2022 Mid-term Election: A Lose/Lose

The almost concluded 2022 mid-term election can be viewed with any number of outcomes. Republicans lost as their wave was barely a ripple, Dems lost the House and if Nevada and Arizona ever quit dinking around with their ballots both could declare Calvin Coolidge or Tom Dewey have won their electoral votes. But we digress… read more →

Double Whammy Today –Triple Play Looms

Mere days before the 2022 mid-term election, President Biden asserted that all of the coal mines in the U.S. would be closed and production of coal would end. One day before said election he stated emphatically there would be no more drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. It defies reason to believe he’s.. read more →

Matters of Convenience

Nothing unusual — in any given week most of us stop for gasoline at a convenience store — they’ve long since replaced service stations as the leading suppliers of gasoline. The average Joe or Karen might patronize the store for more than gasoline. Maybe a bottle of water, a lottery ticket, a diet Coke, Good.. read more →

Through the Eyes of a Septuagenarian: This Fractured Republic

The PolicySmith has in the course of jotting observations, mostly attempted even-handed examination of issues of the day. An overarching mindset is to call a spade a spade, if not a damned shovel. I invite this readership to take a virtual ride with me through some perspectives and reflections on the state of our republic.. read more →

30 Aug 2022

Part II of II — How did we get here? Presidents Trump and Biden — Good Grief!!

Past is prelude to the chaos of the Trump years and the driving into the ditch by, as Joe Biden declared to one and all, the “adults are back in charge and the competence is breathtaking.” That statement followed the 2020 defeat of Donald Trump, bringing four years of tweets, petulance, bravado and misstatements to.. read more →

Part I of II How did we get here? Prelude to an American Dream/Nightmare

The PolicySmith has observed over the decades a certain element of US society pursuing the goal of the rest of the world embracing “how right and good we are.” How the US purity of purpose should be self-evident and if only they understood us the rest of the world, including Rogue States would embrace us.. read more →

The Bravado of Weak Men — Putin Rhymes History

This is about Vladimir Putin — one in a long line of bullies, murderers, sadists and garden variety sickos that have soiled humanity with their odious presence. They prey on the weak and defenseless — those easily intimidated and with fewer resources and strength to retaliate. Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Kim Il-sung and his spawn.. read more →

On a Departed Friend

My great friend John slipped away today. His departure leaves an aching void that will not soon be salved, much less filled. It, and he, will never be forgotten. In the days leading up we only had reports about him on a web service that provides such updates, and his devoted and exceptional Pearl of.. read more →

On Friends Departing

Each of us has friends that move in and out of our lives. I still connect with my childhood best friend but have seen him only twice in 50 years. My high school and college friends connect once or twice a year. Neighbors are connected by proximity, usually friendly, but only occasionally true friends. It.. read more →

The White House — Home to the People’s Choice (Part III of III)

Three More Years After decades in the Senate, two terms as vice president and a desultory campaign, Joe Biden entered the White House with the electorate’s understanding/support that he was not Donald Trump. The former president’s rants, self-absorption, and absence of any semblance of diplomacy doomed his reelection effort. Most voters simply had enough drama. Enter the.. read more →

07 Feb 2022