“The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them.” ― Christopher Hitchens
There are two types of promises: comforting lies, and those meant to be kept. Campaign promises differ from normal ones only in the choice of subject; where a doctor might tell a panicked child, “Now, you might feel a little pinch,” a politician will promise to end world hunger (more…)
There’s a curious debate going on in this country, and I’m here to settle it.
Republicans are worried about voter fraud. Democrats are worried about voter suppression. Both topics are all through the news right now, and they’ll continue to be trumpeted through the election. If we asked them, most people would say that at least one of these subjects ought to be a matter of blazing headlines, followed by investigations, prosecutions, and convictions.
They say a lot of people in this country don’t vote. I’d say that, for non-voters, we Americans take the subject pretty seriously. (more…)
The news stories on the current government shutdown are composed almost entirely of quotes from various lawmakers who want nothing more than to try and cast the blame on each other and on the President. After all, there were three perfectly good compromise plans (they say), and if only there were effective leadership and reasonable people on the other side of the aisle, we could have picked one and got on with our lives.
What they all carefully avoid mentioning is that a shutdown is arguably better than us passing yet another continuing resolution.
Let me explain, and then you can tell me if you agree. (more…)
Congress hasn’t been this popular since Iran-Contra.
I don’t mean ‘popular’ as in ‘people approve of it’; even the best Congresses rank slightly below pit scorpions on the trustworthiness index. But it’s been the highest-rated show on daytime television, and that’s pretty impressive for a hidebound government institution.
On March 20th, I wrote an article about Director Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The headline was, “Comey Testifies, Says Nothing”. Today, he testified as a private citizen before the Senate, and the story is the same. Once again, James Comey said nothing, and he said it well. (more…)
In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee today, Monday, 20 Mar 2017, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is in fact investigating whether the Russian government attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election, and who if anyone colluded with them in their actions. As well, he spoke at some brief length on the process involved in ordering wiretaps, stating that President Obama could not have tapped the phone lines at Trump Tower during the election.
Before I go on, let me just say that his testimony (more…)
The Washington Post broke a story on the 9th to the effect that Russia hacked the American presidential elections this year.
As is becoming the new normal in modern journalistic practice, the story has several different headlines, each fine-tuned to appeal to the target audience. The main print version was released as “Obama Orders Review Of Russian Hacking During Presidential Campaign”, but the regional headlines differ slightly. The online version was titled the eminently clickable “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House”. (more…)