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IRS and political targeting: Phony scandal or phony excuse?

IRSRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 30, 2014 – The Internal Revenue Service has historically functioned as the glue that bonds Conservatives and Liberals together: No one likes the IRS. Unlike Robin Hood, who took from the rich and gave to the poor, the IRS takes from the rich and poor alike and gives to the inept (i.e., Congress). Correspondingly, its audit and confiscatory tactics would make the Sheriff of Nottingham pine with envy. Yet, it has finally found a way to split the country apart like so many of its sister agencies … Read more

Is it just semantics, or is ‘political truth’ an oxymoron?

SemantopolyRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., April 7, 2014 – Politically speaking: Whatever happened to the truth? In a country of more than 315 million people, you would think we could find a few good men and women who were familiar with that concept and capable of delivering upon it. Yet, we seem unable to attract a sufficient number of individuals with the character to turn the tide against the more corrupt, “win at all costs” mentality that permeates our political Parties.

Instead, we are forced to choose among candidates who promise the world, then deliver little more than a dirt path that leads to nowhere. It’s all about manipulating the system to maintain and expand the political power of their Parties while paying back the surreptitious individuals and organizations that fund the debacle … Read more

Filner, Spitzer, Weiner: War on Women or Ethics?

weiner-filner-spitzer-and-friends_s640x427RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 30, 2013 — Our Nation currently has three outstanding examples of the impact of clinical narcissism in American politics: San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner; New York City Comptroller candidate, Eliot Spitzer, and New York Mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner. Based upon their personal histories, these three would be well advised to get in line in front of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion if they ever visit the Wizard in the Emerald City. Filner needs to “get a clue” (just ask Nancy Pelosi), Spitzer appears to only care about himself, and Weiner tends to hide behind the political skirt of his wife.

Before we examine the individuals, let’s first discuss the “Rule Book” that politicians follow when confronted with such crises. There are five stages to negotiating sexual faux pas within the political arena that essentially parallel the Five Stages of Grief: Denial; anger; bargaining; depression; and acceptance … Read more

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