Five Bold Steps to Bring Our Democracy into the 21St Century
by Jerry Kloby

The Trump Administration routinely pushed the boundaries of executive power and took a wrecking ball to constitutional checks and balances. It refused to comply with congressional subpoenas during impeachment hearings, it proceeded with policies even though the courts had ruled them unconstitutional (e.g., ending DACA), it had made open threats to shut down news media, sent armed federal agents into numerous American cities over the opposition of governors and mayors, openly discussed postponing the presidential election, solicited foreign help from at least three nations in an…

Nostalgia’s Time has Come and Gone

By Jerry Kloby

Maybe it’s because I’ve always been a little younger than most of my friends, or maybe it’s because I heard my dad’s WWII stories too many times when I was growing up, or maybe the reason isn’t psychological at all, but for decades I’ve been resistant to nostalgia. It’s not that I don’t like remembering good times and retelling humorous stories of past adventures but I think it can be harmful to be overly focused on the past. …

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, less than 24 hours since the polls closed. Yeah, I thought Biden would win. I still do, but there is a chance that, for the third time in the last six presidential elections, the American electoral system will install the 2nd place candidate as the president.

Win or lose, I feel the pain and disappointment that millions of Americans feel and I share the fear that our democracy is slipping further away. …

Some Lessons from the 2016 Election

Think the polls got the 2016 election terribly wrong? Think again.The national polling average shortly before the November 8th election had Hillary Clinton up by 3.2 percentage points, which was very close to the final difference in the popular vote. Remember, HRC won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million, which works out to about a 2.2 percent victory margin, certainly within the polling margin of error. If not for the archaic and undemocratic Electoral College system, Trump would have never become president.

Right now, Joe Biden is polling better against Trump than Hillary…

And in between the stops at the Cracker Barrel
And forty movies with Will Ferrell
I need some way to occupy my time
So I’m writing you a road song
I sure hope you don’t mind

Cherry Springs State Park in north-central Pennsylvania is an exceptional place. It is the only International Dark Sky Park in the United States east of the Mississippi. It is located in Susquehannock State Forest about 2,300 feet above sea level and has an exceptionally dark sky that has drawn astronomers and sky watchers for years. …

The list of problems created or enabled by the Trump Administration grows on a daily basis. Even if the Republicans lose in November the long-term damage of deregulation, corruption, incompetence, conservative court appointments, and divisive hate speak, will take many years to repair. Racists and far right agitators will not simply fade away after election day or inauguration day, neither will the big-money interests that support the dismantling of state institutions meant to promote the common good and enforce some restrictions against unchecked corporate power.

Defeating Donald Trump on November 3 may be the top priority but by no means…

Some Thoughts on What a Good Government Could Have Done in Response to the Coronavirus Economic Crisis

The U.S. response to the current economic crisis is not on par with other advanced economies. The unemployment system is archaic and broken. The health insurance system is patchwork and financially debilitating to millions of Americans. Corporate handouts are often unfair, misused, and given out based on favoritism. Nearly the entire stimulus passed in March is based on a top-down approach that needs to be overturned. There is still a chance to right some things during the current crisis.

What follows is a…

Expectations of what government can and should do are so low that Americans are willing to let government function at levels way below the standards of modern economically advanced nations. We are allowing a huge gap between what the people want and what we expect of government (and presidential candidates). And, as the coronavirus pandemic illustrates, what government is willing to do falls far short of what we need. Getting Trump out of office is not enough. The problem is much bigger than Trump and it’s been a problem for decades. There is hope, though.

Survey data clearly shows that…

Jerry Kloby

Knowledge is power… not much, but ... actually, power is power.

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