The vanity of dictators

“Democracy is beautiful in theory. In practice, it is a fallacy.” — Benito Mussolini You could feel the love. Watching American President Donald Trump sitting next to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, it was easy to see that these were two like-minded men. It was like two frat brothers reuniting 25 years after college graduation to rehash all their terroristic campus exploits in a wave of sociopathic nostalgia. There they were in a bizarre hand clutch during a group photograph of Asian leaders with the American president. There was Trump offering…

What would real tax reform look like?

Watching the GOP self-immolate on their so-called “tax reform” bill is both painful and sickening. Like so many other efforts, it’s really just a reshuffling of the deck chairs, moving around various deductions and exemptions while barely fiddling with the rates. It’s rapidly turning into a PR disaster with unpopular items such as an exemption on private jets, eliminating deductibility for graduate school, and cuts to Medicare that holy crap will you anger AARP members who actually show up to vote. It’s almost like the GOP got a list of…

Calling out political enemies and friends

No good deed goes unpunished. You would think I would have learned that lesson by now after 30 years in politics. Of course, career politicians do not care about such lessons. Their interest is their career, not truth, not plainness, not honesty and certainly not the other guy’s opinion. But some of us working in politics have made a career of at least trying to do the right thing for the right reasons in the right way. You might think that a conservative condemning the agendas of Donald Trump and…