Adam Smith Military Force Military Spending

Disastrous NDAA: “near complete capitulation”

The National Defense Authorization Act bill negotiated by Rep. Adam Smith and passed by the House Dec 11, 2019 (377 to 48) was an almost total sellout to the the MIC and the Republicans. The NY Times article House Passes $738 Billion Military Bill With Space Force and Parental Leave says: Mr. Trump appeared to […]

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The Dems caved in on important NDAA amendments

(Revised 2019-12-10) Democratic negotiators have agreed on a NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that omits all or most of the progressive anti-war amendments they had proposed earlier this year. The version passed by the House of Representatives this summer had amendments for restricting participation in Saudi Arabia’s war with Yemen, withdrawing the Authorization for Military […]

Adam Smith

Thoughts on the survey from Rep. Adam Smith

I got constituent email from Rep. Adam Smith that included a link to a survey about what issues are important to me as a constituent. The survey page asks “What issues matter most to you that you would like updates on?” and lists the following issues and no others. Taking meaningful steps to fight climate […]

Politics

The Scale of the Universe of Money

Military budget of the United States Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think Fortune 500 Companies Hold a Record $2.6 Trillion Offshore ‘Eye-Popping’: Analysis Shows Top 1% Gained $21 Trillion in Wealth Since 1989 While Bottom Half Lost $900 Billion The Cost to End World Hunger America’s Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think […]

Donald Trump

A roadmap to the successful removal of Trump

How impeachment needs to be handled in today’s political climate Comments on There Are Two Separate Impeachment Hearings Happening Right Now — And Republicans Are Winning Theirs Facts barely matter anymore. What matters is whether you manufacture good reality TV, and the GOP and FOX are doing a superb job of creating a false narrative. […]

Conservativism Progressives

Response to Yoni Appelbaum’s article in the Atlantic, How America Ends

At its start, this article Yoni Appelbaum’s How America Ends bends over backwards to create a false equivalency between right and left extremists in terms of the use of violence. (If it weren’t for James Hodgkinson, they’d be hard pressed to name an incident on the left that is in the public consciousness). Nor is […]

Military Force Politics

On the Bolivian Coup

What do you think of a country obsessed with hearings to impeach a dishonest president for using his office for his own political (and monetary) gain and for blackmailing another country’s leaders to enable this? Makes sense to me. But what doesn’t make sense is that the political leaders, from both parties, of this same […]

Suzan DelBene

Report on Rep. Suzan DelBene’s town hall on Nov 9, 2019

On Saturday, U.S. Represenative Suzan DelBene and State Senator David Frockt partipated in a town hall meeting in Kenmore, WA. Executive summary: Her responses were all pretty moderate. She opposes Trump and supports the impeachment inquiry but doesn’t seem angry or populist. I was disappointed by her responses to the question about how to defeat […]