#60 Declaring the Grand Compromise Winner

On November 16, 2011

Jon Stewart, my primary news source, beat me to it. Last week, he declared Mitt Romney the Republican nominee. I was about to do the same in this space. So, I’m happy to endorse Stewart’s declaration.

#59 Presidential Politics

On September 26, 2011

I started these commentaries almost five years ago when Barack Obama announced his candidacy, for the purpose of introducing him to those who didn’t yet know him. Then, I moved on to trying to understand the nomination process and sharing what I learned. They have continued to evolve.

#58 Out-educate, Out-innovate, Out-build

On September 7, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of our political bickering. I’m equally annoyed by the demand that the President “fix” our economy and “create jobs.” We all got in the current economic fix together, and we’ll only get out of it together.

#57 Addiction to Debt, Part II

On August 10, 2011

Some of you may have noticed a recent headline in the New York Times — “China Tells U.S. It Must ‘Cure Its Addiction to Debt’ ” (see attachment A). In my 40th Obamagram on March 12, 2009 (“Culture of Addiction and Impatience”), I wrote about this topic – the addiction’s decades long pathology and how pervasive it is across our culture, not just in our government.

#56 Perspectives on Deficits and Surpluses

On July 27, 2011

All eyes are on Washington these days as we approach the dreaded debt ceiling. Endless talk about “debt and deficits.”

#55 Reading Obama

On March 13, 2011

When Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign in January 2007, I started to write these commentaries in order to introduce him to those of you who didn’t already know him. Now that President Obama has announced his re-election campaign, I thought it fitting to take another step in trying to understand him more deeply.

#54 A Civil and Bipartisan Temperament

On January 19, 2011

It has been two months since my last commentary. The combination of the mid-term elections, the lame-duck session, and the Tucson tragedy prompt me to write again.