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Since 2008 – Progress Through Politics

For Shame! For Shame!

The barbaric treatment of students engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience on the campus of the University of California at Davis has produced a pair of dramatic images.

The ones that appear above might become fixed in the minds of the public as iconic of the protest movement, like this one did forty years ago:

Conversations with Ted

Over the past year or so, I have had email conversations with a fellow whom I will call Ted.  We are both baby boomers.  Ted has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and runs a small consulting firm that his father had founded.  Ted and I have occasionally had clients in common.

Ted is registered as a Democrat.  I guess he could best be termed a Reagan Democrat.  He is very right-wing.

Our conversations have wandered into politics because Ted put me on his email distribution list.  He gets email messages from other people with a right-wing slant, and passes them on.  These messages are typically about the outrage du jour as hyped by Fox News, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the like.

Enquiring into a Candidate's Religious Beliefs

(The Risen Jesus appears to the Nephites.)…

Willard “Mitt” Romney’s adherence to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a matter of some discussion in the campaign for the 2012 Republican Nomination for President.  Rick Perry’s preacher friend, Robert Jeffress, has called Mormonism a non-Christian cult.  Jeffress has also said that one of the criteria that Christians should take into account in deciding for whom to vote is whether the candidate is a Christian.

Is it legitimate to take a candidate’s religious beliefs into account when deciding for whom to vote?

N****rhead: Rick Perry's Hunting Camp

The Washington Post has a story relating to a hunting camp in West Texas that Rick Perry and his father have rented for 30-plus years.

“I thought, ‘This is going to embarrass Rick some day,’ ” said this person, who did not want to be named, fearing negative consequences from speaking on the subject.

Is there a way out of this maze?

Speaking at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies, across the street from where Obama once lectured at the law school, Pawlenty contended his proposals – combining lower tax rates with an emergency freeze on spending – would be a “better deal” than what the Obama administration was offering.

“How are you enjoying your recovery summer? That’s what the president said we were having. But that was last year,” Pawlenty said. “Gas is nearly $4 a gallon. Home prices are in the gutter. Our healthcare system – thanks to ‘Obamacare’ – is more expensive and less efficient. Unemployment’s back over 9%. Our national debt has skyrocketed. Our budget deficit has grown worse. And the jobs and manufacturing reports are grim.


Later, Pawlenty told reporters if economic growth fell from his target of 5% to “4, 3, 2 or 1%, then we’re in deep doo-doo. We are in deep crap.”

Pawlenty proposed cutting the federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, coupled with closing loopholes. For individuals, Pawlenty said he was proposing a “simpler, fairer, flatter” tax system. Those who currently don’t pay income taxes wouldn’t be affected. But he would impose a 10% tax rate on the first $50,000 of individual income and on joint income up to $100,000. Income above those levels would be taxed at 25%, well below the current maximums.

Pawlenty of Hubris

Tim Pawlenty has thrown his chapeau (that’s French!) into the ring.

A Time for Truth

We need a President who understands that our problems are deep, and has the courage to face them. President Obama does not. I do. Announcing my Presidential campaign at a town hall in Iowa, I will begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth.

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Norm Magnusson's I-75 Project

Norm Magnuson has created an absolutely brilliant guerilla-marketing campaign for political ideas based on the historical markers seen along the side of the road in a number of American States.