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Politicians must consider unintended consequences

Politicians must consider unintended consequences

    By Paul Driessen It’s become a recurring, frustrating pattern, as legislators and regulators ignore the immutable laws of unintended consequences, to drive political agendas or aid favored constituencies, while harming others. A good example is corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards on vehicles. Originally enacted in 1975 to offset the impacts of the […]

Troll Awards

Troll Awards

    By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views   Most Trolls like to hide their true identities preferring to use aliases whenever possible. This year we are going to bring this adherent behavior out of the closet and bestow well deserved awards to those deserving “bugs on the windshield of life” Welcome to […]

California Politicians Keep Raising the Cost-of-Living

California Politicians Keep Raising the Cost-of-Living

By ED RING Ever since the surprise victory of Donald Trump on November 8th, California’s Democratic leadership have asserted their determination to thwart the Trump agenda. Expect unity and resolve from California’s legislature, where democrats now hold a super-majority in both chambers. Even before Nov. 8th, California’s legislature was a trend-setting force, enacting laws intended […]

War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

By Thomas L. Knapp On July 28, London’s Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, aka “the Old Bailey,” announced the conviction of Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on charges of “inviting support for a proscribed organization” (the Islamic State). He’ll be sentenced, likely to a long stint in prison, in September. On August 18, social […]

Holiday Greetings from Planet Elizabeth Warren

Holiday Greetings from Planet Elizabeth Warren

By Thomas L. Knapp It is an election year and I am a political junkie. Therefore my inbox runneth over with political emails. Recently I’ve received numerous such emails (from avowedly “progressive” organizations) alerting me to US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s latest hobbyhorse. “Election Day should be a holiday,” says the Massachusetts Democrat, “so no one […]

Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to Dump Bill Weld

Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to Dump Bill Weld

By Thomas L Knapp I didn’t pay much attention in 1972 when vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton was removed from  the Democratic ticket and replaced by Sargent Shriver after it came to light that Eagleton had a record of psychiatric hospitalizations. I have a pretty good excuse  for being distracted — I was five years old […]

#NeverNeverTrump: What’s Evan McMullin Really After?

#NeverNeverTrump: What’s Evan McMullin Really After?

By Thomas L. Knapp For months, voices from the #NeverTrump movement have confidently promised Americans a fifth credible presidential candidate, an alternative not only to Donald Trump but to Democratic pick Hillary Clinton, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party standard-bearer Jill Stein. Echoing those promises, a shadowy group calling itself “Better For America,” funded […]

Viewpoint: Donald Trump: Unprincipled Populist

Viewpoint: Donald Trump: Unprincipled Populist

By Thomas L. Knapp Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric is, by most accounts, “populist,” but that’s a broad description. Trump takes his “populism” from a particular historical tradition — one with a baleful history in American politics. What is populism, and what’s the problem with Trump’s version of it? Simplified, populism is the notion that […]

Is the Party Over for Republicans?

Is the Party Over for Republicans?

By Thomas L. Knapp The last time a major American political party fell completely apart, it did so over the expansion of slavery. The split between the Whig Party’s northern and southern factions resulted in the party’s dissolution, the ascendance of the Republican Party (the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, was a former Whig), and […]

Hillary Clinton: More Equal Under the Law Than Others

Hillary Clinton: More Equal Under the Law Than Others

By Thomas L. Knapp In his July 5 press briefing, FBI director James Comey spoke 2,341 words explaining his decision not to recommend criminal charges over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to transmit, receive and store classified information during her tenure as US Secretary of State. He could have named that tune […]

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