Category Archives: Political

How Much the President Really Matters, Part II

Earlier I had written about a Freakonomics podcast dealing with the power of the presidency.  I’ve always thought that the Founders put so many checks and balances in our system, the president is actually pretty effectively constrained.  This podcast, entitled “How Much Does the U.S. Presidency Really Matter?”,  supported that view.  ( http://freakonomics.com/podcast/much-president-really-matter-rebroadcast/ ) Now there

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A Better Political Movement

I’ve noticed two things about this presidential election I’ve never seen before.  First, so few people have yard signs or expressions of support for a candidate.  Second, there is a very unusual yard sign in my neighborhood.  The American flag serves as the background, but the the top line simply says “Civilize It”.  The fine

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