Umpqua College Tragedy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Personal, Politics | No Comments

President Obama and I have at least one thing in common. We both desperately want to see senseless violence in the United States stop. I listened to his impassioned plea last night after yet another, high profile, shooting occurred, this time in rural Oregon, and couldn’t help but empathize with his frustration. I want to […]

My Thoughts After the Sandy Hook Massacre

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Personal, Politics | No Comments

A few year ago I would never have considered myself someone who cared much about politics let alone follow it. But now, it keeps me up at night just thinking about it. Not necessarily because it bothers me, but I sometimes have a hard time shutting my brain down at night and more and more, […]

Why I Would Never Get Elected

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Politics | No Comments

Originally posted on my family blog on Jan. 26, 2010 (some of the numbers are obviously old) Okay, so I don’t usually write much stuff down about politics, and I don’t in general like talking about it, even though it’s hard to avoid it nowadays. So I thought I would go ahead and write down […]

A Nuanced Position on Vaccination

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Politics | No Comments

The problem with politics in modern society is actually quite ironic.  In the age of wall-to-wall, 24/7, cable news coverage the American attention span is incapable of digesting a nuanced position.  And honestly, every issue requires a nuanced position.  I could never be a politician.  I would inevitably say something that would be used as […]

A Gun Culture

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Politics | No Comments

What does that even mean?  And if we have it, why is it different here than any other place on the planet? I’ve been really trying to get my head around the gun debate ever since I posted my thoughts after the Sandy Hook tragedy. I’m always critical of people who speak without information so […]

Something that will probably get deleted tomorrow

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Politics | No Comments

I originally wrote this post about a month after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  It was posted on my family blog.   A few year ago I would never have considered myself someone who cared much about politics let alone follow it. But now, it keeps me up at night just thinking about […]

Taxes are Not About Revenue

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Politics | No Comments

So it’s April 15th, tax day….well, not exactly for me.  I will be sending in a request for an extension today (with a check because I’m pretty sure I’m going to owe something) but I won’t know for sure exactly what my tax burden will be for a view more weeks as I try to […]

Taxes and the IRS Scandel

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Politics | No Comments

With the IRS making waves in the media pool I have been reminded of a few posts I made some time ago.  As you may know, sometimes I like to wax (not so) poetic about current events and, since it’s my nature, think about how I would solve the problems.  Well, that’s what I did […]

No Federal Income Tax or Tax on Individuals At All

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Politics | No Comments

Eliminate Federal Income Tax taxes on individuals altogether? How in the world could you do that? Well, if you know your history, this country survived almost 125 years (more than half of it’s lifetime) with no Federal Income Tax at all (mostly..there were some intervals where income tax was instituted for a short period of […]

A Hybrid Tax System

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Politics | No Comments

What do I mean by a hybrid tax system? Well, it’s simple like a flat tax but with some graduated taxation as well as some built-in welfare. Let me qualify that I really would not prefer a graduated tax system, but this is what I could live with. I assume that there are those out […]