Five Quick Thoughts on the GOP Debate

Wednesday night was the real kickoff to the presidential primary season, at least for normal Americans who didn’t really care about the Ames straw poll. Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Jon Huntsman took the stage in what may as well be a church for Republicans: […]

In Washington, a Search Giant Meets Its Match

This past Thursday Google received a subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission, notifying the internet giant that it was under investigation for anti-competitive practices. Yet as a former employee of one of the firm’s main competitors, I can tell you that they have done nothing wrong. The main charge against Google is that the company unfairly leverages […]

Three Myths: Federal Budget Edition

America, noted famed US diplomat George Kennan, is notoriously slow to respond to problems, but when it does, it comes down on them with a vengeance. While Kennan was speaking of American geopolitical policy, the same could be said of its reaction to domestic crises as well. In a 2007 Gallup poll, only three percent […]

The Folly of Rhetorical Asymmetry

While it is undoubtedly a cliche, “thou shall not talk politics at work” is still an extremely wise saying. Yet after the longest “short” work week of my life, discipline was in short supply. And when a coworker criticized New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for scrapping a partially completed train line from New Jersey to […]