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The State of The States Address “Coming To A Theater Near You”
State constitutions versus The Bill Of Rights.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – August 8, 2013
Every January, our president delivers a "State of the Union" address to the joint houses of Congress. He is not given an opportunity to deliver a "State of the State" address, presumably because states in our country enjoy "states rights."
Legislating modern morality in the face of The U.S. Constitution.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – December 20, 2012
The cat is already long out of the bag! In recent years, the misuse of political power in our nation interferes with our government's ability to generate effective policies, and we need to find more moral and effective ways to engage this wonderful thing we call the U.S. Constitution, or ... Read ArticleThey Do It Much Better In High School (Debating)
The 2012 Political Debates come up long on politics and short on honesty.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – October 30, 2012
In 1858, when the Lincoln-Douglas debates for the senate in Illinois were held, the format was simple and strict. One candidate, Douglas, the incumbent, spoke first for 60 minutes, then Lincoln spoke for 90, and Douglas got a 30-minute "rejoinder." Read ArticleWill Someone Please Increase My Taxes!
Tax Inequities, Tax Fairness, Major Corporations and the Citizens United Decision
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – September 26, 2012
The article began:
"Last November, Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issued a major study of the federal income taxes paid, or not paid, by 280 big, profitable Fortune 500 corporations. That report found, among other things, that 30 of ..." ... Read ArticleHonest Fair Elections and Honest Campaign Ads in New York!
The importance of fundamental campaign reform.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – June 14, 2012
Since Andrew Cuomo became Governor of New York, good government groups, unions, religious and interfaith organizations and national organizations have been urging him to work with New York lawmakers to create a viable voluntary system of public financing for political campaigns. If New York's governor were actually to prioritize passage ... Read ArticleReflections on the Earnest “Pursuit Of Happiness”
Defining Life, Liberty and the Real Time Pursuit of Happiness.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – May 17, 2012
When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you may find yourself forced to acknowledge that, at best, they could only have partially succeeded in doing so and could do no better today ... Read ArticleConfessions of a Nightly News Junkie
Human values and the battle between the media giants.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – February 14, 2012
There are always people who say they hate politics and never watch the news. At the opposite end of the spectrum are people who are obsessed with a particular party or who devour the news with a curious brand of gusto, as well as people who pay attention to what ... Read ArticleI'm Voting Against The Other Guy
That moment when you cast your vote for a candidate to defeat his opponent.
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – January 31, 2012
During a recent interview on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Newsweek's Andy Newman asked Lawrence whether back in his school days he'd been one of the kids who ran for student council, and Lawrence said "no." But he said he remembered those kids ... Read ArticleGive Me Back My Money, I'll Make Something Happen
We employ our politicians, so why don't they work for us?
By Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen – January 25, 2012
Something politicians seem to avoid considering, and that President Obama's State of the Union address brings to mind, is that the funds our politicians are using to run our country, pay their salaries and buy their health insurance is money that is ours, and they shouldn't be using it to ... Read Article
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Why Americans Hate Politics