On March 20th, I wrote an article about Director Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The headline was, “Comey Testifies, Says Nothing”. Today, he testified as a private citizen before the Senate, and the story is the same. Once again, James Comey said nothing, and he said it well. (more…)
In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee today, Monday, 20 Mar 2017, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is in fact investigating whether the Russian government attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election, and who if anyone colluded with them in their actions. As well, he spoke at some brief length on the process involved in ordering wiretaps, stating that President Obama could not have tapped the phone lines at Trump Tower during the election.
Before I go on, let me just say that his testimony (more…)
NOTE: This is intended as a response to an article by T. N. Reider published at “The Conversation” entitled “Is the ‘lesser of two evils’ an ethical choice for voters?” That article is well-written, and I recommend reading it. All quotes come from there.
As I’ve discussed in other articles, despair is endemic in this country. The presidential politics of this year underline this in a fashion seldom seen before, with the fiercest supporters of each candidate shouting loudly that their pick for president isn’t quite as bad as the only other choice. People have stopped questioning the system, which seems to guarantee that the worst possible candidate always gains their party’s nomination. Instead they like to shout at one another about how the other option is worse.
You may not realize this — a surprising number of Americans don’t — but Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. During the 1898 war with Spain, it was one of several territories conquered in an overt land-grab designed to promote American sea power throughout the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. It currently has a population of well over 3 million, all American citizens. They have no right to elect the President; they have no representation in Congress.
At present, the territory is experiencing a public debt crisis that is out of control. The opinion of the present territorial administration is that it cannot be solved without the assistance of the central government of the United States. The Senate proposed an economic aid bill with $3 billion in aid; the House version, which has just been approved by committee, has expanded the bureaucracy but removed the aid. (Update: This version is the one that finally passed.) (more…)