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Norman Goldman

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Update the Constitution

(43) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 6:00 PM

Does Arizona have the right to demand the president's birth certificate as a condition of putting him on the presidential ballot; or must Arizona accept Hawaii's word that the document we see online is the birth certificate? Could Congress, in 1954, insert the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of...

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America's Values Are San Francisco Values

(6) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 12:56 PM

One way Republicans have used their "two word sound bites" to besmirch Democrats' patriotism and "American-ness" is to accuse us of having "San Francisco values". Extra references to (and political campaigns against) Nancy Pelosi add fuel to their defamatory fire. These obvious references to homophobia and vague "left-ism" are more...

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Rescue America -- A 4-Point Plan

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 4:10 PM

We have witnessed a sustained, "institutional-style" Republican assault on America for the last thirty-plus years. It is "institutional" because it is not tied to one person. Ronald Reagan came and went; ditto for Newt Gingrich; Tom DeLay; two Bushes and the same will be true for the right wing talkers....

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Redefining "the Center" to "the New True Center"

(145) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 2:15 PM

I have heard quite enough from President Bill Clinton, the "Democratic Leadership Council" the "Third Way" people and now William Daley, rumored to be President Obama's new chief of staff -- not to mention from President Obama himself -- about "the center" and "we need to move to the center."...

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Will Tea Baggers Revolt at Cuts to Their Benefits?

(304) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 12:52 PM

It is being reported -- as breaking news -- right here at HuffPost (thanks, Sam Stein!) that the "National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform" known better as the "Debt Commission" will recommend big cuts to Social Security and Medicare, plus, tax hikes to 'shore up' those programs.

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Why the Election Turned Out as it Did

(7) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 2:59 PM

Where did President Obama go wrong?

A new poll shows people want MORE change from the president. These people are right. The president ran a very strong, pro-change campaign. Immediately upon taking office he (and he has now admitted this) began making deals. Bad deals. He began from positions of...

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Let's Party Like It's 1996!

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 2:18 PM

In 1996, California legalized medical marijuana at the ballot box. We were told dogs would sleep with cats, rats with human brains would be developed (oh, sorry, that's Christine O'Donnell NOW); everyone would be driving stoned; nurses would be stoned when you come out of surgery; the world would end....

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A Laboratory of Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 5:03 PM

In 1932, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis stated:

"It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." New...
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A Pledge to Finish Off America

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 5:45 PM

For thirty years, we have lived under the Reagan philosophy of "trickle down" economics. Bill Clinton made only marginal, around the edges changes -- he too was a corporatist. So, after thirty years, we have a huge economic disparity -- the richest 20% of America controls almost 84% of the...

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The Plan to Save America

(25) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 4:43 PM

In my opinion, our politics have become fossilized; even stultified. The two parties are not appealing to voters; the ranks of the unaffiliated grow and the disillusionment of the electorate gets ever larger. It is time to break out of the politics of old and create a new awakening...

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Rush Limbaugh Should Use the George Steinbrenner Tax Strategy

(9) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 12:14 PM


Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

Your comments on air regarding the recent passing of George Steinbrenner and his estate tax implications were thought provoking. As you accurately stated, the federal estate tax is zero this year -- and this year only -- and thus Mr. Steinbrenner's...

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A Dozen Predictions on Health Insurance

(40) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 3:06 PM

With Rep. Dennis Kucinich coming out now for the Senate health insurance bill going through the House, many Progressives are yelling "sell out". My question is different: Can't anyone on our side negotiate? Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln and other CORPORATE Democrats issued ultimatums to the President -- and...

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March on Washington?

(9) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 1:33 PM

I was on the radio with Ed Schultz today and we talked about marching on Washington. I THOUGHT we had done the hard work ("Mission Accomplished", if you'll pardon the expression) and could watch our elected representatives accomplish their (and our) goals. But, apparently I was wrong - it now...

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Bust The Filibuster

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 9:36 AM

Now is the time -- and it's not too late -- to improve the bad health insurance bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve. The Senate can simultaneously provide a valuable public service -- bust the filibuster and consign it to history.

As has been said, "Elections have...

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No Mo Joe

(14) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 1:25 PM

Joe Lieberman should have been exiled from the Democratic caucus long ago. He should be kicked out now. After bolting the Party and not respecting the will of Connecticut Democrats in 2006's primary loss to Ned Lamont, he got re-elected to the Senate with big Republican help. Then he endorsed...

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Who's a Terrorist?

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 9:21 AM

Republicans were quick to label the recent shooting at Ft. Hood a "terrorist attack" and Maj. Nadal Hasan a "terrorist". It drives them crazy that President Obama has kept us safe longer than George W. Bush, so they pounced on this as an equivalent terrorist attack. Was it? And,...

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Where Are The Shareholders?

(47) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 12:39 PM

Goldman Sachs is planning to use $20 billion to pay bonuses. TWENTY BILLION DOLLARS!!! The investors (big ones) are mad and want that cut to $10 billion. TEN BILLION IS A CUT!!! How wonderful of them! Insanity reigns and there are no adults in the room to stop the greed-fest....

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Health Insurers Have It All But Want Still More

(76) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 4:40 PM

The health insurance industry has us all by the throat -- and yet they want more! They have a "10 Point Stranglehold Program" on America -- but they want 13. Here's what I mean:

Insurance companies have 10 things already:

1) No rate regulation;
2) No rate caps;

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