16 Aug 2017

By all accounts, Barack Obama was (legislatively) doomed before he ever took office. And it wasn't just because the financial sector was in near ruins, the economy was near meltdown, and we were off fighting wars. It was because in the face of all this Obama was going to have to face most of these challenges without any help from the opposition party. We know this because of a meeting of great consequence held by GOP leadership ...

16 Aug 2017

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 conservative media organizations, it has become the theme of a nonstop series of accusations.More than ever, America is polarizing itself along regional, economic, and ideological lines. The middle ground of bipa...

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...

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...

13 May 2011

Some interesting polling data from the New York Times, showing that the trend is moving towards a majority of GOP voters being supportive of either civil unions, or gay marriage, suggesting that this may not be as much of a liability in GOP primaries as some people think. This does not mean that there is no risk at all for Mr. Huntsman. Civil unions had gained currency as a centrist alternative between gay marriage and no legal...

09 May 2011

I believe that most people, regardless of their political beliefs, would agree that the level of our federal government’s spending and taxes has been “highly influenced” by what our politicians have considered important to their re-election.   Add to this, the reality that most citizens want their fair share of any “free lunches”.    Politicians + Citizens…we now have the perfect storm for excess spending and under taxation....

08 May 2011

Gasoline prices are rising. There seems to be no end to the almost daily increases. At week end, the average US price of a gallon of regular gasoline was almost $4.00. For many, this is an ugly slap in the face. For others, it is another sign of the vanishing American dream.There are some important lessons, however, wrapped up in this situation.First, most of us do not have a clue how the price of gasoline is established...

05 May 2011

Bravo to the Project on Government Oversight for catching this.Open government groups have been frustrated with the Obama administration, after promising campaign rhetoric and some early moves by the President that he deserves praise for led to a plateau. Some of this may be explained with some comments that the woman he had in charge of his "Open Government Directive" made recently.From the Project on Open Government: ...

10 Feb 2011

John Avlon is the leading tracker of right and left wing media, and has been tracking the decline of right wing media personalities like Glen Beck for a while. In his latest at The Daily Beast, he lists some heartening numbers that may indicate that the American people are really starting to get sick of extremists like Beck: An apples-to-apples comparison of ratings between November ’09 and November ’10 in the New York area show...