Governmental policy

May 23, 2015

What would Edwards Deming do about racism?

Journalists, political pundits and candidates are lining up to make the pronouncement that the Big Issue for 2016 will be criminal justice reform — encompassing everything from police conduct and prosecutorial policies to minimum mandatory sentencing, restoration of felons’ rights, and mass incarceration: the hot new buzz-phrase of the year. […]
May 10, 2015

The Case for a Carry Permit

Between several recent events in the usually quiet community where I live and the wisdom of an NRA friend who constantly reminds me that “an armed society is a polite society,” it’s clear that the time has come to join the ranks of the ready-aim-fire set, and get a permit […]
April 25, 2015

The Death of Sunshine?

Once upon a time, the Sunshine State lived up to its name, governmentally speaking. We had a governor who campaigned for constitutional amendments that established laws mandating financial disclosure, a code of ethics for public officials, public records and open meetings; and pushed and prodded the Legislature into passing meaningful […]
February 13, 2015

Open Primaries: A Cure for What Ails the Political System

Pop quiz: Which is worse: the SCOTUS decision on Citizens United or closed primaries? Most folks who understand the political process as a result of actual experience will be hard-pressed to choose, but I believe a strong case can be made for closed primaries. Why? Because those exclusionary elections, which […]
February 22, 2012

Some of the Differences between Republicans & Democrats (As Republicans See it)

In our continuing effort to help people understand Republicans and what they believe, this brief post offers a few examples of how Republicans perceive certain political behaviors depending on whether they are displayed by Republicans or Democrats. When Republicans refuse to compromise, they’re being principled and protecting Very Important American […]
January 21, 2012

What Republicans Believe

As the GOP primary season has progressed, the issues have become less clear and comprehensible, largely due to the profusion of ads and other messaging by super-pacs, whose mission it is to ensure that the issues become obscured and inscrutable to the average voter, so that he/she can concentrate on […]
March 23, 2011

Florida Follies: Protecting Corporations Instead of Abused Children

Of all of the venal manifestations of reverse-Robin Hoodism emanating from national and state legislative bodies in this year of radical right-wing revenge at the expense of the middle class, the working poor, the helpless and the needy, none is more odious or less justifiable than Senate Bill 1500 in Florida. […]