A friend of mine keeps sending me emails staking out his strongly-held conservative positions, attacking and ridiculing liberals and Democrats. I feel very sad about this, but not because I think he’s necessarily wrong. Like any of us, sometimes he is, sometimes he isn’t. I’m sad because it’s like watching someone trying to hit an … Continue reading The Most Non-Partisan Thing You Can Do
There's an old saying in bridge: "Get your trump out early." Apparently, the Republican Party is not populated by bridge players. In the eight years since I started writing this blog, I’ve tried to find ways to explain the underlying reality or root cause of various issues, often political in nature. In that time, I have … Continue reading Trumped Up!
God help me, I swore I wasn't going to do this, but I just can't help myself. At least this time I'll be brief. We've just come off four years of bitter partisan wrangling that resulted in nothing except the passage of health care reform that was well-intentioned and will be a disaster. Congress' performance … Continue reading Meet The New Boss
This is my last pre-election post, and hopefully my last about politics for quite a while. It's long and I apologize, but please bear with me. Almost everyone I know complains that our campaigns are conducted largely through negative, personally-oriented TV ads and that our elected officials pursue the agendas of some set of “special … Continue reading Who Dealt This Mess?
A week ago, I promised (threatened?) to share a few inconvenient facts. Here they are, and they’re all about taxes. They were sent to me by my friend, wealth manager Kris Garlewicz. (Note – this data is from 2009, which I guess is the most recent available.) Taxpayer Share of Share of Effective Income Segment … Continue reading Inconvenient Facts
A week or two ago, CNN published a column by Republican consultant and pundit Alex Castellanos in which he got the upcoming election right. Obama, he said, squandered 20 years of New Democrat centrism and led like an Old Democrat. He left it to Bill Clinton to remind America what a centrist Democrat looks like, … Continue reading Choose Your Pet
I was in Seattle on election day and happened to see this display at the 5 Spot restaurant on Queen Anne hill. Elephant on the right, donkey on the left. Note the elephant’s salacious leer and the donkey’s defiant-yet-submissive posture. Looks to me like the Democrats had a pretty good idea what was about to … Continue reading Pain In The Ass -Ism
To paraphrase Jimmy Buffett, it's Election Day someplace. Looking back over the last two years, the observation that strikes me as most interesting is that throughout the entire course of the primary season, more than a year and a half, I never actually met a Hillary Clinton supporter. Not one. I met people who told … Continue reading Electrons