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D-Day was no sure thing

Seventy years ago, on the day before the Allied landings on the coast of France were to begin, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, prepared a short statement to be read in the event the landings proved a failure. He wrote it out in pencil and began with the words, “Our landings in the Cherbourg have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold…” He closed by saying, “…if any blame is found to attach to this attempt, it is mine alone.”

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Playing Chicken with the State Budget

This is the scenario. The Government has shut down. The two houses of the legislative branch are at odds with one another and the lower house, the most partisan of the two, has all but come to blows with the executive.

Sound familiar?

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Finding out how Uncle Sam spends our money may get easier

The word transparency in government is used quite a bit by politicians and various watchdog groups. But, what exactly does it mean?  A good example was an experience I had a long time ago working for a Republican Senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo. I wanted to find out about a grant program for research on additional uses for wheat stalks. Idaho, in addition to its famous potatoes, grows a lot of wheat. I searched and I searched.

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Help Dan Snyder think of a new name

Redskins fandom runs deep in our area. During the 1950s, the old Rappahannock, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (RFP) ran special trains to take fans from all over the area to Sunday games in Washington DC.  It was a popular service, and if the Redskins still played in DC (their stadium is in Maryland now), the VRE would probably still be running it. As for my own fan credentials, I think they’re pretty good. I can tell you the details of the 1972 Super Bowl Game the Redskins lost to the Dolphins, and I have vivid memories of the terrible game in November 1985, when Quarterback Joe Theismann broke his leg. I have stuck with them during bad seasons and good ones; just like any good fan does.

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The challenges of a Hillary candidacy

Some people think that Hillary Clinton, all but guaranteed to get the Democratic nomination for President, is in the best position possible. According to this line of thinking the Democratic nod is hers for the asking. All she needs to do is play it cool, look Presidential and at a time of her choosing throw her hat into the ring. But this role of heir apparent or presumed nominee is, historically at least, a hazardous one.  Many never make it to the final stretch and some crash and burn long before the convention.

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Building the Keystone Pipeline is a good idea

Most people don’t know it, but there is a major oil pipeline very close to where we live. It runs through both Stafford County and Fredericksburg and is called the Plantation Pipeline. It supplies refined oil products to airports and the military. The pipeline starts in Louisiana and runs over a thousand miles through several states. By pipeline standards this a fairly large line. But there is nothing unusual about it. 

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