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Oil’s well that ends well

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The United States is the world’s largest energy consumer.

Which nation is the world’s largest energy producer?

If you said the U.S. — and who would have? — you’d be right.

Oh, how I wish that my father, who lost his business 40 years ago to the Arab oil embargo, had lived to see this day.

Leadership by example

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Here’s one Congressman who doesn’t think he should get paid during a government shutdown, and what he’s doing about it.

I’ve been living in California for 25 years now. For many of those years, budgets were passed way past our constitutionally mandated drop-dead date for budget passage. So a few years ago, voters approved a measure that docks the pay of legislators until a budget is passed. Here’s what has happened every year since: we’ve had budgets passed, on time.

I have little doubt what would happen if we enacted that for Congress.

Plan of inaction

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Another shooting rampage today, this time in our nation’s Capitol. Ho hum. Oh well — guess there’s nothing to be done about any of this.

As for my Congressman, he’s providing “thoughts and prayers.” Because that has been working so well.

Disaster relief

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Here’s a petition I fully endorse, partly because it links two sorts of disasters in exactly the way they should be linked.

Comedians everywhere mourn

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Looks like San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is going to step down.

A unique view of the news

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

No matter what you thought of Wendy Davis’ 12-hour filibuster, I’ll bet you it wasn’t what people in Taiwan thought of it. (But hey, this makes more sense than most of what you see in the news.)

When Right is right

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

What’s the best way to make the Tea Party go away? By not proving their paranoia right.  I’m probably even more outraged than they are, because the IRS singling them out just feeds them.

Happy post-fiscal cliff

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

We’ll get to celebrate it again in about two months. More fun to look forward to, courtesy of your government and mine.

Options for limiting schoolhouse gun tragedies

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

A couple of potential solutions:

  1. Start arming our children, and also amend the Constitution to clarify that they are part of our armed militia. Or:
  2. Everybody who voted for Obama joins the NRA — and then takes it over.

Winning theory

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I’m fascinated by stories like this one, in the Wall Street Journal, with the headline  “Top Ohio Republicans Ask Why Party Lost.” Here are some of their theories — and from my reading, none of these theories seem restricted to just Ohio:

  • A “failed voter-turnout operation”
  • “An unforeseen surge in African-American voters”
  • “An unexpectedly weak GOP ground game, particularly in the final days.”
  • “Infighting within the state party that they say crippled the campaign’s organization.”
  • “…the Obama administration’s auto-industry bailout, combined with a summer ad barrage, left a decisive imprint that Mr. Romney never shook off.”

There are more of these — my favorite being Karl Rove’s claim that the Obama campaign “suppressed the vote” by, well, running the sort of negative campaigns that Mr. Rove usually likes to fund himself. But I have an alternative theory, one that I don’t see the GOP spending a lot of time thinking about:  When the majority of voters got a good hard look at their candidate, and his policies, they decided they liked the other guy more.

Sometimes, things really are as simple as they seem.