Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Chessmaster

Giving the devil his due, this is a brilliant move by Putin if he is looking to make the exiting Obama administration look small all while endearing himself to the incoming Trump administration. My hope is that President Trump recognizes this and uses it to his own advantage.

“We won’t create problems for American diplomats,” Putin said in a statement released by his press service Friday afternoon, adding that Russia retained the right to punish U.S. diplomats in the future. He said he would “plan further steps for restoring the Russian-American relationship based on the policies enacted by the administration of President Donald Trump.”

Source: Putin says he won’t deport U.S. diplomats as he looks to cultivate relations with Trump – The Washington Post

Why, oh, why didn’t President Obama see this coming? Whatever proof our intelligence agencies have that it was the Russians behind the DNC network intrusion is of such a technical nature that it is easily dismissed by anyone not incredibly technically sophisticated who is the least bit inclined to dismiss it.

Bicycle- & Pedestrian-Inclusive Infrastructure Projects Create 46% More Jobs Per Dollar Than Road-Only Projects

According to this Clean Technica article infrastructure projects that incorporate bicycle and pedestrian elements create about 46% more jobs than road-only projects. The study it quotes states:

Using actual bid price and cost data, the study compares 58 projects in 11 cities and finds that bike projects create 46% more jobs than road projects without bike or pedestrian components. On average, the ‘road-only’ projects evaluated created 7.8 jobs per million, while the ‘bicycling-only’ projects provided 11.4 jobs per million. For example, a roadway-focused project with no bicycle or pedestrian components in Santa Cruz, California generated 4.94 jobs per $1 million spent. In contrast, a bicycle-focused project in Baltimore, Md produced 14.35 jobs per million. The PERI reviewers attribute the difference to the simple fact that bicycle and pedestrian projects are often more labor intensive.”

When you add in the additional benefits of less pollution and a healthier citizenry why aren’t pedestrian and bicycling elements included in every large scale road project?

Is Losing an Election Reason Enough To Not Keep A Promise?

So Hillary Clinton lost the election and she disappeared into the woods until a few days ago. Now that her month of soul searching is over what is she going to do about all those promises she made? Will she attempt to keep them?

She could still have an effect on the world, even as just a private citizen. This article brings up some very good points about losing politicians. They seem to just give up after losing. It points to Al Gore just disappearing after his loss to George W. Bush and again to John Kerry. Both made a ton of promises as presidential candidates but pretty much gave up on those promises when they lost.

So, will Hillary Clinton do the same? Is her life of public service over?

Name It And Claim It

There are all kinds of ways one can look at the election. You can look at it as if the majority of Americans supported Hillary Clinton (which she did, by 2.8 million votes) or you can look at it as though Donald Trump won broader geographic support across the country (which he did, to the tune of 30 states to 21 states and the District of Columbia).

But why is this important? It’s important because of a thing called a mandate. In other words which side won enough support to be able to say this is the way the country wants to be lead. So here is what the Democrats are going to say about a mandate.

Republicans have the right to govern but they don’t have a mandate for their policies. If we don’t start to make that point, each and every day, then we will wake up in a few months and find out Republicans have taken the country in a new direction.

Source: Donald Trump and the Republicans Have No Mandate | TIME

I fully agree with Mr. Ferguson on that statement. Democrats have to take away any notion that President-elect Trump has a mandate. They have to stress that point over and over because it really doesn’t matter how many votes one has or how broad of support one has a mandate comes from naming it and claiming it. If the Republicans can convince you of their mandate then they have it. If the Democrats succeed in dissuading you from that notion then the Republicans lose it.

As my friend, Dan, is fond of pointing out government is an illusion in the minds of the governed. My suggestion is that you keep an eye on all office holders and let them know when they are overstepping their bounds.

The Delegitimization Of Donald Trump

Okay, I can go along with this strategy during the election campaign. In fact, this was probably the best strategy to follow. However, now that the election is over it isn’t in our nations best interest to continue this campaign.

While the messaging has evolved, the motive has becoming strikingly apparent: It’s an unrepentant effort to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump and absolve Clinton of the lion’s share of electoral liability.

Source: The Delegitimization Of Donald Trump | The Run 2016 | US News