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An Election Post Mortem

Monday, November 14th, 2016

You can’t play sports without losing sometimes and, in losing, you learn something about grace and how to act under pressure.”                                  John F. Kerry

The silent majority has made its choice. Working class white males bonded with the billionaire from New York City and, as a result, we have a new president who is not a Democrat (though he was), not a woman and, thankfully, not politically correct.

Donald Trump, though labeled as a racist by Democrats, also drew more votes from blacks, Latinos and Asians than previous Republican nominee Mitt Romney.trump-donald

Supporters of Hillary Clinton did not take her surprise defeat well. In fact, they may have reacted with more constraint if bubonic plague had been introduced to their water supply. Clinton supporters swooned. I’m still not sure what the vapors are, but Hillary fans had cases of them in droves. It was like a scene from “Contagion” or “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Panic was widespread.

Consider this quote from the Telegram & Gazette’s Dianne Williamson: “Yes, it hurts. It’s spirit-crushing. I’ve heard from many people who expressed surprise at the visceral emotional pain they felt upon learning that a slick, opportunistic demagogue has been chosen over a smart, capable and accomplished woman who has devoted her life to public service.” (more…)

Finally! The Election’s Almost Here!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

It seems as though the presidential campaign season has gone on for years. Few people we’ve talked to are happy with either candidate, but as the election gets closer, we’re finding that the candidates are even worse than we thought, the media is even more biased than we thought and the country is in even greater danger than we thought.presidents

Consider just a few issues that have led us to these conclusions:

Deny, Deny, Deny. With the election just weeks away, media have been publishing stories about Donald Trump’s womanizing, which raises a few questions:

Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump is a womanizer?

Where have these tapes and wronged women been for all of these years? Why are they emerging now, just before the election?

The Donald has followed the Hillary playbook, which can be summarized as “Deny, deny, deny.” It works for her … why doesn’t it work for him?

Does anyone anywhere still think the media is objective?  On any given day, how many stories do you read or watch that are critical of Clinton?  How many do you read or watch that are critical of Trump?

If the primaries started over today, would Donald Trump have a chance of being the Republican nominee?

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Take This Quiz before You Vote

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Citizens of many countries would envy us for having the right to vote, the right to express our opinions, the right to practice whatever religion suits us, and the right to say, do and think pretty much whatever we want.

Yet many of us take these freedoms for granted.  Many people neglect to vote.  Others vote, but shouldn’t because they don’t know what they’re voting for.  While “get out the vote” efforts have become popular, it’s unlikely that anyone who won’t make the effort to cast a ballot is going to make an effort to know what the issues are and where the candidates stand on those issues.  Voting when you don’t know the issues dilutes the democratic process.screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-20-35-pm

So take this simple quiz.  Maybe it will help to inform you.  Maybe you’ll decide after taking it that you shouldn’t vote.  And maybe it will just reinforce what you already believe.

True or false.  The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is making healthcare more affordable.

False. Health insurance is becoming increasingly unaffordable and, shortly after the November election, the new open enrollment period will bring double-digit rate increases for many.  Healthcare costs jumped 1% just in the month of August, which was the largest increase in 32½ years. (more…)

What’s Your Platform?

Monday, August 8th, 2016

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”                                                                   John Sharp Williams

We’ve made our disapproval of both presidential candidates clear, but suggested that, given this year’s poor choices, voters consider the platforms of both parties before deciding how to vote.

Last week, we dissected the Democratic platform, and concluded that the party’s problems extend beyond having an untrustworthy candidate.  While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump deserve their high unfavorable ratings, the party platforms showcase the differences between the two parties.Trump

If a Congressional majority is from the same party as the president, the party platform provides a guide for what to expect.  Neither candidate, if elected, is likely to veto major legislation that’s overwhelmingly approved by his or her own party and both have signed off on their party’s platform.

Based solely on the party platform, if you want slow growth, higher taxes, more government and an activist Supreme Court with little regard for the U.S. Constitution, vote for Hillary.  It’s all outlined in the platform, which makes 10 references to the right to unionize, but not a single word about the need for tort reform.

While there’s no guarantee that if Donald Trump is elected president the economy will grow again, the Republican platform at least doesn’t abandon the free-market capitalism and Constitutional rights that have made this country the freest and most prosperous country in history. (more…)

No Hope and No Change

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Finally, the candidates are no longer presumptive.

American voters and their delegates have chosen, yet somehow we’ve ended up with candidates from both parties that almost no one likes. Both are liars. Both are power-hungry narcissists. Both have questionable morality. Most of us would use the term “sleazy” to describe actions both have taken to add to their personal wealth. Few of us would trust either of them enough to buy a used car from them.

But come November, barring a third-party candidate, a coup or an act of God, we’ll be choosing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as president. If our founding fathers were alive today, they might be thinking that a monarchy doesn’t seem so bad after all. Never has the phrase “lesser of two evils” been so literal.Hillary

So which candidate is the greater lesser?  Or, more to the point, which candidate should get your vote?

One way to decide is to review the platforms each party passed at this year’s convention. A party’s platform, of course, is just a guide. Either candidate, if elected president, may ignore the party platform. Congress will have an influence, too, even if the next president follows President Obama’s precedent and pretends that Congress doesn’t exist. (more…)

The Art of the Unreal

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

“You ran up mountains of debt, as well as losses, using other people’s money, and you were forced to file for bankruptcy not once, not twice, four times.”

Carly Fiorina to Donald Trump

You may think that having a billionaire as president is a good thing, since he must understand how to manage money.

But what about a billionaire who has declared bankruptcy four times?  Given that the U.S. is $19 trillion in debt (and that’s just federal debt), maybe it’s a good idea to elect Donald Trump president.  His first act in office can be to declare the U.S. bankrupt and get us out of paying off all of that debt. Trump, Donald

To be fair, Mr. Trump’s bankruptcies were not Chapter 7 bankruptcies, in which anything of value is typically liquidated, leaving creditors with pennies on the dollar.  They were Chapter 11 bankruptcies, in which a restructuring takes place.

But creditors still lose plenty in such cases.  So you may interpret the bankruptcies to mean that Mr. Trump took advantage of other people to enrich himself, which would make him unethical.  Or you may interpret them to mean that Mr. Trump is incompetent.

Maybe, given his tendency to borrow more than he needs at very high interest rates, both answers are correct.  At least National Review makes The Donald seem neither ethical nor competent:

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