Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett is a Berkeley Quaker, activist, and writer.  In other life he was a Silicon Valley executive — co-founder of Cisco Systems.

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Georgia Republican Kemp is going to extraordinary lengths to thwart the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams because she is a formidable candidate with a good chance of winning. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, October 26, 2018
Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterms
We're less than two weeks away from the November 6th midterm elections and the strategies of each Party are well defined. Democrats are determined to rally their base and to encourage Independents and inconsistent voters to go to the polls. Republicans are determined to get out their base and to...
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Corruption infests Trump's cabinet. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Views
Friday, August 31, 2018
It’s the Corruption, Stupid
As we head for the November 6th midterm elections, it's worth remembering that Donald Trump was elected President because he promised to "drain the swamp." Instead of doing that, Trump has unleashed a tidal wave of corruption. Over the next two months, Republican corruption is the key topic...
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carr fire Views
Saturday, August 11, 2018
As California Burns, It's Time to Elect Climate Leaders to Deal With This 'New Normal'
In case you missed it, California is beset with an unusual number of intense wildfires; the state is covered by smoke. In response, on August, Donald Trump tweeted: "California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws..." Hmm, so California "...
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"Country-First Conservative support Trump because he's giving them what they want: a commitment to a white Christian nation." (Photo: Susan Walsh / AP) Views
Friday, July 27, 2018
Trump Supporters, Hiding in Plain Sight
In the wake of Donald Trump's disastrous July 16 meeting with Vladimir Putin, many Democrats thought, "At last Republicans will open their eyes and see Trump as a traitor and charlatan." But as the days passed, it became clear that Trump supporters weren't going to let a little thing -- such as...
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Enough is Enough Views
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Telling the Truth About Immigration
Donald Trump plans to make immigration and "border security" the dominant themes in the 2018 midterm election. On June 24th, Trump tweeted: "We need strength and security at the Border!... We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with...
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"Stacey Abrams got to this point by systematically going around Georgia and talking to the folks in its 159 counties." (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
Politics by Walking Around
When I was a technology developer, in Silicon Valley, I adopted the technique of "managing by walking around." Recently I've talked to two outstanding 2018 Democratic political candidates who've adopted this same technique in their campaigns. While it may not be obvious, "politics by walking around...
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Bolton has a long record of antagonism towards North Korea; during his tenure in the George W. Bush Administration he advocated that it be added to the "Axis of Evil."  (AFP) Views
Friday, May 18, 2018
All the President’s Men: John Bolton
The Trump Administration is so dreadful they've made the George W. Bush Administration seem almost acceptable in comparison. Dubya was also a dummy but at least he wasn't a racist bully. And Dubya surrounded himself with folks that had some connection to mainstream American foreign policy:...
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Trump, Pat Views
Saturday, April 28, 2018
In Trump Era, Christianity Goes Astray
When I was a teenager, my grandfather Harry used to dine with us most nights. After dinner he would deliver a homily; usually, “Beware the Russians!" Grandpa Harry warned us about the Russians because they had no ethics: They would say and do anything to win. If he was alive now, Harry would still...
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Trump protester Views
Saturday, November 11, 2017
One Year Later: 10 Lessons Learned From the Trump Presidency
On election day in 2016, Donald Trump surprised most of us by defeating Hillary Clinton (although he garnered only 46.1 percent of the popular vote). One year later , what have we learned? 1. Trump is not a joke. There were some of us who dismissed Trump, gave him no chance to win. A terrible...
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 "To push tax reform through Congress, Trump needs to unite the four segments of the Republican Party.  Given the Pew Research data, that appears to be a difficult task.  A key element of the tax-reform proposals are substantial cuts for billionaires and corporations." Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
Trump’s Tax Cut Challenge
After 9 plus months in office, Donald Trump has accomplished little. He's very unpopular and has failed to fulfill his major campaign promises, Major Republican donors are withdrawing funding. In response, Trump has embarked on a desperate campaign to cut taxes. Even though Republicans control...
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