Cummings vs. Issa on IRS targeting probe


After reading his own opening statement, House Oversight Committee Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) got so ticked that embattled former IRS official, Lois Lerner, was continuing to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, that he adjourned the hearing. That didn't sit well with Ranking Member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) who thought he too should… Continue reading Cummings vs. Issa on IRS targeting probe

Political hay makers, seeing the sun shining, start making hay


"Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects." - Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former prime minister of Canada An adage has been validated, over the past ten days or so, that politics is a bloodsport, somewhere between boxing and dagger throwing. Vulnerabilities exposed are vulnerabilities exploited, sometimes with a direct hit,… Continue reading Political hay makers, seeing the sun shining, start making hay

Culture – a cause for war, a means for consensus


"In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong." - President Abraham Lincoln, from Meditation on the Divine Will, 1862 The fight against slavery was a culture war. So were the battles to control European immigration, the fight for women's suffrage… Continue reading Culture – a cause for war, a means for consensus