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Greek protests

Athens clashes as Greek police fire tear gas: "Greek police have fired tear gas to disperse anarchists .... An estimated 50,000 people have joined the protests."

End the war on drugs

We must end the war on drugs, as a story in the New York Times discusses: Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War.

A waste....

As I argued during my campaign, we need to open our immigration doors, not close them, for this and other reasons: Immigrants Are Crucial to Innovation, Study Says.

Consume now, or invest for posterity?

We must regain the will to work for posterity (even if it is an out-of-fashion word): Europe Overtakes U.S. In Physics Pursuing God Particle

"A race between education and catastrophe...."

As I was going through old family papers, I came across a clipping from what I think was the early to mid 1950s, I found the following quote attributed to Gen. Omar N. Bradley, still relevant: "In this world of ours, we are fundamentally in a race between education and catastrophe; either we will have sufficient knowledge with which to solve our national and international problems, or the catastrophe of an unwelcome tyranny is bound to overcome us in our ignorance.

Disclose torture, not hide it

Torture is wrong and illegal, and those who use it, especially as part of US intelligence efforts, should be held to account.

Tax and build

An excellent column today by Robert Shiller (of Shiller-Case index fame) on how raising taxes and expenditures at the same time can help the economy grow in times like these: How National Belt-Tightening Goes Awry

Fiscal responsibility

Good story in the NYTimes today on the budget clash and priorities: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/us/politics/obama-and-gop-stake-out-po...

Park Cities/Central Dallas Democrats Forum Videos

I have posted videos of four answers from the PC/CDD forum held on May 5, 2012. (Sorry, no text on these.)

My response to a request to characterize the differences between my primary opponent Katherine McGovern's positions and my positions.

Back to work, and a better future

It is clear what is needed to jump-start the economy and move us toward full employment on a near-term basis: a substantial federal stimulus investing in education, infrastructure, and research. All are long term investments which justify borrowing, particularly at our current, historically low rates.

Paul Krugman's column yesterday Easy Useless Economics, makes the point today that we know what to do, but lack the political will to do so.

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