored in computers.” Not entirely inaccurate, but not all that helpful, either. Do […]

Sex Stories: Should Voters Even Care?

Sex Stories: Should Voters Even Care?

 by Phil Erwin Observers of the American political scene might be wondering if our once Puritanical culture has gone all hyper-sexed. Two decades go, when our national news was overwhelmed with an Impeachment process stemming from assorted allegations, innuendo and a few DNA blotches, the impetus – Bill Clinton’s sexual misbehaviors – seemed an outrageous […]

Is Bigger (Government) Always Better?

Is Bigger (Government) Always Better?

by Phil Erwin There is a truism in the world of business that “bigger” is always “better.” (It has to do with notions like “economies of scale” and “expanding markets.”) Similarly, in politics there is also a tendency among some to assume that “bigger” implies “better”; that more government means “progress” in dealing with problems. […]

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