Author Archives: Larry Horist

HORIST: North Korea, the politics and the prospects

For more than a quarter of a century – covering five presidencies – the United States, along with the United Nations and virtually the entire civilized world, have maintained a policy that a nuclear North Korea was unacceptable.  We should dwell on that last word, “unacceptable.”  To we common folk (not skilled in the art of diplomatic double talk), that ...

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The blame for the government shutdown is obvious

Whether it is because they live in their own bubble of virtual reality or because they think they can get away with lying, Democrats create false narratives to advance their agenda.  It is probably a little of the first and a lot of the second.  Part of the reason they can fib with abandon is because they know the Big ...

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Democrats deserve ‘Pinocchios’ for ‘bullcrap’ claims about the tax bill

Things got heated during a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee when the very liberal Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, advanced the specious political talking point that the Republicans were working for the rich in developing the tax reform bill.  The sartorial and usually calm committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, had enough of what he referred to as “bullcrap.”  In looking ...

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SPECIAL – Tribalism in the wake of Las Vegas

In a very dramatic and tragic way, the reaction to the shooting in Los Vegas may indicate whether America represents a culture or a collection of tribes.  The immediate answer on the scene suggests we are a strong culture, bonded together by a remarkable dedication to noble core values. The concert was a collection of some 23,000 people drawn from ...

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HORIST : More money will not fix health care

For political reasons, the Obama administration lied to pass health care legislation that promised to cover all the uninsured at reduced premiums.  Those covered could keep their doctors and their preferred health plans.  This was never possible even with forcing young people to pay premiums or penalties for coverage they did not want or need — and that carried deductibles ...

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