September 14th, 2017

For Every 20-Foot Wall, There’s a 21-Foot Ladder

Trump’s insistence on building a wall, a beautiful wall, is really not about a wall. It’s about the “idea” of building a wall. Trump says he knows how to build things, like his Trump towers, so a wall would be easy. (Although I’m not sure how the two compare, unless he built a 2200 mile-high …

September 8th, 2017

The High Cost of Press Neutrality

A free and vigorous press is an essential feature of any vibrant democracy. Everybody knows that. But with liberty comes responsibility. In an attempt to navigate the maelstrom of conflicting perspectives that constitute the modern media landscape, many traditional media outlets stick to the tired trope of “fair and balanced.” But is neutrality even a …

September 4th, 2017

D-Day for DACA

DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), is on the chopping block. All indications are that Trump will bow to anti-immigrant pressure and suspend DACA tomorrow even though 80% of Republicans favor DACA, including 75% of Trump’s base. It’s time for a little review. Just what is DACA anyway? DACA was an executive order signed by …

August 7th, 2017

Libertarians Need To Wake Up

Libertarian? My realization after riding this train after 9/11 thru the 2008 crash is there is no such thing. The truth is we are a great country, not because of business, but because of the great government programs that created a competitive playing field. I know, having lived in DC for most of my life …

August 2nd, 2017

Progressives and Evolution

I’m a progressive who 17 years ago was a social liberal, fiscal conservative. Or more to the point, I was wrong. It took two recessions and real-life experiences to truly understand the macro-economics at play. The best way to understand capitalism is to first understand “capital.” Let’s imagine capital as a pile of baseball bats. …

July 27th, 2017

A Not-So-Implausible Conspiracy Theory

The June 2016 meeting between the Trumps and the Russians is the subject of ongoing scrutiny by the media, the public and – it appears – the special counsel appointed to look into the question of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Much more effort will likely be expended in this area, trying to suss …

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