Self-employed Wisconsin widower and writer with an interest in political and economic issues.


    The Kasich conundrum

    Several years ago when John Kasich made his first venture into presidential politics, he possessed several attributes that made him a promising candidate. He was authentic and relatable; and equally important, good on television. He was accomplished, having been a key player in creating the budget surpluses of 1998-2001 and he was articulate. He was the the antithesis of typical Republican candidates with the notable | Read More »

    President Obama ‘Humility is beneath him’

    In an interview on Uncommon Knowledge (5/12/2012), economist Thomas Sowell noted that Barack Obama “has a talent for saying things that make no sense sound plausible and even inspiring.” It takes a certain facility with words, but it also requires a measure of arrogance and the complicity of the press to achieve persuasion. All three were evident in the president’s remarks on Tuesday. The president | Read More »

    The upside of shutdown

    What has the shutdown accomplished? Truth be told, we don’t know for sure. Was it worth doing? Absolutely. Consider the worst case scenario going forward; Republicans are forced into giving the Senate a clean CR. How do the Democrats benefit? The funding fight doesn’t end. It just gets rolled over into the debt ceiling negotiation. The Democrats will enter that fight with three additional self–inflicted | Read More »

    Monday morning quarterbacks

    The wisdom of the Cruz strategy is being widely criticized today (9/23). It is being measured against some theoretical ideal rather than the real world alternatives. We can only choose between the options actually available to us. What are those choices? We can do nothing. Or, we can patiently wait for the expiration of the president’s term, hoping to then persuade the voters to disassemble | Read More »

    The Aftermath of Defund

    “These guys can’t count.” The defund effort was labeled as everything from straight up stupidity to a well-meaning but misguided effort to overturn the ACA. But Senator Cruz never suggested that he had votes to pass the bill or to prevent cloture. His willingness to press on suggests that he grasped the big picture all along. Obamacare is going to survive in some form. The | Read More »

    A look at John Hawkin’s “25 Most Influential People on the Right for 2013″

    The Right identified in the above column refers to the more conservative 1/2 of the general population, not to  a specific constituency within the Republican party. I wonder if he’s correctly identified the most influential. And if he’s correct, what does that foretell about coming elections? There are only two women on this list, Michelle Malkin at #25 and Sarah Palin at #3. There are | Read More »

    Clinton to carry the ball for Obamacare

    The Obama administration is protecting a small lead late in the game with the ball deep in their own territory. Some coaches would punt and gamble that the defense will protect the lead and win the game. The president has decided to put the backup quarterback in and play offense. Bill Clinton is going to be the public face of Obamacare in the waning minutes. | Read More »

    Talking to the low information voter

    I always cringe when Republican spokespersons or strategists are paired with their Democratic counterparts for ‘discussions’ of the issues. The media rarely challenge the even the most questionable assertions made by  Democrats. More troubling, the Republican is seldom able to refute even the most egregious misrepresentations. Rick Unger, a left-leaning strategist, noted to Neil Cavuto on 8/11/13 that more should be required of the 1 | Read More »

    Republicans don’t know whether to **** or wind their watch

    Republicans have cited three reasons for not supporting the strategy outlined in Senator Lee’s letter; 1) the war is already over, Obama won and the ACA is the law of the land, 2) the timing is bad because Obamacare will eventually fall of its own weight, and 3) we’re only going to get one crack at this and this particular strategy is destined to fail. | Read More »

    Affordable Care Act; a case study

    I just spent the afternoon conducting a personal case study on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Being 63 years old, I need coverage to bridge the twenty months from now until I qualify for Medicare in March of 2015. This what I was able to find out. A major medical policy covering physician, medication and facility charges attendant to hospitalizations and including some | Read More »