Monthly Archives: January 2018

Can we manage our future?

I once read an account, probably mostly mythical, concerning rejection of unwelcome technology. As I remember, it went like this: Portuguese traders brought primitive firearms to sixteenth century Japan. A firearm industry sprang up there; gunmakers mastered their trade. Japanese … Continue reading

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Fire all

…my administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA. employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve. —DJT So tonight I call on Congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and … Continue reading

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The State of the District: NY-23

Tom Reed won’t give a State of the District message. Here is what he might say if he did: We recently hosted a town hall in Chemung with Nucor employees on the positive impact of tax reform. Already we are … Continue reading

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Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…–Robert Frost Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it–DJT A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.   In … Continue reading

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The State of the Union

On Tuesday, we will hear a fairy tale. Here is the real “State of the Union.” Doomsday clock closer to midnight. Looming Constitutional crisis–President suspected of obstructing justice, said to have fits of rage. Congress dysfunctional. President attacking our free … Continue reading

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Funding the Government – Act IV

Rep. Capuano (D-MA) wrote on January 26, 2018: On Monday the House and Senate passed a fourth short-term spending bill to reopen the federal government, this time through Thursday February 8th. While round 4 of the budget battle is over – round … Continue reading

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Immigration reform

On Jan. 26, 2018, the daily e-mail from the White House includes this: White House releases framework on immigration  The White House released a framework on immigration reform and border security yesterday to support Congress’ effort in the coming weeks … Continue reading

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Another County Endorsement on Saturday

    According to the Olean Times Herald, Cattaraugus County Democrats will meet on Saturday (January 27) and has invited four of the seven Democratic Candidates:   Max Della Pia of Tioga County Ian Golden of Tompkins County Tracy Mitrano … Continue reading

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Tom’s day

It’s just a typical day.–Tom Reed, Jan. 24, 2018 Reporter Katrina Fuller, writing in the Jamestown Post-Journal, gives us an unusual insight into Tom Reed’s day in his legislative district, NY-23. Paradoxically, we learn much with much more still hidden. … Continue reading

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How might it end?

“I am not a crook.”–President Richard Nixon denied any involvement in the Watergate scandal–November 17, 1973. ##### How might the Mueller Investigation end? One could speculate: It might end with a report with findings and recommendations. Additional persons might be … Continue reading

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