Content tagged with "politics"

The Byrd Rule
August 16, 2010

Why Are the Bush Tax Cuts Expiring in the First Place?: Here’s why Bush’s tax cuts are set to expire – the income tax cuts and the estate tax cuts. If Republicans love their tax cuts so much, why…

Charity and Personal Responsibility
November 20, 2014

One of the defining characteristics of your political view is how you think a government should balance charity against personal responsibility. Charity is the government giving aid in the form of…

The Conservative Case for Drug Price Controls?
January 24, 2016

Reading a book called Rise of the Robots about the increasing role of automation in our lives. The author takes a bit of a detour in the chapter on health care to discuss how the markets are broken….

The Core Ideological Conflict: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up
October 3, 2016

At its absolute core, the difference between conservatives and liberals seems to boil down to one thing: liberals believe that society can be fixed by grand architecture, while conservatives believe…

The Corrupt Saga of Kwame Kilpatrick
May 13, 2009

I’ve been reading the Wikipedia article about Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced mayor of Detroit. I’m honestly wondering if there has been a more blatantly corrupt and dishonest politician in recent…

Defining It
October 1, 2014

When I was in my first political science class at Augie, I remember the first paragraph of the text tried to define “politics.” It went something like this: Politics is what happens when people are…

Evaluating Externalities
November 8, 2014

What can get mystifying about politics is that opposing politicians can have such different opinions about political issues. It seems like they can never agree about what to do about a given situation…

Finishing the Story
July 30, 2011

Bush explains 9/11 classroom reaction: I find this really interesting. Former President George W. Bush says what some people took as his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the Sept. 11,…

The Human Tie and the Lack of Corporate Morality
October 13, 2014

I own 25% of my company, which is a significant percentage. This chunk of ownership binds me to this company, in the sense that I see the company as a sort of extension of myself in many ways. I’m not…

The Imperfections of Freedom
January 14, 2012

I just finished Ron Paul’s book Liberty Defined. it’s a collection of essays on “50 essential issues that affect our freedom.” There’s everything from Abortion to Zionism (yes, it’s in alphabetical…

Individual vs. Group Focus
May 30, 2012

The Neal Boortz Commencement Speech: This supposed commencement speech by Neal Boortz is incendiary as hell, but I appreciated for articulating a point that I find very true: the difference between a…

The Individual vs. The Community
November 7, 2014

Your personal political philosophy is highly influence by how you view the way individuals relate to their larger community. For example: Conservatives view the individual as the prime mover. The…

Labels and Contexts
November 13, 2014

When discussing labels like “conservative” and “liberal,” it needs to be acknowledged that there are different contexts in which they apply. People can be both conservative and liberal at the same…

Lowering Taxes Does Not Raise Revenue
November 26, 2011

I try to give all political opinions a fair shake, but there is one conservative assertion that just makes me hang my head with embarrassment. This is the assertion that cutting taxes actually…

The Media and The Truth(s)
July 20, 2020

There is no one truth about anything. Everything is filtered.

On Moral Hazard
October 19, 2019

As I write this, America is embroiled in the Ukrainian impeachment crisis. The claim is that Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for a political favor – he wanted them to…

The (Original) Problems of Haiti
January 15, 2010

I’m more than a little amazed that I stumbled on this article. A divided island: the forces working against Haiti: For years, I have wondered about this very question: why has the Dominican Republic…

The Plight of the Christian Democrat
November 4, 2012

Why I am a beautiful Christian Democrat: I enjoyed this post and agree with it in large part. At some point – the 1964 Republican Convention, say some – the Republican Party established itself as the…

Political Representation Among the Lower Class
August 28, 2011

Economic Inequality and Political Representation: Here’s some light reading for the weekend. I examine the differential responsiveness of U.S. senators to the preferences of wealthy, middle-class, and…

The Politics of Getting Re-elected
November 14, 2014

One would hope that politicians always act in ways which they think will directly benefit the country. But, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they do things that actually go against their better…

Run, Donkey, Run
February 24, 2011

A bunch of Democratic senators are on the the run from Wisconsin so they don’t have to vote on what appears to be a union-busting bill sponsored by the governor. According to this CNN article, this…

The Sad State of Political Commentary
June 24, 2009

The O’Reilly Procedure: Ebert writes about a pet peeve of mine – political commentators, both on the right and the left. They drive me nuts. Ebert discusses Bill O’Reilly in particular. Understand…

The Sad Truth About Climate Change
September 2, 2010

(This post is going to make some people hate me. I’m sorry for this in advance.) I’ve come to some peace about climate change. I wasn’t obsessing about it before, but I do think about it quite a bit….

States’ Rights and the Scope of Government
November 28, 2014

There’s a constant debate in this country about the appropriate size, scope and strength of government. This debate has raged since all the country was founded and shows no signs of letting up….

Statutory vs. Effective Tax Rate
December 31, 2011

I’m learning the difference between the statutory tax rate and the effective tax rate. it’s an important distinction. The statutory tax rate is the tax imposed by law (by “statute,” hence the name)….

The Supreme Court Should Be Blameless
June 28, 2010

I get annoyed when people “applaud” the Supreme Court for decisions, or vice-versa. John Thune just did it on Facebook: I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in McDonald v. Chicago. The…

Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
September 12, 2010

This is such a loaded phrase: “Tax cuts for the wealthy.” Every election season, it’s thrown around like a weapon. And it’s never questioned – it’s constantly accepted as patently bad, even downright…

The Unbundling of “Marriage”
May 12, 2010

Marriage is a bundle. It is, all at once, a contract, a romance, and a spiritual institution. But I don’t think it’s going to stay this way. Marriage is actually three structures, layered on top of…

The U.S. Economy is Complex and Slow-Moving
September 27, 2014

I saw two animated statistical graphics recently that reinforced and sharpened a belief that I’ve had lurking in my head for years. Links to the graphics are below (I would embed, but they’d both be…

Which party is the “Christian party?
December 23, 2010

Walking Away From Church: This is a really interesting point in a really interesting article. Over the last few decades (and someone would say since the 60s), the Republican party has become the…

Why 51% Shouldn’t Be Enough
March 21, 2010

I don’t want to get too political, but Here’s my feeling on the process Congress is going through right now to get this health care bill passed. This is a huge bill, both in raw dollars and in the way…

Why Labels Matter
November 14, 2014

We’ve talked a bit about the “conservative” and “liberal” labels, but you might be wondering why they matter. Indeed, why wouldn’t a politician just eschew labels and say “I’ll do what’s best for the…

Why Taxes are Going to Go Up
December 26, 2011

Americans don’t really want spending cuts: This article is brutally honest, in two places. First, this is an important point to note: Any truly meaningful debt reduction plan must include Medicare,…

Why the Wealthy Subsidize the Tax Burden of the Middle and Lower Class
February 10, 2016

I have a theory: the U.S. economy requires a significant number of Americans to be stupid with money. If we ever all got our crap together and started managing our personal budgets responsibly, the…