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...

07 Feb 2011

Reason magazine is much too libertarian for me to agree with it too often, but I do appreciate its honesty. They have a great post out today that debunks this myth, promulgated for years, that there is a giant majority of conservatives in our country. They site polls that show self reporting of people saying that they are conservative or moderate... but when you look at where these people actually stand on the issues, you find that this just doesn't bear out. About one-third of Americans say they fall in the middle of the road. But "a very large portion of the people who tell pollsters they are 'moderates' are in fact loyal, partisan Democrats who view their own party as representing moderate views," writes Olsen in the journal National Affairs. "These voters are clearly not open to persuasion by the right or center-right, and they constitute a hidden 'liberal' component of the electorate that traditional poll questions tend to overlook." Not on...

26 Nov 2010

Benjamin Sarlin, on over at The Daily Beast, has a great post detailing some of the things the GOP has going for it, and listing off some of the assets and liabilities among the republican contenders for president in 2012. “The Republican field is wide open with no clear frontrunner because they are all, in some respects, flawed,” Mark McKinnon, a Republican strategist and Daily Beast contributor, said in an email. “I think to beat Obama we're going to have to have a much better field of candidates than are currently there,” Ryan Rhodes, a political consultant and chairman of the Iowa Tea Party Patriots, told The Daily Beast. His counterpart in the early caucus state of Maine didn’t sound any more pumped. “The modern parlance of ‘meh’ pretty much sums up the lineup,” Andrew Ian Dodge, coordinator for the state Tea Party Patriots, said. Jeff Patch, a longtime Republican consultant in Iowa currently based in DC, described the situation as a “ma...

15 Nov 2010

I stumbled across this fantastic blog post at some paper called The Livingston County News... the following quote struck me as something that could have been ripped right out of my own head: Neither party will stand up, look the citizens in the eye, and tell us the truth. Both sides have just spent billions in campaign ads telling us that the other side is little better than a coven of witches or a howling pack of socialists. Would that they would have talked about issues in 2010. Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burned! Who is going to tell us that Social Security is unsustainable and that if it is not fixed (not fiddled with but fixed) soon, we will not be able to fix it so that it still is worthy of its name–providing old folks in our society with security? Who will say that the system that made post-World War II folks comfortable in retirement, a system of pensions in both private and public sectors, is dead and not coming back to life...

10 Nov 2010

(Part 2 of 3 - see post on Democrats HERE and Centrists HERE) To folks who watch politics closely, no part of the spectrum is without culpability for the fiscal situation we are in. The remaining moderates from years of ideological purification bent too far and let both parties overspend and under tax our way to where we are, and its not like moderates are invulnerable to the all too easy urge to give more and ask for less… its been a long time since we had a major politician say anything near JFK’s adage that we shouldn’t just selfishly look to what the government can do for us. Riddle me this Republicans... how can one claim that one supports family values, while acting aggressively to set up a future where your children will, not might, face taxes at levels this country has never seen, a military a fraction of its current size and grandma and grandpa have to choose between paying their rent and buying food because their social security chec...

08 Nov 2010

Doug, on over at Outside the Beltway, has a good post taking the GOP to task for not walking the walk and coming out with any actual ideas on what they'd like to cut to follow through with the promises they made to take back the majority this last cycle. A taste: At some point, the GOP is going to have to put specifics on the table if their professed commitment to budget cutting is going to be taken seriously. So far, the only Republican who’s put forward a specific plan of any kind is Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan. While Ryan’s Roadmap For America’s Future isn’t perfect, it has the virtue of being more specific than anything anyone else in the GOP has come up with. I wont be holding my breath for any real movement on this from the GOP as a group. We'll assuredly get some individuals with some ideas, probably ones that have no chance of passing for the most part. One can hope... Read on at Outside the Beltway......

04 Aug 2010

I almost just skipped by this post, but it occured to me that this blogger at Townhall - a conservative online haven - has to have some kind of ego to think that he's someone who can give good advice on why moderate swing voters should vote for Republicans this fall. But hey, maybe he'll take off his ideological glasses for a minute and come up with some creative and convincing copy, right? Not so much. He gave six supposed reasons, but none of them actually amounted to reasons to support the Republicans. At best they're just a run-of-the-mill appeal for lesser evilism. I don't buy into lesser evilism. It is one of the major reasons we're in this hyperpartisan mess, and too many centrist swing voters like us are willing to hand over our votes to "evils" of any kind. What we need is exponentially more people who don't sacrifice fundamental principles, no matter where they stand on the political spectrum. But I digress. Let's take a look a...