2014 Comprehensive Bahnsen Viewpoint Voting Guide

Mid-term elections can often be more fun than Presidential elections, mainly because more interested and informed voters participate and often there are more consequential things to be voted on (both in the candidate and proposition category). 2014 is no exception. What I have done here is dig into my personal ballot in its entirety, and then spread the research a little outside my ballot to cover various other races I think folks may care about. Should I miss a congressional, ballot, or … [Read more...]

Five Questions to Civilly Pose to Your Liberal Friends

If I were being totally honest, I would say that it has not been my experience that very many left-leaning folks in this country want to have an honest dialogue on the key issues that separate left from right. This is particularly true amongst the academically credentialed leftists I have encountered who presumably know they have nothing to gain by exposing their worldview or ability to defend it. However, the vast majority of us know some in our rolodex of friends and co-workers who are … [Read more...]

The Great GOP Debate: Immigration

This last week I moderated a debate on the subject of immigration in Newport Beach, California. What made this debate unique is that it featured two folks quite to the right in their politics, Jon Fleischman of Breitbart.com and Flashreport.org fame, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Orange County Republican), VS. Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, and Teresa Hernandez of the Lincoln Club (where I also serve in club leadership). Four people who probably feel the same about 80-90% of various … [Read more...]

Christmas in June

I do not believe it is necessary to impugn President Obama's motives about this catastrophically stupid idea of randomly forgiving massive amounts of student loan debt (and since there is no collateral, and the universities have been paid, this "forgiveness" is called "a transfer of payments" - and guess who the payer is - YOU!). Be that as it may, I believe Obama actually thinks he's helping these people. The need of the hour is a pro-growth economic agenda that would actually see them get … [Read more...]

Double Down a Fascinating Inside Look at an Embarrassing Election

I was hesitant to take on the 475-page behemoth from Halperin and Heilemann when it arrived. I had pretty much left the misery of the 2012 campaign (and subsequent election results) in the past, and the degree of backlog I am suffering from right now in my reading list was not motivating me to take on this work (the book right before this was Geithner's 550-page Stress Test and the one right after this is Prin's 425-page All the President's Bankers, which I should finish today). But I took on … [Read more...]