Author Archives: Paul Deaton

When Fools Rush In

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” was written by Alexander Pope in An Essay on Criticism in 1711. I’m no angel yet it’s time to let the dust settle from the disastrous general election before devising schemes to … Continue reading

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History of the U.S. Supreme Court since the 1930s

Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American daily newsletter gained wide popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. In her Oct. 23 issue she outlines the history of Republican efforts to rescind a certain interpretation of the 14th Amendment in a style … Continue reading

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Joni Ernst: Lying Liar Of The Liardom

Tonight at 7 p.m. Democrat Theresa Greenfield debates her Republican opponent, the incumbent, junior U.S. Senator from Iowa. Greenfield is expected to be well-prepared for the face off on Iowa Press. She will lay out her plans to make health … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hidden History Of Monopolies

In The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream, Thom Hartmann takes the reader from the founders’ fight against the monopoly of the British East India Company to the borking of the country by President Donald … Continue reading

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Carding Wool With Joni Ernst

Every farm kid knows you should card wool before spinning it into yarn. Joni Ernst’s campaign has spun some yarns about Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield and it’s clear they didn’t get things straightened out beforehand. They don’t intend … Continue reading

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75 Years After Hiroshima

President Harry Truman did not need to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II. The first test explosion of an atomic bomb, called Trinity, was conducted by the U.S. Army July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan … Continue reading

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Leave It All On The Field

(Trish Nelson will return to the editor’s desk on Monday. I hope you found value in some of my posts the last four weeks). As Joe Biden and company build an organization to defeat Donald Trump part of its energy … Continue reading

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Letters From Loebsack

I’ve received a number of official reply letters from Dave Loebsack in the 14 years he served as our congressman. He discusses priorities for the CARES Act follow on bill in this one. July 28, 2020 Dear Mr. Deaton, Thank … Continue reading

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Cattle Markets – What Side Are You On?

It seems crazy that cattle producer margins are constantly being squeezed by meat packers as the herd goes to market during the pandemic. “Between April and May, producers saw their cattle prices plummet,” wrote Jessica Fu in The Counter. “Meanwhile … Continue reading

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Denial, The Coronavirus Is Your Friend

When the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act there was an unspoken assumption the coronavirus pandemic would be of short duration and gone by now. Based on this, the Republican president and Republican Iowa governor pushed to “reopen the economy.” … Continue reading

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