Tag Archives: North Carolina General Assembly

The Hidden Forest

There is an old saying about not being able to see the forest for the trees. Basically it is about distraction; focusing on part and therefore not seeing the whole. I fear we may well be in that situation when it comes to national politics. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Hidden Forest

It Would Be A Nightmare!

Perhaps I’m being overly optimistic, but I don’t see Trumpcare in its current form passing in both chambers of Congress even with the benefit of using reconciliation to get it through the Senate. I am very doubtful that it can pass the House. I don’t see any Democratic support and the Republicans are far from united in support of it. With earmarks gone, Speaker Paul Ryan no longer can control his caucus like in days gone by. That was one of the things that led to John Boehner effectively saying take this job and shove it. On the premise that I’m counting the votes incorrectly, let’s explore what Trumpcare might yield. Continue reading It Would Be A Nightmare!

A Path Forward – Part One

This is the first of several articles I intend to write about a path forward for the Democratic Party because it is the only viable option for American progressives. For the purposes of getting elected, progressives and Democrats are currently synonymous in American politics; in fact I will employ the word “we” often in this series. That itself is part of the problem which I will explore in more depth in this series. Let’s begin to explore. Continue reading A Path Forward – Part One

Bad; Then (Almost Unbelievably) Worse

If you are looking for an example of what a Republican dominated, Trump led Washington will look like Raleigh, North Carolina might be a good place to start your quest. Here is a warning: It is ugly and even more dysfunctional than most progressives think it will be. Let’s explore. Continue reading Bad; Then (Almost Unbelievably) Worse

Expected Velocity

I’m certain a good number of Americans spent part of their Thanksgiving holiday discussing what they expected out of the incoming Trump administration. Well, I like most, have been terrible at predicting Donald Trump but this time I think I am onto something in large part because it goes well beyond Trump and I have lived in North Carolina for the past several years. Continue reading Expected Velocity