What If… Gary Johnson Had Won in 2016?

Yesterday evening, scrolling through Facebook, I saw a former colleague of mine from EB Games, M, post the following meme image, without any commentary: I posted a quick reply: “Honestly, what do you think would have been different with Johnson?” I didn’t expect a reply, but one was soon forthcoming. In case that’s not entirely … Continue reading What If… Gary Johnson Had Won in 2016?

Writing My Congressman: The American Health Care Act

The Honorable Scott Perry United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. Office 1207 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Perry: Yesterday afternoon the Congressional Budget Office issued its report on the American Health Care Act. Their conclusions on the consequences of the AHCA are shocking — 24 million Americans will lose health … Continue reading Writing My Congressman: The American Health Care Act

The Travel Ban and the Steve Bannon Playbook

I didn’t go to the protest at BWI yesterday. If I’d found out about it two hours earlier, I might have; I didn’t have anything else happening yesterday. In the last twenty-four hours I’ve seen several writers note that the protests against Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim countries are a feature, not a bug, … Continue reading The Travel Ban and the Steve Bannon Playbook

Thoughts on the “Rogue” Government Twitter Accounts

In the last week Twitter has exploded with “rogue” government Twitter accounts, accounts that purport to be “employees… disgruntled by moves the [Trump] administration has made to tamp down on these agency’s abilities to spread their messages… and have taken to Twitter to resist Trump’s authoritarianism.” There are even some (I know of three) that … Continue reading Thoughts on the “Rogue” Government Twitter Accounts

Scenes from the Women’s March in Baltimore

Today I attended the Women’s March sister march in Baltimore. There isn’t much of a narrative here, and I’d struggle to stitch one together. I’ll give some brief background, an account of what I did and witnessed, pictures of what I saw, and some final remarks. This is going behind a link, as there are … Continue reading Scenes from the Women’s March in Baltimore

The Electoral College Won’t Prevent President Trump

The Electoral College is not going to stand in Donald Trump’s way. I’ve seen chatter the last few days, both on political blogs and Facebook, that the voters of the Electoral College can, or even should, vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. (For example, here.) It’s a nice idea — it’s the way … Continue reading The Electoral College Won’t Prevent President Trump

Evan McMullin’s Plan to Win the Presidency

As quixotic as it is, I have to admire Evan McMullin’s plan to win the presidency. The primary reason I find it admirable is that, unlike the other non-major party candidates, McMullin has a strategy. He quite openly states that his plan is to throw the election to the House of Representatives and he’s hoping, … Continue reading Evan McMullin’s Plan to Win the Presidency

Skittles, Syrians, and Accidental Genius

Last night on Twitter I saw Donald Trump, Jr.’s tweet about Syrian refugees and Skittles. This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016 pic.twitter.com/9fHwog7ssN — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016 It struck me as a stupid and crass thing to say, and I watched … Continue reading Skittles, Syrians, and Accidental Genius

Ted Cruz and the Kick-Off of the 2020 Campaign

Let me ramble on for a few minutes about Ted Cruz’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention. For those coming in late, last night Ted Cruz delivered a speech — that was known in advance not to be an endorsement of Donald Trump — that was, surprisingly to pretty much everyone, an anti-Trump … Continue reading Ted Cruz and the Kick-Off of the 2020 Campaign

The Republican Convention and the Potential for Future Violence

Last night, on the second night (of four) of the Republican National Convention, the Republican Party nominated Donald J. Trump as its standard bearer for this year’s presidential campaign. Presidential conventions in the last thirty years, since I was old enough to pay attention, are stage-managed, scripted pep rallies. Nothing unexpected happens. Nothing controversial happens. … Continue reading The Republican Convention and the Potential for Future Violence

Writing My Congressman: The New Overtime Rules

I took some time and wrote a letter — on paper! — to my Congressman. What motivated me?

House Republicans are attempting to stop the NLRB’s new overtime rules for salaried employees in an appropriations bill. Such a move would affect me directly; right now, when the rules go into effect, I would effectively be looking at a meaningful pay raise. Continue reading