Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What Will Trump Do?

As time draws near for Trump to talk to the special prosecutor, he seems to be wriggling like a fish on a hook.  For someone who is certain that he has acted appropriately, he sure seems to fear Mueller and crew.  Thoughts?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

WH Termination Signs

This is a somewhat amusing list of warning signs for people who work for Trump.
CNN 6 Signs You Are Going

I especially like:
"3. Be the subject of too much press attention.  Good, bad or ugly, it's well-established that Trump wants his staff, whether they run a massive federal agency or keep a small office in the West Wing, to stay out of the headlines -- his headlines."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Government Control

Jerry took issue with how a Nolan Diagram depicts government control.  In the following case there will be little argument that this is our elected government seizing control of a challenging issue.  By doing so they will place firm controls on businesses and individual citizens, for the good of citizens and tax payers.

VOX Nicotine Limits
Politco Trumps FDA Weighs Nicotine Limits

It is kind of odd that they did not do this earlier...  I mean nicotine is highly addictive, cigarettes are very deadly and for some reason we kept letting companies lace cigarettes with high levels of nicotine.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"Yes Men" Need only Apply

It is very strange that Trump says he appreciates different opinions and creative conflict... And yet "President Donald Trump signaled on Tuesday he's prepared to dismiss aides with whom he's clashed -- including national security adviser H.R. McMaster -- as he works to surround himself with advisers more aligned with his populist agenda and freewheeling style."  CNN More Changes

And how terrible can he be at interviewing... I mean look at the astronomical turnover.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Good Principals Matter

Another good piece by David Brooks. NYT Good Leaders Make Good Schools

We often focus on holding Teachers accountable, however getting the correct management in place and enabling them to make a difference can be just as important.

And Lord knows a questionable manager can ruin a work place very quickly...

Monday, March 12, 2018

How to Unify Americans?

Ezra Klein at VOX wrote an interesting piece.  Americans unify against foreign threats. Can we unify without one?  It reminded me of something a friend of mine said this weekend as we discussed political issues.  It went something like this:

When people are hungry, they have one problem.
When people are well fed, they find lots of problems. 

Maybe that is the biggest problem we have in the USA at this time... Most everybody has too much money and time, therefore they spend it making mountains out mole hills?

I mean we have people out striving to save owls, own pretty much useless guns, use one bathroom or the other, prevent people from marrying the one they love, shelter illegal residents, give rich people tax cuts, give lazy people free money, make it difficult for some citizens to vote, etc, etc, etc. 

What are we thinking???  And how do we get back to supporting common core goals that will make America safer, stronger, smarter, more competitive, etc?  Or will it take a national or international crisis to make us all re-evaluate our tribes, positions, beliefs, priorities, etc?  Thoughts?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

VOX Teacher Pay

VOX Your State's Teachers are Underpaid, See How Much

This is an interesting piece, however I have not been able to determine which inflation rate they have chosen to use.  The normal CPI Inflation Measure, GPI Inflation Indicator or something else.

Just a note.  The comments at Minnpost White Progressives are on going.

Mayor Warns Illegals

I am still stunned by the news that the Oakland Mayor warned ILLEGAL workers about pending ICE operations. What in the world are California Liberals thinking?

And how do we law abiding citizens stop them from sheltering illegal workers who are harming the income potentials of our most vulnerable legal citizens?

CNN Sessions California and Illegals
FOX News Oakland Mayor Warns Illegals
NPR Oakland Mayor Supports

Is Massive Immigration an Unmitigated Blessing? An Interview on Immigration With Harvard Economist George Borjas

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump and Stormy

The great thing about this whole story is that pictures of Stormy and her incredibly attractive friends are everywhere. 😁   The down side... Sometimes there is also a picture of Trump there too. 😢

Any deeper thoughts on this whole fiasco?

Gun Control Summary

G2A's Simplified Gun Policy Goal Statement:
  1. Ensure that trained, responsible people can keep and carry their hunting and self defense weapons.
  2. Ensure these weapons are removed from the homes of scary angry, insane and generally irresponsible people.
  3. Minimize the death, injury and/or trauma to the innocent citizens of the USA when the system fails and a scary angry, insane and generally irresponsible person does not have their weapons confiscated.
G2A's Supporting Policy / Tools 
  1. Mandatory back ground checks for every gun purchase or ownership transfer. Eliminate gun show / internet sales loop holes.
  2. Mandatory confiscation of guns from people with anger issues / restraining orders. (Red Flag Laws)
  3. Improve NICS, and State and Agency reporting into the database.
  4. Mandatory Gun Registration (especially for hand guns and semi-automatic rifles)
  5. Severe penalties for ANYONE holding a gun that is NOT registered, that should be.
  6. Allow law suits against people who allow their guns to be stolen, especially if they have not reported the theft.
  7. Allow trained school personnel to conceal and carry.
  8. Limiting clip sizes to ~15 or fewer bullets
  9. Banning weapons that are bump fire-able.
The good news is that Florida bill addresses some of these common sense changes. CNN Florida Gun Law Awaits Govs Signature

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tariffs: The Tipping Point

From Sean:
Well, I'm just glad that we've found the tipping point for many Republicans. It wasn't the racism of Trump and his cronies or the deficit busting tax plan and budget or the multiple instances where hush money was paid to cover up his affairs or the fact that he and his family are using the Presidency to line their own pockets in brazen and unprecedented ways -- no, the issue that got them to finally criticize this President is tariffs. Tariffs!
VOX Trump vs GOP
FOX Busn Trump Adamant
BI Cohn Resigns

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bank Deregulation

Why White Progressives Fight School Choice

Why white progressives should stop crying over black parent choice and ‘segregated’ charters. By Lynnell Mickelsen

I love reading the pieces written by Lynnell... This is classic.
"Alas, there's no nice, noble or non-colonial way to tell parents of color to stay in schools that fail their children because, dammit, middle-class white people need jobs and middle-class white neighborhood schools on the other side of town need bigger budgets."
Other Related Pieces
MP Lynnell was Correct
MP Fix the White Liberals
MP Three Suggestions
MP Closes the Doors Again
MP Transformation
MP Stop Teacher Wars

Regulations Can Be Good for USA

I am not going to take the time to read this in detail, though it does seem interesting. Thoughts?

VOX Trump White House quietly issues report vindicating Obama regulations
The Hill Quiet Release
McKnight Regs Save Money
OMB Report

Monday, March 5, 2018

Chaos After Trump

From Laurie
Here is another opinion piece that I found interesting and a little depresiing in its predictions:

The Chaos After Trump