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…And the lack thereof.

Political discourse in three easy steps

  1. See an article or video critical of a political party you dislike.
  2. Since you already disagree with that party, anything negative about them must be accurate. Fact-checking, researching of issues, or any other form of verification is not necessary.
  3. Repost to your favorite social media site(s) to be seen by all your friends.

Court decrees: obeying the law not suspicious

See Lowering the Bar, one of my absolute favorite blogs.

I’ve often wondered if one could be pulled over for driving at or under the speed limit. After all, everyone drives a little faster than the speed limit. The only reason to drive under the speed limit would be to avoid being pulled over by the police. And the only people who want to avoid being pulled over by the police are… criminals. Right?

Beware a lawmaker with a disarming smile

So much has been said lately on the topic of firearms regulation that I’m not sure that there is much to add. As the people of the United States engage in this debate I hope that we can remember what the word «rights» means in the context of governance. A «right» is not necessarily the right thing to do, but simply something which a government cannot restrict. The question is not so much whether more people should own firearms as much as whether it’s OK for the government to tell us whether we may own firearms.

The Electoral College has outlived its purpose

I wanted to get this out there before the election results start coming in, in case we have a situation where the electoral winner of the election is not the same as the candidate with the most popular votes. If that happens, anyone complaining will be seen as a sore loser and I want to be clear no matter how this election goes, this campaign season has convinced me that the electoral college causes more problems than it fixes and it needs to be eliminated.

How about a usually-balanced budget amendment?

Just thinking out loud here for a moment. I’m sure that any flaws in my logic will be pointed out in the comments.

My only problem with a balanced budget amendment is that times of economic downturn could be the worst time to cut back spending. I’m not going to go full keynesian and say that if the economy shrinks that it’s time to increase spending, but I will concede that cutting back at those times is likely to be counterproductive.

Rehabilitating Keynes

The American right is fond of spitting the word keynesian as an epithet, just as those on the left hold Keynes up to be some sort of savior, rescuing the masses from the tyranny of the wealthy. Today’s economic policies that the left promotes and the right attempts to thwart rely heavily on the keynesian idea that when a nation’s economy is stalling, the government should increase spending even if that means going into debt.

If you're on the left or the right, you've missed the point

Not too long ago I was shopping in my local grocery store when I ran into an old friend whom I had not seen in some time. She and I had been out on the streets of San Francisco on the night of Barack Obama’s election to witness the electric atmosphere and celebration. She and I wrote slogans in chalk on the sidewalk in front of the Ninth Circuit that night and a few other times. She was there at the grocery store with a fellow she introduced me to, adding in almost worshipful tones that he was, «an Occupier.»

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