The bipartisan infrastructure push, part two: This is definitely not the way things are supposed to work

Call it a no-compromise compromise:  Democrats use the Republicans to provide their stamp of approval on a portion of their wishlist, then violate the longstanding democratic norms they claim to care so much about by going it alone on the rest.  Even more incredibly, President Biden made this announcement on the very same day he… Continue reading The bipartisan infrastructure push, part two: This is definitely not the way things are supposed to work

The strange case of Ashli Babbitt and the unknown Capitol Police Officer who killed her

Air Force Veteran Ashli Babbitt was the only person killed at the Capitol attack by gunshot wound, but over five months later, we still don’t know the real circumstances of her death or the name of the police officer who killed her.  Her family is now demanding answers as speculation and rumors abound.  Should the… Continue reading The strange case of Ashli Babbitt and the unknown Capitol Police Officer who killed her

Budget Reconciliation: No longer for budgets, and the more bills the merrier, whether or not they have anything to do with one another

The Senate Parliamentarian ruled this week that the Democrats can pass as many bills as they want, contravening 50 years of precedent and further eroding the basics of the English language.  Welcome to a world where infrastructure is no longer infrastructure, budgets are no longer budgets, and one bill per year could be an infinity… Continue reading Budget Reconciliation: No longer for budgets, and the more bills the merrier, whether or not they have anything to do with one another

Whatever happened to democratic norms? Free speech, the filibuster, nine Supreme Court Justices, and fifty states, suddenly aren’t norms?

Freedom of speech, a norm since 1791.  Filibusters since 1837.  Nine Justices on the Supreme Court since 1869.  50 states since 1959.  All are currently on the chopping block.  It’s almost enough to make you think the raging against Donald Trump breaking political norms was just hard-nosed politics and ginned up outrage. Less than two… Continue reading Whatever happened to democratic norms? Free speech, the filibuster, nine Supreme Court Justices, and fifty states, suddenly aren’t norms?