Exiting Corona

Based on some reader feedback moderately critical of an earlier Covid 19 post as insufficiently deferential to public health concerns, this blog opens with a discussion of exactly what it intends to do. This is a public policy blog – it constitutes an effort to analyze the optimal public policy...

Assessing The Assessments

In several articles this year, this blog has broached various topics in a predictive sense and/or has asked questions about then unknowns. This post endeavors to evaluate those assessments with a discussion of how the matters addressed in those posts have developed in the ensuing days or months. THE WISCONSIN...

The Wisconsin Experiment

Over the last several weeks, the machinations of various political factions in Wisconsin have once again taken center stage in national politics.  While state after state postponed Democratic primary elections until the early to mid-summer due to Covid 19 concerns, Wisconsin charted a different course towards maintaining its April...

The Coronapocalypse Cometh

For the first time in recent history, the Western world is faced with a pandemic outbreak of a new disease with a significant mortality rate. Public health officials warn of worst case scenarios for the COVID 19 virus involving millions dead; the S&P 500 has cratered; and rumors of...

Nary A Single Vote

As the Democratic primary elections kick into high gear before what may well be a decisive month of March, the November 2020 general election looms over the American political landscape. Based on polling, many Democrats are prioritizing the selection of a candidate that can beat Donald Trump (rather than...

Into the Trumpocalypse

As a general matter, this blog focuses on policy-related issues and key domestic and international events, not specific politicians or personas. However, for the first column of 2020, an exception to that governing ethos shall be made, and this blog post will address the two biggest (and, in fact,...

A Changing Identity

It is exceedingly dangerous to extrapolate too greatly from limited data points. However, there are times where small doses of surprising information can reveal an ongoing trend well before it becomes generally obvious. This blogger is of the opinion that last Thursday’s British general election revealed such a scenario....

Team of the Decade

On January 1, 2010, if you had told me I would be more interested in the outcome of a Leicester City Football Club match than an University of Illinois basketball game, I would have looked at you like you were absolutely insane. And some questions would have come to...

The Suburban Nightmare, Continued

Following the early November 2019 off-year elections, this blogger posted an article titled “Whistling Past the Graveyard,” which addressed Matt Bevin’s loss in the Kentucky gubernatorial race in the context of Bevin’s clear similarities with President Donald Trump.  The article also referenced the one remaining major race in the...

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Odd year elections are typically quiet affairs tending not to make a whole lot of splash or national news. In the hyperpoliticized era of President Donald J. Trump, these elections have captured quite a bit more attention, in part because they offer something of a glimpse into more important...