15 Aug 2011

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 cutting the deficit. Common sense ideas like this, on how we can, in one fell swoop,...

07 Aug 2011

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 that can't be known until later, but many of them have been saying the exact same thi...

06 Aug 2011

Thousands of jobs pointlessly taken out of the job market for two weeks. Hundreds of millions in lost fees at a time when the government should be pinching pennies and maximizing revenue. What are the two parties doing? They're on vacation, and holding up and agreement on long term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration over two absurd stances they have so far refused to budge on, again doing precisely the sort of thing...

03 Aug 2011

There really aren't any political figures that look like winners coming out of the debt ceiling debacle - there are just losers, and those who look less bad. As I said in my last post on the subject, the GOP clearly won the fight over the debt ceiling, but I think it will end up costing them dearly in the next election. They won the battle much like a drunk who people will agree with just so they'll shut up. They might get their...

01 Aug 2011

I've been very lucky to have been spending quite a bit of my regularly blocked out time for blogging focused on building a new website the last couple weeks. The news has been so frustrating, so roller coaster like, and so depressingly tilted towards extremists that I've wanted to just put on my headphones and bury myself in code.I took a break from this around 1:30am on Monday, and saw that we've finally got a deal that looks...

27 Jul 2011

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 might feed you a bit of actual unspun, educational information about the g...

27 Jul 2011

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 sad is it that the American peoples' supposed representatives that we've sen...

29 May 2011

coffee party not for centrists and moderates
(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 movement I’d been waiting for – one that actually included centrist i...

16 May 2011

I see a lot of op-eds in local papers where independents and centrist/moderate types decry how low and extreme our politics have become, but I think this may be the first one I've seen from a High Schooler. It's a pretty good one too, as you can see from the quotes here: I’m not expecting Republicans and Democrats to suddenly share similar ideals. I do, however, believe that compromise is possible and, more importantly, despera...