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Month: November 2016

The Election is Rigged

“Nov. 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged.” (Donald Trump, August 1, 2016, Ohio) “Remember, we are competing in a rigged election.” (Donald Trump, October 17, 2016, Wisconsin) “It’s largely a rigged system.” (Donald Trump, November 8, 2016, Fox News) This is but a sampling of the many times over the course of the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump made the claim that the election was rigged. He warned of voter fraud and ballot tampering, and refused to state beforehand whether he would accept the results of the election. So, one has...

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Give thanks, Democrats

Many of us have moved past the shock of what happened on November 8th, and have settled into a grudging or even angry acceptance. It is what it is. Yes, Hillary received nearly 2 million more votes than Trump, but we all know that our presidents are not elected by counting the popular vote. We know how it works. Can we change the way it works? Possibly. Can we change it in time to put Hillary in the White House? Not a chance. That’s not where I choose to focus my energy. But even while we must accept what...

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Trump’s big infrastructure plan? It’s a trap.

As the White House official responsible for overseeing implementation of President Obama’s massive infrastructure initiative, the 2009 Recovery Act, I’ve got a simple message for Democrats who are embracing President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan: Don’t do it. It’s a trap. Backing Trump’s plan is a mistake in policy and political judgment they will regret, as did their Democratic predecessors who voted for Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts in 1981 and George W. Bush’s cuts in 2001. Read...

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Divided America: The New Civil War

I remember reading about the Civil War and about how brothers were literally fighting brothers as they took up arms for different sides. The 2016 election, to me, has the feel of a civil war. I am fortunate that I work from home. I was able to hide from the awful reality that, for me, became apparent at about 3 a.m. on November 9th. I imposed on myself a news blackout — something one can see as a bigger deal when you know that I am a self-confessed newsaholic. I used to DVR Morning Joe and ABC World News so I...

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Deflated and Hopeless

On Tuesday morning, I was full of optimism. We were going to elect the first woman president, a woman more qualified than anyone for whom I had ever cast my vote. I had total confidence in her. She has been accused of everything one can imagine, hauled before Congress, raked over the coals by the media, called crooked and nasty by her opponent, but still she kept going. She held her head up and smiled and was tireless in her fight for America. For my part, I was perplexed about what was making Trump supporters so angry. In retrospect,...

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