Politics, Moderate



It's not about Trump, It's about his voters

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It's true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters decided that Trump was the lesser of two evils.

In a ...Read more

Venmo Is forcing big banks to innovate

Back in the 1960s, banks were not allowed to operate in more than one state. In fact, many states didn't even allow branch banking, so there were lots of small local banks around the nation. Since then, of course, the rules have changed and the industry is dominated by a handful of very large national banks.

Despite public uneasiness about the ...Read more

Ending the federal monopoly on regulation

Not too long ago, Democrats complained about Republican governors and state legislators using their authority to fight Obamacare. Now, those same Democrats are encouraging state and local officials to fight President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris treaty on climate change.

Such hypocrisy is, of course, bipartisan. Republicans who lauded ...Read more

Two ways of looking at America

There are two ways of looking at America.

One approach offers hope for a bright future, focuses on common ground shared by most Americans and is grounded in pragmatism and reality. The other offers a depressing outlook, encourages polarization and is grounded in ideology and fantasy.

The positive approach is built upon America's founding ...Read more

Five steps to create a bright future for our nation

Losing faith in our dysfunctional system of politics and government is the essential first step for anyone who wants America to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. Only by recognizing this reality and losing faith can we be freed to explore other ways of working together in community.

That leads directly to the second ...Read more

New tool highlights Dems' challenges in fight for senate control

Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics has become one of the nation's top political analysts. Sean and his colleague David Byler have just released a new tool for analyzing the 2018 U.S. Senate elections.

Drawing upon recent history, they have identified a few key factors that will determine control of the Senate -- the president's job approval ...Read more

Pessimistic about politics, optimistic about America

It's not fashionable to say these days, but I am very optimistic about America's future. I believe that our nation's best days are still to come and that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have enjoyed.

I am optimistic despite believing that our nation's political system is badly broken.

My personal journey from...Read more

A culture of independence

On May 4, 1776, the colony of Rhode Island declared its independence from Great Britain. That was two full months before the Continental Congress got around to issuing the document we now revere as the Declaration of Independence.

But, even though Rhode Island acted on its own, they were thinking big. To emphasize that official proceedings ...Read more

Lessons In democracy

Like most Americans, I groaned when the mail included a summons to jury duty. Having been there before, I envisioned three days of wasted time in a bland room with lousy internet service. Instead, I served on a jury and came away with a renewed confidence in America's tradition of self-governance.

My service as Juror Number 2 took place in ...Read more

Thank You, Jackie Robinson

Seventy years ago this Saturday, Jackie Robinson made history by breaking the Major League color barrier. MVP awards, All-Star selections and championships recognized his skills as a player. His very presence dramatically changed the world of baseball. Within a few months, other teams began adding black ballplayers. Over the following 12 ...Read more

Free Local Communities to Set Their Own Minimum Wage

Last week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage above the statewide level of $7.25 per hour. The bill was a response to four counties passing local laws boosting the minimum to $10.10 per hour or higher. Ballotpedia.org reports that similar battles between state and local ...Read more

In 2016, Clinton Democrats Rejected Clinton

Last week, I suggested that the 206 Pivot Counties that voted twice for Barack Obama and then voted for Donald Trump are a good place to study the changing political landscape. Data developed by Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics, shows that these counties consistently voted more Democratic than the nation at large from 1996 to...Read more

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