Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

September 17th, 2021 - 11:58 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Update: South Dakota’s AG problem

One Saturday night in September 2020, texting-while-driving on his way home from a fundraiser, South Dakota’s attorney general veered off the highway and killed a pedestrian. He drove off, and the next day reported to police he’d hit a deer. (See details here.) There was a big hole in hi[...]

September 16th, 2021 - 10:09 pm § in Politics

Have GOP candidates quit crying wolf about elections?

Something is happening. Larry Elder conceded the California recall election, referred to Gavin Newsom as “Governor,” told his crowd he “lost,” and implored them to “be gracious in defeat” (read story here). In the Virginia governor’s race, the GOP candidate [...]

September 16th, 2021 - 12:24 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Elections shouldn’t be run by partisan hacks

     “Swing state by swing state, former President Donald Trump is trying to get people who tried to overturn the 2020 election chosen to be in charge of the 2024 election,” CNN says (read story here).      “Trump’s … endorsement of state Rep. Mark Finchem for Ari[...]

September 16th, 2021 - 12:13 am § in Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Politics

Should General Milley be fired?

General Mark Milley (bio here), as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is America’s highest-ranking military officer. Following revelations that, after the attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol, he twice called China’s top general “to assure him Trump did not have plans[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 12:05 am § in Donald Trump, Politics

Woodward book: Pence wavered on certifying election, Quayle told him he had to

Another of the bombshells in “Peril,” a new book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) and Robert Costa, is this: Vice President Pence, who was under intense pressure from Trump to refuse to certify the election, called former Vice President Dan Quayle, whom he kn[...]

September 14th, 2021 - 6:46 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Poor misunderstood Donald Trump

In their new book, “Peril” (get it here) Woodward and Costa wrote (see story here): “But after the Electoral College affirmed that Biden won the White House in December, McConnell delivered a floor speech recognizing Biden as President-elect. Trump called McConnell immediately af[...]

September 14th, 2021 - 2:04 pm § in Democrats, Politics

Democrats want to raise taxes and cut yours

Democrats want to pay for their ambitious $3.5 trillion spending plan, which would remake America’s safety net, by raising taxes on wealthy people and corporations. See details here. Meanwhile, tax changes sought by House Democrats “would cut annual tax bills for Americans earning less t[...]

September 14th, 2021 - 11:04 am § in Biden, Politics

“It’s been widely reported”

… in rightwing media that someone in the White House has a mute button to turn Biden off when he begins sounding senile. And a United States Senator was determined to get to the bottom of it. So he grilled Biden’s secretary of state about it in a Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Sen.[...]

September 13th, 2021 - 4:02 pm § in Biden, Business, Economics, Politics

Should Biden reappoint the Federal Reserve honcho?

The Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) has a major impact on the economy. Its monetary policies affect employment, inflation, interest rates, and economic growth. It has the power, by making a policy mistake, can tip the economy into recession. (The Fed also has important regulatory responsibil[...]

September 12th, 2021 - 5:58 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

America’s pandemic crime wave

The abrupt rise in crime that washed over locked-down America last year is emerging as a hot political issue for the 2022 midterm elections. It’s also fiction. Overall crime declined from 2019 to 2020. Homicides were up, but all other categories of crime were lower. A study of 22 states and th[...]