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I recently had an exchange in which I was accused of intentionally trying to politicize COVID-19 by delineating states based on party dominance, governors, etc., and that I was part of a growing problem among liberals. “Don’t be such a democrat” I was told.

Well, if facts are what we consider “a growing problem” then count me in!

For the sake of understanding such an accusation, consider this image:

“Trump campaign rally in Phoenix”. Photo Credit: GPA Photo Archive / Flickr

The House of Representatives voted today, 224–194, in favor of House Concurrent Resolution 83 (H. Con. Res. 83) mostly along party lines. The text of the resolution specifically tackles Trump’s ability to use force against Iran, and reiterates the President’s continued allowance to use force against al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations.

There were some defectors from each party, though. Most notably, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) voted in favor of the resolution along with two other Republicans, which to some signaled a defection from President Trump. …

Photo: Elizabeth Warren, taken April 27, 2019 by Gage Skidmore. Flickr. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

There are a variety of valid reasons to criticize Elizabeth Warren on — but the fact that she was a registered Republican is not one of them. The emphasis on attempting to turn this into something larger than it is further points to the growing problem of party identification being the sole measure of a person’s identity. The underlying point in dragging this criticism out are myriad, but the sole purpose is to paint a negative picture with little or no nuance. So let’s unpack this.

From a numbers perspective, Warren’s been a registered Democrat for either 33% of her…

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The biggest difference of opinion between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders boils down to their views on capitalism. Warren has said that she is a capitalist, but that rules are necessary for this economic view to be sustainable. Sanders is a devout Democratic Socialist and believes that capitalism is unsustainable and ought to be replaced by the public ownership of the means of production.

The fact that Warren and Sanders disagree on capitalism does not mean that one is progressive while the other is not. …

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Depending on who you ask, you, as an American, may or may not be overworked. Ryan Cooper at The Week, says that you are. Jeffrey Dorfman, a contributed to Forbes says that this is just a myth and that we’re no worse off than we were in 1979. And of course, Matt Bruenig at Jacobin says that we are and that the work should be redistributed. In all three instances, they each refer to OECD data comparing America to the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden).

What about vacation? Shifting a little, Zack Guzman over at CNBC points out

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Not likely, but economic inequality is. Functionally, America has always had a two-party system. This ought not to be mistaken as an appeal to tradition, which is to say that such a system is good because it’s always been that way. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that such a system is bad either. Rather, what I am saying is that because we’ve always had a two-party system, it’s faulty to suggest that such a system is the cause of our current issues.

The two-party system does, however, exacerbate certain issues and reduce real and perceived choices. I’m arguing here that coalition…

Photo Credit: Sam Valadi, “Charging Bull”, taken on 7/22/2011, Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

So what? “Record highs” are a bit arbitrary, and meaningless.

From January 3rd, 1950, to April 24th, 2019, there were 1,251 days in which the S&P 500 closed with a “record high,” which is any number higher than the previously recorded “record high,” which can be as small as one digit. Out of 17,438 days, that’s only 7% of days in which the numbers ticked up — or in most cases rocketed — to a new “all-time high.”

As far as I can gather, though, there’s nothing particularly astounding about reaching a new “all-time high” when we’ve been seeing these numbers inch up and up and up for more than…

Image Credit: Marc Nozel, January 12th, 2019. (CC BY 2.0)

Forbes recently put out an article describing 5 Weird Items In The New Bernie-Buttigieg Poll (from Emerson Polling), and among those items was the fact that “26% of current Bernie Sanders supporters said that they would rather vote for President Donald Trump over Senator Elizabeth Warren.”

In my opinion, there is nothing weird, “disgusting,” or interesting about this. I’ve been arguing since 2016 that Bernie Sanders appealed to a huge swath of moderates and independents, so it shouldn’t be surprising that such a large number would appear. …

Photo Credit: Molly Adams, Tax Day March, 4/15/2017. (CC BY 2.0)

The ends should not, and do not, justify the means

Because this topic is so important to so many people from both perspectives on the matter, I feel the need to be transparent. I’m ideologically left of center, and I believe that Trump should release his tax returns. Moreover, I am in agreement with legislation that would mandate this for all presidents and candidates. However, I am leery of Chairman Richard Neal’s letter, and believe that it is an overreach of the Committee on Ways and Means to request the documents listed in his request.

I get it. It looks bad that Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns. Sure…

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A remix dedicated to Kid Rock’s fake senate election

Back in 2017 Kid Rock posted a yard sign on Twitter and created a website selling election paraphernalia. It was all a joke, much like his music. Which I say somewhat in jest because I spent a lot of my childhood listening to his music behind closed doors, mainly because my father thought that the music was filth and would lead me to do terrible terrible things. Like write music.

Below is one such attempt at a remix dedicated to Kid Rock’s fake senate run. If only my father had intervened sooner, or more thoroughly.

Here’s a beat to Kid…

James Willis

Mental health counselor by day, political blogger by night. #cat person, #liberal. Twitter: @AntiphonSophist

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