European countries used to be a beacon for progressives eager to expand social programs and promote “democratic socialism,” but the comparison has fallen out of favor during the pandemic because it’s no longer politically useful. Europe has taken a more reasonable approach to vaccines, including analyzing their real risks, and abortion than American progressives will… Continue reading Coronavirus and abortion: Why can’t we be more like Europe?
The recent anti-Musk rants studiously avoid the blatant censorship of The New York Post under false pretenses in the middle of an election, which should be the centerpiece of any reasoned concerns about free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Instead, propagandists vent their outrage at the messenger. The New York Post is the… Continue reading The Twitter Files: So-called journalists ignore the obvious threat to their own industry and the First Amendment
The President’s plan to avert a catastrophic rail strike he already claimed victory for averting is to force unions who rejected his plan to accept it via legislation. The irony of a supposedly pro-union President forcing unions to his will could not be richer, except that some Republicans are all too willing to bail him… Continue reading Biden beats down big labor with inexplicable help from Republicans
As President Biden requests another $37 billion, no one seems remotely interested in ensuring these funds are spent wisely, but the dirty little secret of our forever war strategy has always been that the war itself is just a pretext to turn on the government spigot with no accountability or oversight. Earlier this week, the… Continue reading Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight
The Republicans managed to win the national popular vote for the first time since 2014, but a poor performance in competitive states prevented a red wave. Once, progressives were fond of calling this an “undemocratic” result, but the truth is that our system is exquisitely designed and the GOP needs to look to the states… Continue reading The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms
The GOP is behind the times on getting out the vote in the era of mail in ballots and messaging in a world driven by political passion and existential fights, but Democrats should also be wary of ignoring voter concerns. The red wave did not arrive this cycle, but that only increases the likelihood of… Continue reading Republicans need to accept the reality of mail in ballots, Democrats should be careful what they wish for, and other lessons from the midterms
Votes remain to be counted, but it’s clear the Republicans had a disappointing night, failing to capitalize on voter discontent and underperforming in key states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. At the same time, they were in the baffling positioning of over performing in other key states including Florida and Ohio. The question is why.… Continue reading The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics
The midterms were always going to be a referendum on President Biden, and no one should be surprised to learn that the country isn’t enthused with a chronically incompetent, serial liar in the White House. This is who Joe Biden has always been. It’s the reason no one wanted him in the first place, and… Continue reading As the midterms are underway, even CNN knows Joe Biden is full of malarkey and always has been
More and more experts are finally acknowledging the lockdown policies were a disaster. In a stunning turn of events, The Atlantic proclaims the need for a pandemic amnesty to reduce existing tensions, but conservatives are in no mood to forgive and forget without a reckoning of some kind. Last week, a leading proponent of coronavirus… Continue reading Coronavirus: Three conditions for a pandemic “amnesty”
The President has chosen to mount a self-interested defense of democracy as his closing message for the midterm elections rather than defend his own record. It’s one of the most cynical strategies in modern memory for furthering dividing Americans in the obvious pursuit of power. It’s also dumb and hopeless because voters know the deal.… Continue reading Biden: Cynical, dumb, hopeless, or all three at the same time?