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Working people, politics and Trump — Answer to a reader

Politics is politics, and to paraphrase the remark misattributed to Bismarck, “politics are like making sausages, not a pretty sight.” Trump, bombastic and offensive to some, is using populism and taking advantage of the disaffection and anger of American voters to get elected president. He did not become a successful businessman from idiocy and pomposity, …

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Death Taxes — Heavy progressive taxation and the erosion of rights of inheritance

Inheritance and estate taxes (collectively referred to as the “death tax”) are the taxes one must pay to the government to be able to inherit property or money following the death of loved ones. With inheritance taxes, the beneficiary pays the tax before taking possession of the money or property. With the estate tax, the …

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The World — Socio-economics and Politics: 2015 update by James I. Ausman, MD, PhD

Six years ago I was asked to address the Western Society of Neurosurgery comparing the candidates for President Barack Obama and John McCain. I was very blunt, but analytical about both, but my comments about Obama were not well received by the liberal audience. Unfortunately, what I said has come true. But people will forget that also. The …

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Fighting Lost Causes in the American Civil War

In the celebrated PBS series by Ken Burns, The Civil War (1990), Southern historian Shelby Foote provides excellent anecdotes that embroider the documentary. In one of these vignettes, Foote mentions a dialogue between a Confederate and a Union soldier, in which the latter asks, “Why do you fight?” The Confederate soldier responds, “Because you are …

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Obama’s Mid-term (Spring 2014) Report Card — Protecting the Personal Freedom of Americans!

A week or so ago we discussed Obama’s Mid-term Report Card on foreign policy. It was the opinion of most readers of GOPUSA.com that the sitting President received a solid “F, ” failing grade. Today, we look at his job of protecting the civil liberties and personal freedom of Americans; in other words, his observance …

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The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt by Scott W. Rasmussen

The Peoples’ Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt by Scott Rasmussen is a good book to initiate us as concerned citizens to the nuts and bolts of the process of getting the government budget balanced and the federal debt eliminated. The author, a well-known, respected pollster and regular commentator …

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