Posts Categorized: Politics

Matt Taibbi is Right, Sanders is Awesome, It is We Who Suck

When I was a reporter in Vermont I got a chance to meet Senator Bernie Sanders a few times. He often gave town hall meetings to discuss Social Security, or cuts to the Post Office or LIHEAP. My impression is that Sanders is the real deal. I agree with Matt Taibbi, it is we who… Read more »

Interest Rates Low Because of Impending Doom, or the New Normal

I read this story today in the Huffington Post. The point of the story was that the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates low because they can see impending economic doom in our future. Reporter Daniel Marans includes a lot of data and graphs and quotes, but it comes across as pseudo-economics. So I wondered… Read more »

Can Sanders Really Win?

I like Bernie Sanders. I think he would make an amazing president. If he could truly lead this nation, we could do so much to move this nation forward. But putting aside the liberal fantasy of a Sanders presidency, I don’t think it happens. Sanders is doing OK against Clinton in Iowa. But let’s be… Read more »

The Hillary Clinton Email Issue Explained

I’m an expert in information technology. I’ve been in this game for nearly 20 years, I’ve done just about anything and everything you could do as a technologist. I’m going to explain this Hillary Clinton email server story to you. Set aside all of the partisan chatter and the lame attempts by journalists to understand… Read more »

Refugee Crises: Will We Act With Dignity, or Fail, Again?

We as a nation will be judged by how we treat those who need help the most. And on that day, how will our response to the current refugee crises be adjudicated? From Iraq to Syria, Afghanistan, Honduras and Guatemala, hundreds of thousands of people are running for their lives from war and gangs of… Read more »

Bernie Attacks Corporation for Massive Price of Medicine

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants answers. Sanders is running for president and he wants to know why a company jacked up its price per pill of a drug called Daraprim from $13.50 per tablet to $750. Sanders and US House Representative Elijah Cummings wrote, “The enormous, overnight price increase for Daraprim is just the latest… Read more »

Republicans Cling to Last Remaining Social Issue – Abortion

It seems like out of nowhere, Republican politicians have taken the most extreme anti-abortion position – that all abortions should be illegal. At one point, Republicans allowed for exceptions, like rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. But now, major Republican candidates have jettisoned the exceptions. On CNN Republican presidential candidate Mike… Read more »

Why Donald Trump Matters

Donald Trump matters because Trump’s candidacy is the most boisterously obnoxious evidence to support the growing empirical case that the Republican Party can no longer function as a national political party. The Republican party has been taken over by a group of people who hate government and have no interest in helping government serve the… Read more »

Elizabeth Warren Takes on Primerica President Peter Schneider

Senate Democrats want to pass a law that makes it illegal for investment bankers to put their own self-interest ahead of their clients. The GOP hates it and so they invited Primerica President Peter Schneider to testify and Sen. Elizabeth Warren made him look like an idiot. If the GOP has its way, companies like… Read more »

Why Republicans Love Hating Gays

Republicans are not fighting for the sanctity of marriage or to preserve religious liberty when they blast away at gay marriage and marriage equality. They’re doing so for purely political reasons. The problem for the GOP is that the party’s actual policies are unpalatable on their own when presented to voters. Most Americans favor higher… Read more »