2018: The Year of Trade – Part 6

I jumped the gun in my last post on trade policy. I believed the Trump Administration had reached a deal behind the scenes based on Steve Mnuchin's comments on Fox News Sunday. Turns out President Trump turned on a dime soon after due to the rampant speculation that he had gone soft on China. I … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Trade – Part 6

2018: The Year Of Trade – Part 5

This morning buffoon of a National Economic Council Director, Larry Kudlow, gave a bumbling overview of the trade framework the US agreed to with China yesterday on ABC This Week. Thankfully Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin cleared things up on Fox News Sunday. Tariffs have been put on hold on both sides, and China has committed … Continue reading 2018: The Year Of Trade – Part 5

Democrats’ Path To A Midterm Loss Widens And “2018: The Year Of Trade – Part 4”

In a March 25 post on the state of trade negotiations I said: "This is precisely why the stock market is holdings up quite well in the face of D.C. “chaos”. The market knows full well this is the most business-friendly administration in modern American history and that it will not allow the globe to … Continue reading Democrats’ Path To A Midterm Loss Widens And “2018: The Year Of Trade – Part 4”

Personally Pro Life. Politically Pro Choice.

I have a evolved in my stance on abortion. With a highly conservative background I have long been staunchly pro life; and like most pro lifers I let my personal belief inform my political belief. My evolution began in earnest when I started challenging fellow pro lifers with a thought experiment: If feasible, would you … Continue reading Personally Pro Life. Politically Pro Choice.

The NYT Pooping Itself Constitutionally

The New York Times continues to dazzle us with its complete disregard for the constitutional underpinnings of our great democracy. Core to the underpinning is the neutral arbiter status of the federal court system and the SCOTUS. The Ninth District chose to go activist in an attempt to thwart the "authoritarian" Donald Trump, and recently … Continue reading The NYT Pooping Itself Constitutionally

2018: The Year of Trade – Part 3

As the entire world melts down over President Trump's eminently predictable (see here and here), yet seemingly erratic moves on trade policy, I am thoroughly enjoying sitting back and analyzing the ins and outs of the much-needed shake-up in global trade practices. After more than a year in office, 99 percent of political observers still … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Trade – Part 3

A Gun Control Proposal: Assault Rifles for Late-Term Abortions

Per usual in the hyper-polarized world of politics, the gun control debate in the wake of the tragic 17-person Florida massacre is woefully devoid of bipartisan structure. The problem is simple: Gun control proponents will never get gun owners to the table without committing to a concurrent discussion about abortion. The right to bear arms … Continue reading A Gun Control Proposal: Assault Rifles for Late-Term Abortions

The Trump Administration’s Stealth Reformation of the ACA and Its Application to the Next Maine Governor (Adam Cote)

In a May 2017 op-ed to the Portland Press Herald I outlined a bipartisan path to healthcare reform: expand coverage to the 29 million uninsured while deregulating the non-group health insurance market, letting "the government fund it, and the free market run it." This recommendation was based on the principle that the proper role of … Continue reading The Trump Administration’s Stealth Reformation of the ACA and Its Application to the Next Maine Governor (Adam Cote)

2018: The Year of Trade – Part 2

2018 continues to shape up as the "year of trade," with the Trump Administration set to open the year with aggressive action against China and other free trade free riders. Per usual, the mere questioning of America's trade agreements elicits screams of American global economic and free trade retrenchment, but with the most jobs/growth/business-friendly administration's … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Trade – Part 2