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Thoughts on Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court 02/11/2017

Set forth below is a "synopsis" of my current thoughts on the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Scalia....

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Guidelines for Thinking About President Trump 02/04/2017

We are two weeks in now on the Trump Presidency. It has gone about as I expected. We have the controversial Cabinet nominees, we have discussion about who is paying for the wall, we have the classless and distracting tweets, etc. I expected most, if not all of this. But, I didn't expect the strong reaction we have had from the citizens of our Republic. Maybe there are some people that didn't engage during the campaign that now realize their inaction has enabled this administration. Regardless, it has been good to see our citizens getting involved....

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The Trump Era Begins: What To Do? 01/07/2017

In less than two weeks our country will inaugurate a new President, Donald J. Trump. Since his victory in the Electoral College on November 8, 2016, Mr. Trump has done little to reach out to those that did not vote for him - which was a majority of Americans. Still, he won the Electoral College and under our laws he is the legitimate President-Elect. In other words, you don't have to like him but he will be in the White House regardless. So, what should those of us who didn't vote for him think? More to the point, what actions, if any, should we take in response to the new Trump era? I don't know for sure. And that is why I am writing my first blog post in more than a year and a half. I need to have a better sense of what we are dealing with in Trump. This post is the beginning of that search....

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The Battle Over LGBT 04/04/2015

The events of the past week in Indiana and my home state of Arkansas have once again brought LGBT issues to the forefront. In general, that is a good thing. It is important to have a public debate on these issues. However, the past week has not been a high-minded debate in many respects. In fact, it hasn't really even been a debate about the core issues that are driving the battle over LGBT. Those issues are pretty straightforward but are easily lost in the shuffle because of the manner in which the public policy intiatives - such as state level Religious Freedom Restoration Acts - have been introduced. So, let's take a moment to reduce the emotion of the issues and clarify what we are really talking about....

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The Fallacy of Always Cutting Taxes 01/25/2015

A bedrock principle of conservatism is that it is always a good time to cut taxes. To some conservatives, it is even more than a principle - it's an ideology. It's a religion. To those people, if a local, state or national government cuts taxes then the magic starts to happen. The economy will start to grow because businesses will invest more money and hire more people and everything will be wonderful. It always works - except, the world doesn't work that way and it never has worked that way....

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Obama Policy on Cuba a Very Radical Moderate Approach 12/24/2014

"Dogma is the chief rival of Radical Moderate thought."...

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On Marriage Equality 06/01/2014

When "The Radical Moderate" was self-published in 2011 I did not foresee how quickly attitudes about gay marriage would change. I didn't know that President Obama would become an advocate for gay marriage. I didn't know that both the NBA and NFL would see their first openly gay players. And, I certainly didn't know that 19 states plus the District of Columbia would see legalization of gay marriage through both democratic means, and mostly by court decisions. I didn't know any of that would happen - at least this quickly. But, the logic of 2011 is the same as the logic of 2014. All homosexuals should be treated with respect and if the state is going to sanction marriage then under the equal protection clause it will have to allow homosexuals to get married....

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Defining Capitalism: The Traffic Intersection Theory of Economics 01/04/2014

In "The Radical Moderate", I made the baseline assertion that "Many of our political debates are really arguments over the definition of capitalism." In light of the recent comments by Pope Francis about capitalism and unfettered markets, it is timely to revisit what I was talking about in the book. First, some history is needed....

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Beyond The Shutdown: A Little Truth in Everything 10/20/2013

The conventional wisdom is that there was no point to the shutdown of the federal government and the near default that we call the debt ceiling. And, from a tactical standpoint, there was no point. The idea that Obamacare was going to be repealed because Americans were going to be inspired by Tea Party politics and rise up against it was delusional.  In fact, the majority of things that the Tea Party advocates fall into that same category - delusional. This was a manufactured political crisis instead of an economic crisis. However, that is not the end of the story. We do have significant future problems and just because the Tea Party is delusional does not make these underlying fiscal issues go away....

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Egypt: Patience is a Virtue 07/07/2013

"We choose the order and certainty of petty despots over the uncertainty and chaos of developing democracies," President Jed Bartlet of The West Wing TV Series....

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