American Politics

American Politics

Protest obscures epochal event

October 12 is Columbus Day, and this year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus in the islands of the Western Hemisphere. 

The state of Colorado, in 1907, was the first to declare Columbus Day a legal holiday. Pueblo, in 1905, was the first to unveil a monument to Columbus. The rest of the nation followed suit when Columbus Day was established by presidential proclamation in 1937. 

"Lone Eagles" nest in the West

"Lone Eagles" is our name for a growing group of freelance professionals who are abandoning life in large cities and their positions in the 9-to-5 world (usually in large corporations) to move back to small town America or an adjacent rural area. 

Industrial policy strips the gears

Bill Clinton says we need a national "economic strategy" to revitalize the U.S. economy. Ross Perot speaks with admiration of the "coordinated" way the Japanese seem to run their economy and advocates a similar approach to "reindustrialize" America. Favorable stories on "industrial policy" have been given prominent attention by the national media. 

Missing in Rio: Let freedom rip

At the recent Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, President Bush and the U.S. government were said to be "isolated," "out of sync," with the world community, "out of step" and "going against the tide of history." 

In fact, the opposite is true. It was the Earth Summit and the United Nations Summiteers who were out of sync. The reasons are many. 

Long shot strikes sympathetic chord

We must take out the trash and clean the barn. It's time to take back ownership of America." 

Bob Kerrey rises to top of the crop

The 1992 presidential campaign is now in full swing. It started with Saturday's non-binding "beauty contest" in Florida, where Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, the presumptive frontrunner, garnered 54% of the 2,000-plus convention delegates. Iowa Sen. Tom Harking came in second with 31%, followed by Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey and former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas. 

Tales for telling again and again

"There are no cats in America, and the street are paved with cheese". 

Thanks to the artistic genius of Steven Speilberg, the song containing these words filled the mousehole of the Mousekewitz family in Russia late in the 19th century. Though persecuted and with few freedoms, the family had hope, and they dreamed of a better life. 

Papa Mousekewitz wanted to emigrate to America. So did his little ones -- including Fievel and his brothers and sisters. Once Mrs. Mousekewitz agreed, they packed up and left. 

Senate debacle has silver lining

This is D-Day. If everything goes as planned, the Senate will vote tonight on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The vote comes none too soon. Both Clarence Thomas (win or lose tonight) and Anita Hill are losers. Their reputations are sullied. Their veracity in doubt. One of them lied, under oath. Both are officers of the court. One committed perjury. 

Not a pretty sight. 

But the Thomas hearings will also have some winners. 

Federal Labs aid civilian economy

Albuquerque- Across the U.S. are more than 500 federal laboratories operated by 14 different federal agencies. 

Many of the best known labs are weapons labs -- such as New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the atomic bomb was invented, as depicted in the movie Fat Man and Little Boy

Let's not forget the Misery Index

Remember the "Misery Index"? 

The Misery Index is a good example of how the economy influences politicians. 

The Misery Index was used first by President Reagan in presidential election campaigns. It is equal to the sum of inflation and unemployment rates. Applied to presidential elections of the 1950's, the index was under 6 and under 8 for each election during the 1960's. 

The index crept up to 8.8 for the election in 1972, when we had a 3.2% inflation rate and a 5.6% unemployment rate. 

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