Lessons Of Truman's Undelivered Farewell Address

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Summer 1947 and November 1, 1950: President Harry S. Truman survived numerous attempted assassination attempts. In the summer of 1947, numerous letter bombs were sent to the White House. Secret Service members intercepted and dismantled the bombs. In November 1950, Truman was staying in the Blair House while the White House underwent renovations. Two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, Griselio Torresla and Oscar Collazo started a shootout outside of the Blair House. Allegedly Truman watched through his window before a passerby yelled for him to take cover. (photo: wikimedia commons)

In the end, the President inevitably returns to being ‘Mr. Citizen.’

Trump: A New Sheriff Against Wasteful Spending?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a USA Thank You Tour event at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

All those involved in wasting taxpayer dollars should beware.

Here Be Dragons: Dangers Of A Constitutional Convention

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A blindfolded demonstrator holds up a copy of the United States Constitution while protesting against the Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in midtown Manhattan in New York City, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

An Article V convention would be an enormous legal tar pit.

Reince Priebus Is Not Paul Ryan's Puppet

Opinion | Joanne Butler
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus address supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Transition team fears are mostly unfounded.

A Mole In Trump's Transition Team?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Make America Great Again, Courtesy of Shutterstock

Trump’s director of trade reform has deep ties to organizations opposing the president-elect’s policies.

Evita Rodham Clinton?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Eva Peron, Hillary Clinton, Images via Getty and Reuters

History may shrug at a President Hillary Clinton.

Nail-Polish Politics

Opinion | Joanne Butler
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2006, file photo, Revlon cosmetics are on display in a New York pharmacy. Revlon announced Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, it is buying Colomer Group, which sells hair dye and other products to beauty salons, for about $660 million, saying the deal will help it reach new salon customers and could cut costs.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Is it too much to ask that the cosmetics aisle be politics-free?

Speaking The Truth About The Economic 'Recovery'

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A guard walks in front of a Federal Reserve image before press conference in Washington

Most metrics show our economic growth being anemic.

Hillary's Greek Tragedy

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Hillary Clinton (MSNBC)

Trump went where no Republican presidential candidate has gone before – to talk frankly about Bill Clinton’s behavior.

EPA Makes Excessive Rules, Plants Close, Jobs Move Away

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Members of the United Mine Workers of America hold a rally outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington October 7, 2014. The union members rallied against proposed EPA Clean Power Plan rules, which the union claims will eliminate thousands of coal industry-related jobs. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Good news for Mexican workers; bad news for American workers.

HRC & JFK: Candidates With Medical Cover-Ups

| Joanne Butler
Hillary Clinton arrives with an unidentified woman at the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial (Getty Images)

Hillary should tell the truth about her health. No Kennedy-like evasions will satisfy voters.

A Mitch Daniels Presidency

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Common Core Politics.JPEG

If Hillary Clinton wins, a 71 year-old Mitch Daniels — a trim, strong, Harley Hog driver and Pennsylvania native — could get in the game in 2020.

Mr. Trump: We Need A Modest, Growth-Focused Fed Chair

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A guard walks in front of a Federal Reserve image before press conference in Washington

Trump should promise voters that he will put growth-focused people in charge of the nation’s finances.

Obamacare's Slow-Motion Car Crash That Everyone Saw Coming

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Obama’s health mandate is in such bad shape that it looks as if participating insurance companies didn’t even use actuaries.

2016: Two Nixons, One Election

Opinion | Joanne Butler
President Richard Nixon (L), listened to by First lady Pat Nixon and daughter Tricia Nixon (R), says goodbye to family and staff in the White House East Room on August 9, 1974. On Monday it will be 25 years since Nixon resigned his office, or "resigned in disgrace" as many of the news accounts would say, as it became clear the House of Representatives would impeach him for Watergate misdeeds and the Senate would follow by convicting him. In the quarter century since that day, historians, politicians and Nixon himself until he died on April 22, 1994, have argued his legacy and how his resignation -- the first by an American president -- changed the highest office in the land. - Reuters

Either way, the result will be ‘Nixon’s The One!’ But which one?

Why Trump Is Right On Trade

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Donald Trump, Screen Grab Fox 10 YouTube, 6-30-2016

America needs a ‘reset’ on our trade policy – not more useless training programs.

Are Brexit Voters Lying To Pollsters?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
UK EU referendum concept with flags and BREXIT message (Shutterstock/Lucian Milasa)

People can say one thing to a pollster, but vote another way when they’re in the privacy of the voting booth.

The Obama Administration's War On Stained Glass

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Light comes through stained glass windows at Mount Stuart where a Shakespeare First Folio has been discovered nearly 400 years after his death, on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, Britain

Beyond the manufacturers, there will be job losses among stained glass retailers and artists.

Lessons For Trump From General Patton

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Nuremberg Laws

Patton the young second lieutenant is relevant today.

A New Culture For U.S. Trade Negotiations

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting post in TPP Ministers "Family Photo" in Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 2015. REUTERS/USTR Press Office/Handout

Americans don’t believe free trade happy-talk as we see shuttered factories and entire towns dependent on Social Security disability checks.