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‘Progressives’ took America backward

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:32 am

About 130 years ago, Professor Woodrow Wilson started teaching the new doctrine at PrincetonUniversity that started the “progressive” movement in the United States.

Wilson taught that the basic principles of liberty in our Declaration of Independence and U.S. and state Constitutions were obsolete and unfair. He said it was wrong for each citizen to have “certain unalienable rights” because modern society is too complicated for ordinary citizens to make the most important decisions concerning their own lives. And they are too selfish to do what is best for the “common good.”

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Balles run for Senate would give Whelan a tough race

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Written by Harry Hurley Monday, December 10, 2012 04:49 pm

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it looked likely that no prominent Republican (other than Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica) would step up and challenge state Sen. Jim Whelan in District 2.

I have learned that this is not the case. A very prominent Republican is preparing to come forward, and it's very likely that he will make a run.

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All good things must come to an end

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Written by Norm Cohen Monday, December 10, 2012 04:46 pm

Yes, folks, the rumors are true. The Current and Gazette Newspapers have decided to go in a different direction for their politics page. So this column and the next two columns will be the last weekly columns from me, Seth, and Harry. Our editor assures me that, under the new format, starting in January, we will still be writing occasional columns, but not weekly. The Current is still finalizing its plans for a new and different politics page.

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Losing America to ‘the new normal’

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Written by Harry Hurley Friday, December 07, 2012 11:31 am

In the spirit of the holiday season, I am humbly asking for the following this Christmas: Can we banish from the English Language the term, "the new normal."

I am beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing this overused phrase that is so popular today to try and explain away why things can't be great in America anymore – that we have to settle for less.

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Christie undermines Republican efforts to cut federal spending

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Written by Seth Grossman Friday, December 07, 2012 11:30 am

“Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating has increased to the highest score ever measured for a New Jersey governor. According to a Quinnipiac University survey of registered voters released Tuesday, 72 percent approved of Christie’s job performance, up from 56 percent last month.”

-- Wall Street Journal, Nov. 30, 2012

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‘Potted plant’ comment was an insult to voters

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Written by Norm Cohen Friday, December 07, 2012 11:28 am

What does Harry have against potted plants?

Before I move on to the main topic of this column, please indulge me for a moment while I make yet another request for justice for April Kauffman.

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Taxing the 40 percent won’t solve our problems

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 27, 2012 03:41 pm

Last week I visited friends in the prosperous Maryland suburbs just north of Washington, D.C. Driving from South Jersey to our nation’s capital reminded me of a movie scene where the two “tributes” from District 9 rode the train to the Capitol for the Hunger Games. 

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Amnesty International chapter to celebrate Human Rights Day

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Written by Norm Cohen Monday, November 26, 2012 03:30 pm

The Ocean City chapter of Amnesty International will observe and celebrate International Human Rights Day with a poetry reading by poet Lamont Steptoe 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., Ocean City.

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A look at Decision 2013: Christie, Whelan, Van Drew and more

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Written by Harry Hurley Monday, November 26, 2012 01:08 pm

 

It's almost a new election year. 2013 will be a very big political year.

Gov. Chris Christie (although he won't yet say), I guarantee that he will be running for re-election.

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Sandy showed true spirit of the American people

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Written by Harry Hurley Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:24 pm

Some additional thoughts regarding Hurricane Sandy are warranted.

Sometimes storms get overhyped. Not this one! Superstorm Sandy will never be forgotten. Not since 1903 had a hurricane made such a dramatic, almost unprecedented left turn against all metrological odds.

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Some storm decisions driven by politics

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:24 pm

Shortly after the “superstorm,” government “experts” reported that the sand dunes on South Jersey beaches “did their duty,” but now needed to be replaced at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Grateful to be a liberal Democrat brought up in the business world

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:23 pm

It’s time for the annual Thanksgiving column.

What a year it has been, but we have much to be thankful for. Sandy spared our home and our family is doing well. Many people in South Jersey lost everything during Superstorm Sandy and perhaps are thankful only that they are alive. But Americans are resilient and will find their way back.

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Republicans must leave women and families’ personal choices alone

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, November 12, 2012 05:49 pm

Last week Democrat Obama defeated Republican Romney for president in a very close election (50.5 percent to 47.9 percent). Republicans lost two seats in the U.S. Senate but kept their majority in the House of Representatives, the branch of the federal government responsible for spending, taxes and borrowing.

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It’s time for action to replace gridlock

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Written by Norm Cohen Monday, November 12, 2012 05:49 pm

So the results are in. President Obama was re-elected to a second term by a large margin in the Electoral College, but by a small margin in the popular vote. Obama squeaked through thanks to a number of factors, including a high turnout of his base: Latino and African-American voters in the forefront.

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Welcome to the Divided States of America

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Written by Harry Hurley Monday, November 12, 2012 02:05 pm

Many people – half of the people to be exact – want to know how Barack Obama won a second term as president Nov. 6.

It's a great question. The Obama four-year record was so abysmal that surely he was destined to be a failed one-term president, right?

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Give Christie his due

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:56 pm

This column was written Friday, and with the situation still very much in flux some of what I'm writing here may have been overtaken by events. So like last week's column, I'll just do my best. My post-election column will be for next week.

This columnist has been rough on our Gov. Chris Christie, calling him a bully, and opposing many of his actions as governor.  Hurricane Sandy showed him in a new light.

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Staying was neither stupid nor selfish

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:52 pm

“There are a handful of towns that have not reached the 90 percent evacuation level and that it may be difficult to get people out as conditions worsen. They are in harm’s way … these decisions are both stupid and selfish.”

- Gov. Chris Christie, Monday, Oct. 30, 2012

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McGovern was a man ahead of his time

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:10 pm

Last Sunday, George McGovern, former U.S. senator from South Dakota and Democratic candidate for president in 1972, passed away at the age of 90.

 I was a McGovern campaign staff member during the spring and fall of 1972. I ran the door-to-door canvass in Atlantic County in the spring and summer, as well as a voter registration campaign at the University of Pennsylvania and at Temple University in the springand fall of 1972.

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Hiring public employees is no cure for unemployment

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, October 22, 2012 04:38 pm

“About 61,200 ‘public-sector’ (i.e. government) jobs were lost from the beginning of the recession through the end of 2011 … If these jobs were not lost, New Jersey’s 2011 unemployment rate would be more than a full percentage point lower – 8 percent, instead of the current 9.3 percent. Support to maintain or replace public jobs … should come from the federal government, since New Jersey clearly lacks the financial resources.”

-- N.J. Policy Perspective Report of October 2012.

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Romney’s arrogance no substitute for details

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:31 pm

I want to take a moment to congratulate fellow columnist Harry Hurley for transforming radio station 1450 AM from an ESPN radio station to an all talk format (WPG radio). It seems that when it comes to talk radio, Harry is like the Energizer Bunny, always on the move to bigger and better things, and never letting setbacks get in the way.

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