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Facts and Elections


My first reaction to the selection of Paul Ryan as Vice-Presidential nominee was similar to the views of many others. Ryan is a policy wonk and we can now have a serious national discussion about entitlements. While there are many

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Posted in Elections, Politics, Presidency

Some Thoughts


Some thoughts on various things: Anger and Humor The Republicans keep reacting to every Democratic hyperbole with anger. That is the wrong approach. Humor is more effective than anger. I suggest the Republican side produce a commercial with the tag

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Posted in Elections, Media, Politics

Trayvon and The Democrats


Democrats and some media (MSNBC, for example) are rushing into the Trayvon Martin case as if it is an unalloyed political gift for Democrats and progressives. While it may help some Democratic office holders, it has the potential to be

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Posted in Elections, Race and Politics

Election Laws


Election laws are a matter of life and death for a political party. If you want to understand how they feel about the electoral process, ignore their flowery speeches and look at the changes they propose or oppose in election

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Posted in Elections, Maryland Politics, Politics

It Ain’t Luck


In every business transaction, we evaluate the capabilities of the people providing the service. Each mechanic, plumber, barber, hair stylist, doctor, lawyer or even movie “Indian Chief” is evaluated. We go back to, or “re-hire” the good ones and stop

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Posted in Economy, Elections, History, Jobs, Leadership, Presidency

Thoughts on 2012


Some thoughts on where we are and the coming political campaign: The United States The U.S. is still in a slowdown. More layoffs are happening and the “softer” unemployment numbers (like retirees) are growing. This will continue to dampen spending

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Posted in Elections, Politics, Presidency, Uncategorized

Now is the Time


Many people would like to see a certain woman run for President against Barack Obama. No, not Sarah Palin … Hillary Clinton. One of the earliest articles about Hillary opposing Obama in the Democratic primaries was published in Salon on

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Posted in Elections, Politics, Presidency

Budget Vaporware


Actual products have virtues and faults. Promised products are perfect. In the computer industry, machinery (hardware) and programs (software), as delivered, are real. Promised products (Vaporware) are full of air until they become actual products. A few decades ago, vaporware

Posted in Elections, Government, Politics

Obama and Jobs


The June, 2011 job figures showed very weak job creation and the unemployment rate is now at 9.2%. Another, more comprehensive measure (called U6) is now at 16.2%. There are two axioms about the President and the economy. First, the public

Posted in Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Jobs, Presidency

Maryland in 2010


Note to my readers: This article is more detailed than my normal columns – I am unleashing my inner Michael Barone. ___________________ In any normal election year, the Maryland off-year elections should be relatively boring. If there are any real

Posted in 2010, Elections, Maryland Politics, Steny
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