Tag Archives: White House

Why you should(n’t) concern yourself with the 2016 election

14 Jul

This will be one of those times in which I want you to do as I say, not as I do. Continue reading

block, bring to end, close off, disconnect, discontinue, halt, isolate, obstruct, suspend

27 Feb

A few words to describe the oft-mentioned ‘sequester’.  (As a challenge to myself, I will insert each of the words, once,  from the title instead of the s-word in this post in italics.)

I will admit that this block on federal spending is really confusing.  It is easy for more partisan critics to blame the other side that will bring to end some loved programs.  There are so many articles now on the close off that is about to potentially happen: Continue reading

Iowa Caucus

3 Jan

Like I tweeted, I am more excited about these caucuses than I was for my birthday or Christmas combined.  The Iowa Caucuses are the midpoint between the first half and the second half of the campaigning season for the White House.

I think that the race is now a 3.5 person race: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the 0.5 person is occupied by the rest (Jon Hunstman, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich).  Rick Santorum is a tried-and-true conservative who seems to mostly stick to his principles.  Mitt Romney is the perfect politician…or is it the imperfect politician? He does everything that he’s supposed to do, is expected to do, and is very, well…the word would be boring, plain, flat, etc.  Ron Paul, on the other hand, seems to excite a new breed of Republicans, albeit not the conservative of the present.  The GOP seems to be kicking his legs from out under him which makes more people want to look at him.  His explanations have largely been proven, and I wouldn’t mind voting for him if he gets to the general election.  Of course, I’d like to see Jon Hunstman because he speaks simply, and without drama, but this is a popular(ity) contest and being good is just not nearly enough.

I just can’t wait for the campaigning to begin.  Here’s a 2008 video to remind you of what’s to come: JibJab’s Time for Some Campaignin’.

Boris Shor, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dep't of Political Science, U. of Houston

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