About this website.

The book, "America Adrift," is a comprehensive examination of the political, and underlying cultural, dysfunction in our country. It details how we can come together, regardless of party or ideology, to solve the critical social and economic issues we face as a nation. This website is a forum to discuss those issues so that together we can restore the promise of our democracy.

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America is angry. We are angry at government, angry at wealth and angry at politicians in general. We are also bitterly divided about the causes of our difficulties, the solutions and how to implement them. For some there is too much government interference in our lives, too much regulation and profligate government spending. For others, social issues are  [ Read More ]

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The sad fact is that our once “can do” country has become a country of “can’t.” We can’t have world class schools, good roads and bridges or adequate police and fire protection because we are told we can’t afford them. We can’t take care of seniors or provide universal health-care because we can’t even agree on these  [ Read More ]

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The current fashionable answer to what ails our country is to assign blame to Wall Street and wealth. After all, lobbying and money are polluting the political process as never before.  And we cannot overlook the carnage to our economy that greed, hubris and malfeasance in the financial community have wrought. It is also human nature that when things are not  [ Read More ]

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The recent blocking of the nomination of a second emminently qualified nominee, Richard Cordray, to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau by Senate Republicans, using the threat of fillibuster, has been referred to as the act of nullification by several observers. See the article by James Fallows, for example: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/12/a-process-that-is-running-out-of-control-the-new-nullification-crisis/249754/ This isn’t a Republican or Democrat  [ Read More ]

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While the Occupy movement may be an outlet for frustration for some, it regrettably antagonizes others and sometimes hurts those it seeks to champion. Although it succeeds as a lightening rod for the already converted, it is not alleviating the division in our country. We need to be focusing on the problems that underly our national dysfunction. Wall Street is a manifestation  [ Read More ]

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Respected journalist Bill Moyers recently gave a hugely informative speech entitled “How Wall Street Occupied America.” See it at:  http://www.thenation.com/article/164349/how-wall-street-occupied-america. While America Adrift details the broader corporate/oligarchic usurpation of our democracy, the Moyers article is must reading as a detailed account of the strategy and implementation of the takeover by corporate interests. Moyers is just  [ Read More ]

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When things don’t go your way in politics, spin it differently. Frank Luntz, a Republican consultant and Fox news commentator gave Republicans the following guidance when dealing with the fallout from the Occupy movement: 1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’ “I’m trying to get that word removed and  we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free  [ Read More ]

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There’s the story about the man who fell out of a window on the 80th floor of a building. He was heard to exclaim as he passed the 50th floor, “So far, so good.” Like the falling man we know we are in trouble, but haven’t a clue how to save ourselves. There are demonstrations and  [ Read More ]

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No, that’s not a typo about the Occupy movement. 9% is the current popularity level for Congress; the lowest level since Gallup began keeping tabs. The surprising thing in that statistic is that 9% of our populace still thinks positively of Congress. Maybe the folks in Congress have lots of friends and relatives. The latest piece  [ Read More ]

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Ideology and belief are dividing us as a nation and diverting us from a focus on addressing our critical needs as a country. We compound the problem with labels, such as liberal and conservative, leftist and right winger, that prejudge complex people and ideas. Such labels cut off dialogue and understanding before it can even  [ Read More ]