Michael Moore

“Where to Invade Next:” Notes and thoughts on Michael Moore’s movie

Should I recommend Michael Moore’s 2016 movie,” Where to Invade Next”? On the plus side, there are some really good jokes.  The biggest laugh came when Moore asked someone whose alphabet does not include the letter “W” if they dropped the letter during the last Bush administration. No doubt Moore is really good at a…

How the federal government may not be serving St. Louis well

One of the challenges that progressives frequently face is that they like to be sticklers for facts, at least wherever possible. And since a basic tenet of progressive beliefs is that many societal problems can best be solved through pro-active engagement by the federal government, it becomes frustrating when then federal government does not acquit…

Jason Kander

A MO Democratic candidate calls for a Balanced Budget amendment. Wait, what?

In a shocking policy statement released last week, Democrat Jason Kander—who is running for US Senate to unseat Republican incumbent Roy Blunt—announced that he supports a Balanced Budget amendment to the US Constitution. That is a very odd policy position for a Democrat. Usually, this balanced-budget stuff is the bailiwick of Republicans, who claim that…

What Obama and Sanders can do to keep “the Bern” alive while helping Clinton

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to discuss “where do we go now” following the primaries and caucuses in California and five other states. Shortly thereafter, he endorsed Hillary Clinton, in a paid video by the Clinton campaign. In the announcement, the president said that the differences…

Taxpayer

Legislative pickpockets: What 2016 right-wing laws cost MO taxpayers

Paul Waldman described Donald Trump’s “flexibility” in regard to the right-wing gun culture as “a perfect expression of the larger Republican bargain, where the party’s elites pretend to share the base’s cultural values and priorities, and in exchange are put into office where they pursue an agenda of tax cuts and regulatory rollback.” We’ve seen…

TSA misses guns and knives, but nails me for my cardiac device

My wife and I, along with friends, spent a wonderful week in Arizona.  We admired the Grand Canyon on a perfect April Day.   We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school outside Scottsdale.  We visited Sedona, the red rocks canyons, and, the picturesque mountains below Flagstaff.  On four evenings we watched the Cardinals play the Diamondbacks…

The case for the 38-year old Supreme Court Justice

This is not complicated. Here are two reasons why it would be an excellent idea for President Obama to nominate someone approximately 38 years old to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Of the eight current members of the Court, five are older than 65. The…