Category Archives: Political

If you lock your doors at night, a border wall is needed

Good ideas or rubbish? If you lock your doors at night, a border wall is needed. It was cold today, so climate change is a hoax. Tax cuts for the rich benefit all. The Federal Government is useless, so a … Continue reading

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House Rules Revisited

According to the NPR article cited, Democrats propose the following changes to House Rules:     Democrats will revive the “Gephardt Rule,” introduced in the late 1970s by Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., that automatically raises the debt ceiling — the … Continue reading

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Rep. Mark Pocan on No Labels

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) on “No Labels” (I think we already knew.) No Labels is slick, and I got duped. But no other current or newly elected member of Congress should fall for its shtick. No Labels is a centrist, … Continue reading

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Does election make one wise?

History has tried hard to teach us that we can’t have good government under politicians. Now, to go and stick one at the very head of the government couldn’t be wise. — Mark Twain, New York Herald, 26 August 1876 Does … Continue reading

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House Rules

Emily Birnbaum, writing for The Hill on Nov. 26 reports: Nine Democratic members of the Problem Solvers Caucus are urging prospective Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back three rules changes as she aims to drum up enough support to lead … Continue reading

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Stochastic Terrorism

Something changed in 2016. Before that, the vitriol [George Soros] faced was largely confined to the extremist fringes, among white supremacists and nationalists who sought to undermine the very foundations of democracy. But with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, things got … Continue reading

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Would a larger House be fairer?

Steve Vladeck proposes a good government reform–more members in the House. At first glance this idea seemed inconsequential to me; a legislative body with 435 members is large enough already that members may never learn each others names,  but after … Continue reading

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