Category Archives: Politics and Policy

RyanFail: No Victory for Democrats

Now the fight begins in earnest. The collapse of the House Republicans w(h)ealthcare bill on Friday was a debacle for Paul Ryan, the Republican leadership, and Trump.  Trump and others may try to blame the Democratic Party for the ‘failure’, but … Continue reading

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Three Ring Circus: House, Senate & Trump/Putin

This week in Washington DC is proving a three ring circus.  Hard to know where to focus your attention, and perhaps that’s some of the point.  Those opposed to the Trump/House Republican domination of our government need to stay focused … Continue reading

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Secrets or Lies? Two Presidents on Trial

This morning I’m watching the House Intelligence Committee hearings with FBI Director James Comey as the lead witness.  (Also testifying is Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the Director of the National Security Agency.)  Republican and Democratic members of the committee are … Continue reading

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What To Make of Trump This Week?

Oh, what a long strange trip it’s been, and we’re only a month and a half into the four years of the Trump presidency. Today, on the intelligent conservative side of the political spectrum: Here’s Eric Posner saying he’s your … Continue reading

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What Are We For? Healthcare (1)

As we resist the Trump/Republican political cyclone domination of national political institutions, it is important to say what we are for.  (Not just what we are against.)  Here’s a first contribution. With Healthcare, it is relatively easy to say what we … Continue reading

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Should We Listen To Charles Murray?

Here’s how the story appeared in Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Newspaper: This is attention-getting, isn’t it? Here’s the story in Inside Higher Education.  Here it is in The Washington Post.  A mob committed violence to prevent someone from speaking.  A … Continue reading

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We Just Got SCRUBBED in the House

Very little national reporting on this, but on March 1 the House of Representatives passed HR 998, The SCRUB Act.  SCRUB stands for “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome.”  Quite a title. SCRUB passed on essentially a party-line vote. … Continue reading

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