Political Financing: A Modest Proposal

Here’s how to reduce the influence of money in elections: no politician should be allowed to accept contributions from outside their district. This applies at all levels: city, county, state and nation. The Federal Election Campaign Act bans foreign contributions, and we need a Keep Elections Free Of Outside Money Act. Senators would only be allowed […]

Reconciling the Various Reasons for Trump

After the election, I concluded that Trump won with three appeals: Bring back jobs Drain the swamp Build the wall and that I approved of the first two. (It’s now clear that all three are unlikely to happen.) Many people have offered reasons why Trump won, and they fall into three areas: Election problems Economic […]

5 Reasons to Enjoy the Trump Regime

The blows are relentless. Our news feeds deliver multiple shocks each day. The barrage slows time down — surely it can’t be only 24 days since the inauguration? And yet there is joy to be found in all this. 1. The Explosion of Satire Late-night comedy has accepted the challenge. Not only does it make us […]

What Went Wrong

Here’s what went wrong. There were establishment and populist candidates on both sides. Thirty years of tax cuts, trade agreements and computerization gave all the productivity gains to the top, and the average person suffered. Republicans chose the populist candidate, the DNC chose the establishment candidate, and the populist candidate won. So I blame the DNC

Continuing NYTimes Bias

I have railed for months about the pro-Clinton bias in the NYTimes. Today’s headline reads Three Crucial States Show Tight Races Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton PARA 2: “The Quinnipiac University surveys, released on Tuesday, show Mrs. Clinton leading Mr. Trump by one percentage point in Pennsylvania and Florida and trailing him by four points […]

Bernie Sanders will be President

I came to this conclusion a week ago. Reasons: His policies are popular He is consistent in his positions, and people respond to such authenticity His funding is all grass-roots I keep reading posts from Republicans who support him The Republicans are unlikely to select an appealing nominee

Five Ways America is a Faux Democracy

The existence of elections, civil law and free speech gives the appearance of a functioning democracy, but in practice they are not acting as intended. 1. Voting is not Representative Voting is skewed in America in many ways. Districts are gerrymandered to bias the vote: “Through artful drawing of district boundaries, it is possible to […]

Race in America

There has been much comment that this was a post-racial election.  Yes and no.  Look at the electoral shifts since 2004.  A broad swath across the center of the country voted MORE Republican than in 2004, and I can see no reason for this other than racism.  The good news is that it is only […]

The emergence of a collective conversation

This election is like no other, and here’s why: it’s a populist election for the first time.  What has created that is technology: the internet, video cameras, easy video editing, YouTube and social networking sites like Digg.  In all previous elections, what people thought was filtered through the media; to get your voice heard, you […]