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SHARE Friday, July 23, 2021
Biden's First Six Months So far, Joe Biden's presidency has been a success. Most voters continue to believe that Biden has done an excellent job handling the pandemic and the economy. As we might expect, Democrats are far more likely to approve of Biden than are Republicans.
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Global Climate Change he most recent Gallup Poll indicates that American voters have a lot to worry about. So many worries that voters don't seem particularly concerned about climate change. That's a problem because, in the long run, climate change is the most serious problem we face.
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Biden's Infrastructure Strategy On March 31st, President Joe Biden introduced his infrastructure plan, "The American Jobs Plan." This is an omnibus $2 trillion plan to repair the major holes in America's infrastructure, and to create jobs. After three months of negotiation, it appears that Congress will pass at least a $1 trillion bipartisan plan.
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A Tale of Two Countries In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair." Hmm. Dickens was writing about the French Revolution but his words are relevant today.
SHARE Friday, June 11, 2021
Après Trump, Le De'luge DT won't go away! The most recent Quinnipiac Poll reports that 66 percent of respondents do not want Donald Trump to (re)run for President. Nonetheless, 66 percent of Republicans wouldlike him to run again. (Not surprisingly, the same percentage of Republicans do not believe that Biden's 2020 victory was legitimate.) DT refuses to disappear and, as a result, the Republican Party keeps acting crazy. What explains this?
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Polarization in California The most recent Quinnipiac Poll illustrates how polarized the US has become: 66 percent of respondents do not want Donald Trump to (re)run for President. Nonetheless, 66 percent of Republicans would like him to run. It's a dismaying and, somewhat, disheartening statistic that illustrates how divided the United states has become. To better understand this, it's useful to examine polarization in California.
SHARE Friday, May 28, 2021
California's Water Crisis Global Climate Change affects every part of the United States. In California, there are two major climate-change consequences: ferocious wildfires and drought. When I lived in a city (Berkeley) i felt somewhat immune from these problems. Now that I live in the country (West Sonoma County) the impact is more obvious. This year we're having a water crisis.
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When Will America Get Back to Work? One year ago, as it became clear the United States was in the throes of a devastating pandemic, we lost 21 million jobs. Now we're recovering from Covid-19 but workers aren't rushing back to full employment at the pace economists expected. What's happening?
SHARE Friday, May 14, 2021
What Happens Next? Six months have passed since the fateful November 3rd presidential election. Here are the BB predictions for the next six months.
SHARE Friday, May 7, 2021
It's the Jobs, Stupid! Judging from the amount of political email I've been receiving, Democrats are running scared, afraid they will lose the 2022 midterm elections. Dems fear that they'll squander a historic opportunity to put America on the right course. Fortunately, it appears that Joe Biden knows what he is doing and he's determined to make job creation the centerpiece of his presidency.
SHARE Friday, April 30, 2021
What's Happening in California? After a rough year, California is on track to declare "victory" over Covid-19 on June 15th. Nonetheless, the fabric of California society has changed.
SHARE Friday, April 23, 2021
Biden's First 3 Months So far, Joe Biden's presidency has been a success. Recent polling showed his approval rating at 59 percent. Biden has done an excellent job handling the pandemic. He's managed to pass a significant recovery plan. And his administrative efforts have largely been successful.
SHARE Friday, April 9, 2021
The Biden Infrastructure Plan On March 31st, President Joe Biden introduced his infrastructure plan, "The American Jobs Plan" (Click Here ) It's an omnibus $2 trillion plan to repair the major holes in America's infrastructure, and to create jobs.
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Whatever Happened to Personal Responsibility? It may be hard to imagine but, a couple of decades ago, Republicans described themselves as "the Party of personal responsibility." The Grand Old Party imagined itself as the Party of rugged individualists, folks who clawed their way to the top with an unstoppable combination of ambition, perseverance, and moral rectitude. Republicans claimed the moral high ground. No more.
SHARE Friday, March 26, 2021
What's Wrong With the GOP? A recent Gallup Poll found that Americans, in general, are happy with the Biden Administration. Except for Republicans. Another poll indicated that most of us want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Except Republicans. What's wrong with the GOP?
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Biden's First 50 Days The passage of the American Rescue Plan --the coronavirus relief bill -- comes less than two months after Joe Biden's inauguration. How does this period compare to the similar period in Barack Obama's first term?
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Trump 2.0 Donald Trump's February 28th Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech gave us a good idea of what to expect from him for the next two years. The speech introduced Trump version 2.0; not all that different from Trump 1.0. Bad news for the GOP.
SHARE Sunday, February 28, 2021
The Disinformation Party Professor Michael Mann begins his important book, "The Climate War," with this quote: "Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public." Although the quotation originated with a sixties tobacco executive, it could be spoken today by the leaders of the Republican Party, as their primary product is disinformation.
SHARE Friday, February 19, 2021
What Happens Next A month into the Biden-Harris administration, we've reached an inflection point: the conclusion of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. While there were not enough Senate votes for conviction, public sentiment turned against Trump. The outcome has consequences for Biden-Harris, Trump, and the 2022 election.
SHARE Friday, February 5, 2021
Evaluating Biden On the one hand we know we can't relax -- the forces of crazy are still trying to disrupt U.S. democracy -- but on the other hand it's exhilarating to have a President who is not a constant irritation, who (every day) isn't a danger to push the nuclear button and blow us all up. Joe Biden has done well so far, but he has a very difficult job. 6 months from now, what should we reasonably expect him to have accomplished?