Posts Tagged: 2016

This is a First in my Lifetime

I’m not old, but I’m not young either. When I was born, Richard Nixon was the president and the Vietnam War was still going. Since I was a teenager I’ve watched politics closely, and I’ve never heard a candidate for president say anything as absurd as this. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

New York Times Doesn’t Understand the Freedom of Information Act

Update July 24, 2015: The New York Times is now back-pedaling this story. Apparently the probe isn’t criminal or even related to any potential wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. It’s an investigation into whether Clinton was on the receiving end of classified information. Update July 25, 2015: For more on how shockingly wrong this entire Clinton… Read more »

Donald Trump is Amazing

Donald Trump is amazing. I’ve been watching, writing about and engaged in politics on some level for more than 20 years and I’ve never seen anyone like him. Trump is an unvarnished egotistical salesmen and he knows exactly what he’s doing. Here is Trump’s plan. Say crazy stuff every day, get tons of press coverage… Read more »

Really? This is the 21st Century Conservative Movement?

Maybe I’m just getting older. Maybe the conservative movement was always devoid of serious intellectual thinkers. But up until the late 1990s, the conservative wing of our political world included intelligent people like William F. Buckley and editorial writers like William Safire. There were always the Birchers, but there were intelligent men and women associated… Read more »