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“Free College” Isn’t Going To Be Free

Over on the People’s View, there’s a post looking at Bernie Sanders “free college” plan.   One can assume that it’s the same as a bill he proposed along those lines.   The idea of “free college,” although it’s really only tuition free college, has caught on with number of people, particularly the younger generation of current (or soon to be) college students.  It’s not a bad idea, except for the problems.  As I said about the healthcare plan, it’s another “alligators in the swamp” problem.  That is, it’s not that the general idea isn’t laudable, it’s the details where things get tricky.  Matthew Yglesias over at Vox has a couple of articles about the problems, and reluctantly concludes that it’s unrealistic.   In looking through the legislation, not only do I agree it’s unrealistic, it’s not going to be “sellable” even to “solid blue states.”

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The Republican Party’s Other Problem

In my last post, I talked about how the Republican Party’s establishment has been watching in horror as their formerly (badly) hidden encouragement of racism and bigotry has exploded in their face.  While true, and definitely attention-grabbing, it’s distracting from their other big problem.  Three years ago, I talked about how the Republicans needed to “check their assumptions,” and sadly, they haven’t.  The end result is that their basic philosophy of government has been a complete failure.

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Just A Reminder: Elections Have Consequences

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been getting lectured to by various members of the purity left.    According to them, I’m not really a progressive, I’m actually a Blue Dog, or some other worse name they’ve come up with.   Why?  Because I’m a pragmatic liberal, not a hardcore liberal like they are.  Somehow, they’re under the assumption that they are the majority of the party (they’re not), and they are the base of the Democratic Party (they’re not).   I’ve been chastised for explaining why “real progressives” don’t – and can’t – win in many areas, which according to them, is only because our candidates aren’t “exciting” enough.   All of which falls under “the usual” stuff when dealing with them, but here’s the thing that’s truly infuriating:  They’re also saying that if their preferred candidate doesn’t get the nomination, they’ll stay home or vote for the other party’s candidate, and encourage others to do the same.   What that shows me?  They either don’t care about the consequences, or they don’t think there will be any.

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Planning for the future

As I mentioned in my end of the year post,  one of the reasons for my absence from blogging has been how busy I’ve been at work.  While I’m in a current lull, it’s not going to last.  One of the reasons for that is that I have been doing a lot of writing for professional reasons, so writing blog posts comes under the category of “too much.”   What the writing is about is our management plan.  No, it’s not “organizational management,” it relates to our facility plan.

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Civics 200: The Talk Of A Third Party Versus The Reality

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the two major political parties, and then start saying that there should be a third party, which would be more in line with their beliefs.  I’ve been hearing it a lot recently on the national side from both die-hard liberals and die-hard conservatives, both groups absolutely convinced that “their” party has gone badly astray.  In the case of the Republican Party in this year, they have a point.  What all of these complainers fail to recognize is that this country already has a number of third parties.  There are currently a number which are on the ballot in almost all states, and three of them are fairly large.

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