People have been asking me what do I think about Michael Bloomberg entering the presidential race. I have to say that I’m not sure. Bloomberg supporters point to his success as mayor of New York and the fact that his wealth makes Donald Trump’s seem paltry. However, I can’t see the base of the Democratic party getting behind him. Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policy in New York was intensely criticized by Black and Hispanic advocates, and economic policies lean pretty far to the right. Contrary to what some people think, I like the fact that there are a variety of voices on the left. I wish there were more on the right as well. This country was built on debate and compromise and the more ideas we have to choose from the better policies we are likely to end up with. Whether he can win or not, I welcome Bloomberg’s ideas to the mix.
Inflation has impacted all of us. The price of almost everything has spiked faster and harder than at any time since the 80s. Few things can obliterate a modern economy more than out-of-control inflation.
For most people, there is little upside to writing about the January 6th hearings, but as you probably know by now, I don’t worry about those things. We all must stand for something. The hearings have almost everyone taking sides before a single witness is called. Democrats believe that the events of January 6th were a calculated effort to undermine our democracy by demolishing two of the most sacred tenants of our nation, free elections, and the peaceful transition of power.
Most people consider themselves either a conservative or a liberal. I think if we forget political parties, which flip their positions on things all of the time, and instead focus on the actual definition of what it means to be a conservative and what it means to be a liberal, we might be able to temper the emotional reactions some of us have with political discourse.