27 Jul

Reasons Politicians Refuse or Dodge Answering Straightforward Questions

Having given up cable several years ago, and only missing it a few times since, I realize I'm not exactly in the majority when it comes to politics-obsessed people. But news was really most of the reason I had cable, and as time went on I realized that much of the "news" I was getting on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News wasn't really news.Between segments that...

27 Jul

Two Major Party Leadership Essentially Jilted Teenagers

Something struck me while reading a post on over at Teagan Goddard's Political Wire. After talking about how negotiations between the White House and congressional leaders had broken down, Goddard commented that it wasn't so much surprising that the talks broke down, but more that so many thought a significant compromise deal "was even possible".How s...

29 May

coffee party not for centrists and moderates

Centrists & Moderates Ignored by Insular Coffee Party Leadership

(originally published at a now-closed moderate blog, where I wrote for a time before launching the precursor to this site)For some centrists and moderates, the development of the new 'Coffee Party USA' organization seemed like a godsend in response to the more extreme elements in the Tea Party movement. At first, I thought that this could be the grassroots moveme...

11 May

centrist pundit John Avlon being interviewed by Solomon Kleinsmith in 2012

Political Pundit John Avlon Among Centrist Rising Stars

Solomon interviewing centrist pundit John Avlon at the 2012 conventions. There aren't too many strident centrists in the world of political punditry. Some mislabel those who strive toward journalistic integrity as being centrist, but that's just being nonpartisan.To be clear, I'm not criticizing being nonpartisan - we need genuine journalism much more than we ne...

Why Both Major Parties are a Lost Cause for Moderates

My main and essentially only interest in politics is arguing for a new political party to replace one or both of the Democratic and Republican parties. In my opinion, something better is possible but it is unlikely to come from either party.The nature of the two political parties is human nature: Who has real power and influence in the Democratic and Republican p...

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Losing Focus of Fake News While Fake News Sites Profit

[caption id="attachment_7300" align="alignnone" width="948"] Promoted from our centrist community blog - by Oscar Berry[/caption]Many in in America have become familiar with the term “fake news” in recent years. Whether it’s being shouted by President Donald Trump against the “liberal media establishment” or by liberal or progressives towards c...

Warren Buffet is Absolutely Right on Government Coddling of the Wealthy

Cut out almost every income tax loophole, make all income (capital gains on investments included) taxed using the same simple model, lower rates across the board (especially for lower and middle income earners - where the money will mostly go to boosting demand, where the economy is weakest right now) and put at least half of the savings towards cu...

Ideological Zealots Downgraded Our Credit Rating, S&P Just Recognizing the Obvious

In his usual rare form, Fareed Zakaria's monologue on the budget deficits, debt and credit rating this week cut to the heart of the issue. People are complaining up and down about the S&P downgrading our federal credit rating, which is likely to cost us hundreds of billions in increased debt payments and will damage our economy to an extent tha...

Spending Caps a Good Compromise on Debt Limit Increase

David Brooks' column from a few days ago makes a good point. We're not going to get some in depth and substantive compromise hammered out in just a few weeks, there just isn't enough time, but something more simple is possible, and could even be better in the long run.Not that we could reasonably expect the blind partisans running the two major...

Government Grossly Overstepping its Bounds in Boeing Labor Union Case

Just to be clear, I'm not arguing that this is illegal. I'm arguing that this is patently WRONG. In short, if the law does allow the government to tell a company what states it can decide to put a factory, that law needs to be changed.Each state has different laws, levels of taxation, pools of employees with the right skills, access to material...

The Important Role a Third Party Presidential Candidate Could Play in 2012

As frustration builds with many (should I say, most?) voters, the call for a third party gets stronger.  With hypocrisy, corruption, and empty headed thinking abounding with both Republican and Democratic parties, the idea of a third party absent these qualities seems alluring. Is this real or simply a mirage?The odds against a third party winn...

Like it or Not, To Avoid Fiscal Disaster We need to Trim Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security AND Military Spending

Here are the spending areas of the federal budget that I would like to see cut, with some specific suggestions on how:  Social Security Social Security was initially created in the 1930’s to be a social safety net to reduce the level of poverty our senior citizens were experiencing.  I believe this goal is very worthwhile as I don’t want...

Michael Bloomberg Illustrates How the Center Can Be More Politically Creative

In a political party system where many view the Center as a mere blend between two purer ideologies of conservatism and progressivism, Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York often has something creative to say. Elected in a city of greater diversity, wealth and population than many US states and several countries, he’s someone that’s perha...

Trump and Sheen – The Wingnut Reality Show Presidential Campaign

Colbert nails this one on the head... as usual:[there was a video here, but the code no longer worked and I couldn't figure out what episode it was]I find it so utterly amazing that I actually caught a bunch of flak on this very blog a few months ago for calling Trump a freak show... and a lot of that flak came from independents. Are any of...