25 Sep 2018

There is a long list of pervasive problems in the political press, and we'll go into different facets in future posts, but two false stereotypes related to centrists and pragmatists in the Democratic Party have gotten to the point where they've become a problem in need of a fact check and thorough debunking. Some in the media have been spreading the blatantly false narrative that, in the Democratic tent, you're either a progressive, or an establishment centrist. The problem with this is that the proverbial map doesn't match the territory - the reality being that the Democratic Party leadership struggle is between liberals and progressives, with the shrinking minority of moderates left in the party not having nearly enough votes to have any chance of leading the party. Dem Power Struggle Not Centrists vs Progressives This misconception is bizarre, as centrist observers and activists - many of us being ex-Democrats because of things like this - kno...

13 Sep 2018

Image of burning money, symbolizing our nation's fiscal insanity
Fiscally sane commentators are abuzz with the stark data coming out of the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, showing our nation's dire deficit situation after 11 months of this fiscal year have passed. As has been the case for a long time, the primary problem boils down to one simple fact... Partisan Ideologues Refuse to Accept Basic Fiscal Math Every time either major party has had control of the White House and Congress, they've pushed through legislation that made the debt and deficit worse, while rejecting plans (like the Simpson-Bowles Debt Commission recommendations, or Rivlin-Domenici from the Bipartisan Policy Center) that would start lowering the debt to manageable levels that don't pose a serious threat to our economic future, and stop stealing so much from our children, their children and future generations. That's true for both major parties, but the party, and administration, currently in power is - as it has with s...

16 Dec 2017

John Neely Kennedy
First in our new series aiming to highlight and commend partisan figures who rise above partisan pressure to do the right thing, our inaugural Transpartisan Trophy goes to Louisiana Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy, for fairly and directly highlighting the inadequate qualifications of a Trump court nominee. Kennedy's Transpartisan Trial for Peterson A great way to kick off this new series, there's a lot to like about this case. Not only so we have a Republican US Senator rising above partisan pressure to fairly lightlight the wea poor choice for a nominee to a high court, but his actions are also being dishonestly hyped by most of the stories I could find in the media (across the spectrum). The reality here is that Louisiana Republican John Neely Kennedy merely fulfilled his constitutionally stipulated responsibility. If you didn't know what the Constitution says the US Senate's job here is, and just read most coverage of this in the med...

22 Nov 2017

banner for term limits post
The argument for term limits is one of those rare cases that you can accurately apply the label of 'transpartisan'. For as long as I can remember, since I began engaging in political activity in the late '90s, polls have shown a super-majority of US citizens - myself very much included - support this idea, but apparently scientific studies in recent years now lend objective, measurable credence to the old truism that 'power corrupts'.  Research Shows Keeping Power for Long Dulls Empathetic Neural Processing A wonderful long-read article on the subject, by Jerry Useem at The Atlantic, outlines several lines of research that all point to the conclusion that there is a strong correlation between the collection of power (be is political, social, economic, etc) and a range of negative behaviors. These negative behaviors aren't merely bad habits, but - according to the evidence collected - stem from measurable neural impairment. That's right - powe...

16 Sep 2017

two-faced Trump is no independent
None of us can do much more than speculate over what President Trump's motivations were for siding with Democrats over the short term debt ceiling deal, but we can say that doing so doesn't magically make him an independent (much less a centrist), no matter how many absurd articles claim otherwise. Trump is a Nontraditional Republican - Not Centrist or Independent Donald Trump is as much of an independent centrist as water is dry. Not only is he a member of a party, which precludes someone from being an independent - by definition, but he's the leader of that party. Him not being the leader or a member of one of the two primary factions - establishment mainstream conservatives or Tea Party right wingers - doesn't mean he's not a Republican. Like it or not, he's a Republican. He defeated a slate of people who are what those pretending that Trump is a centrist and/or independent in a Republican primary. Millions of Republicans flocked to his ra...

12 Sep 2017

chart showing the tens of trillions in debt Bernie Sanders' single payer plan would add to the national debt
Left wing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is set to release legislation based on his 'single payer', socialized healthcare plan soon, which means it's time to revisit the false claims he made about it during the his presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton, and especially the huge gap between the reality of how much it would cost, and how much Sanders falsely claimed it would cost.     In line with Sanders' pattern - falling  inline with that of corrupt politicians from time immemorial - of giving more than he takes and passing the bill to future generations to pay off, the Sanders campaign released cost estimates of around $13.8 trillion over the first ten years. The problem with that is it's completely disconnected from reality - independent estimates from economic think tanks put it around half of the actual cost. This chart, from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget - a widely respected nonpartisan fiscal organi...

24 Aug 2017

Great Wall of China
Trump's Wall to Growth We all remember candidate Trump's repeated claim that he would build a huge wall between the United States and Mexico. Most see that nonsense for what it is - throwing empty promises at a base to try and get their votes, but Trump went even further and claimed he'd get Mexico to pay for it. He's backtracked on that promise since then, equivocating in a number of ways to say that maybe Mexico won't pay for it at first, but will later (among other strange equivocations). Here's a tweet where he said exactly that: [caption id="attachment_7554" align="aligncenter" width="450"] For sake of speed - because that's believable.[/caption] Up until recently, all this hot air has amounted to just garbage the media chews on, but President Trump recently took it to the next level in comments threatening to shut down the federal government (presumably through veto, or pressuring his party to somehow impede passing a debt ceiling in...

07 Aug 2017

Banner for our beta re-launch
After a few years dormant, we are re-launching and putting out an open call to centrist & moderate voices across America to join our open community. Help us build a network of people who will put their money where their mouths are to build a network of centrists & moderates across the nation, aimed at seeing our views fairly represented in Washington again, fighting corruption and reforming our democracy.   Our Centrist Big Tent - Moderate Left to Moderate Right All Welcome Here From center-left Democrats like Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Joe Manchin III, Blue Dog Democrats, Third Way, Center Forward and trailblazing independents like Senator Angus S. King, Jr. of Maine... ...to center-right voices like Michael Smerconish, moderate Republicans like Senator Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the Tuesday Group that was recently instrumental in stopping the terrible GOP health care bill, Connecticut independent candidate for gove...

06 Feb 2014

No matter how you try and spin it, there has been a gigantic shift in what candidate Obama claimed to be for when he ran for office, and what president Obama done since taking the reigns of power – on a great number of issues. The latest move to use the powers of the Executive Branch to their fullest abilities, to get around Congressional logjams, is just one more example of this. It's also another in a long line of expansions of executive powers (over the last couple decades - not just during Obama's administration, or even Bush '43's). I was one of the people who were duped into supporting Obama during his first campaign. There were a number of reasons I did that Obama has reversed himself on since, but among them was his stance on reduction of executive powers. I very much agreed with candidate Obama that the power of the executive branch of our government had grown too large, and wasn’t checked enough – mostly by Congress / the legislative...

27 Jul 2011

Piers Morgan interviewing Jon Huntsman
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 goings on around the world, it was more accurately described as thinly veiled talking points walking around, pretending to be news. The worst of this came from the shows that had interviews of politicians and other political figures - appropriately called "bobbleheads" by many people. Politicians have gotten so comfortable with just ignoring questions they don't like, and using every opportunity given to them to spout their pre-packaged talking points, there just isn't much of a reason to watch them most of the time. With m...