The Real Art of the Deal

“It is the politician’s task to pass legislation, not to sit around saying principled things.” -- Lyndon Johnson to biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin in Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Johnson was the master deal-maker who would never have considered an extra-legal maneuver like invoking emergency powers to divert funds from already appropriated projects to... Continue Reading →

A Shift From Zealotry to Pragmatism?

"Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.” -- Senator John McCain (R-AZ), casting the deciding vote killing the Republicans' extremely flawed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. As Donald Trump and... Continue Reading →

Why Lincoln Matters, By Mario Cuomo

Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever is a book by former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, published in 2004. It addressed such issues as pre-emptive war, taxes and religion in politics. Cuomo pointed out that Lincoln never belonged to an organized religion or joined a church and seemed to be a rationalist rather than a conventional... Continue Reading →

The Moral Test of Government

"[T]he moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped." --Hubert H. Humphrey Other quotes from Humphrey: "The road... Continue Reading →

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