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Archive: September, 2013

POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 8:30 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz is flanked by fellow Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Mike Lee as they express their frustration after the Senate restored funding for President Obama's health law.

My all-time favorite politician was former Maine U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. A “New England Republican,” she was socially liberal and fiscally conservative -- representative of the region’s wealth but also its tolerance.

When Snowe announced her resignation last year, she said, “I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions," and adding, “I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. “

Unfortunately, Snowe was right. Nothing has changed. One can argue things have gotten worse.

POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:11 PM
Guido Barilla, president of the Barilla group, on Wednesday nixed the idea of using gay families in advertising, as some other companies have done, saying Barilla envisions a "classic family." (AP Photo, File/Luca Bruno)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Jew.

POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013, 11:07 AM
Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell.

Al Gore may not have invented the Internet, but he sure was right about one thing: Ed Rendell was “America’s mayor.” Who else could have dug Philadelphia out of its massive fiscal problems – ones so bad that we were on the cusp of bankruptcy?

When Rendell became mayor on Jan. 6, 1992, he inherited a $250 million deficit and the lowest credit rating of any major city in the United States. During his tenure, he balanced Philadelphia's budget and generated five consecutive years of budget surpluses while cutting business and wage taxes.

Rendell did the impossible during his first term: he froze the wages of unionized municipal workers, cut their healthcare and benefits, and slashed more than 1,500 city jobs.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 8:56 AM
David Lynn (Photo by Barb Baur)

I can almost guarantee you’ve never heard of David Lynn. Until recently, neither had I.

Lynn, 46, is mild mannered and gentle. He’s the kind of a guy you feel comfortable around right away. He’s also the kind of person you sometimes don’t notice or remember at a cocktail party because he’s so unassuming.

That’s his outside demeanor.

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