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Is Ken Buck interested in constituent input?

So today I called my Representative, Ken Buck (R-CO) – a Tea Party Republican – to share my thoughts on the health care act. And of course my call goes to voice mail. I say “of course” because every time I call his office, it goes to voice mail, and I leave a message. But today I get a “mailbox full” message. I’m not quite sure what to make of this. Is this a “tired of hearing...

Echoes of the USSR

Today the Washington post is reporting that the White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears. This is reminiscent of the Soviet “political advisors” who were embedded in all departments of the government of the USSR and were paired with military officers at all units to ensure loyalty to the Communist Party. Cross a political advisor and you go to the gulag. Meanwhile the...

Blocking Gorsuch

How should Democratic Senators vote on Neil Gorsuch? This is an interesting question. On the one hand, Gorsuch is undoubtedly qualified, so this would suggest that Democrats have to vote for him, since his credentials are impeccable. And in normal times, that would be the end of it. However, these are not normal times. Because if qualifications were all that mattered, Merrick Garland would be sitting on the Supreme Court...

Libertarians: a definition

Libertarians: Those who believe that oppression is too important to be left to the government and should be handled more efficiently by the private sector.

Defunding Jesus

Ponder this: the self-proclaimed party of Christians just proposed a budget cutting the things that help the poor.  Yup, the Republicans defunded Jesus.

Why Republicans will continue to struggle to gover...

The Republican Congress is having a really hard time getting its majority to actually pass legislation. Why? It is almost facile to note that since Republicans don’t really believe in governance, they are unlikely to try to get good at it. But there is something deeper going on, too, and it has to do with the nature of democracy. A Democracy consists of diverse interest groups who all want slightly different things....