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Bill Bowen
Conservative: A person who believes in the worth, opportunity, and individual responsibility of all people.
Interests: personal finance; politics/government; world history; the boston red sox
Recent Activity
This will be the last blog at Right in San Francisco for a time, as I am consumed by the efforts of selling a home in San Francisco, moving, and buying a home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The move will leave behind a political understanding of California derived from 20... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Right in San Francisco
The next 18 months will be filled with discussion about the horse race: which Democrat is visiting Iowa or New Hampshire; who has opened an exploratory committee; who was at Michelle Obama's birthday party; who had lunch with a billionaire. There are several alternative frameworks for considering the probability of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Right in San Francisco
It doesn't feel any better two months after the November 6, California elections. In fact it is worse. Let's recap. How bad is it? - California is number one in poverty (when considering housing costs), number 41 of 50 in K-12 education, near the bottom in business climate, and near... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Right in San Francisco
'Tis the season for looking back and looking forward; for assessing accomplishments and opportunities unfulfilled; for thinking what was, what might have been, and what might yet be. In Trump-world this exercise is best done in two year increments - since the last election and to the next. The easy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
What Trump and Mueller are to American political discourse, Brexit is to the British. Both provide arcane lessons in the technical structure and operation of government; both provide the generally disinterested public with reason to pick up a newspaper or watch a pundit; both reveal the ugliness of politicians who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Tariffs are only a weapon. China's "Made in China 2025" policy is the target. This week's announcement from Beijing that they will be revising the policy indicates that the weapon is hitting the target. Let's recap. Chinese Premier Li Kequiang introduced the "Made in China 2025" policy in 2015 as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Californians like to think that we are "early adopters", the first to create and utilize technology and social norms which an eager country will eventually embrace. Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Airbnb, and Paypal; gay marriage, sanctuary cities, and marijuana. Thus it is with politics. California Republicans are lost for at least... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Well, that was hard. Like most sentient beings, this student of life knew enough to avoid political discussions at a relative's Thanksgiving weekend get together. No upside - no minds to change; no interested people who hadn't thought about the big issues; little understanding of relatives and guests leanings and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
The thousands of Republican Party activists in California have a dilemna. When the party convenes in February, the delegates will replace Chairman Jim Brulte who has long planned to retire. After years of declining fortunes and last week's blowout all manner of opinions are being bandied about, but there are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Let's be honest, the mid-term elections were worse than expected - perhaps a "pink wave" as women activists and voters came out in force in response to President Trump. Prospects zigged and zagged in the last month: general revulsion of the Democrats for their treatment of Brett Kavanaugh; general revulsion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
In this year of the angry woman - Elizabeth Warren; Maxine Waters; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Stacey Abrams; suburban housewives - one has to be impressed with the strength and breadth of American democracy. The macro election result has been "about normal" for the first midterms with a new president, with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Season One of The Nationalist President is about to end. The allusion is less to Trump's Apprentice than to dramas such as House of Cards, The Goodwife, or Game of Thrones where the central characters grow more powerful from season to season amidst an evolving cast of supporting characters and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Ages ago my sainted mother taught me to never draw to an inside straight. Since the odds of success in a game of five card draw poker are 8.5% (4/47), I've long used that as the dividing line beyond which I dare not hope. Based on that criteria, the Senate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
A friend from Florida recently asked for an explanation as to why California politicians (Diane Feinstein; Nancy Pelosi; Kamala Harris; Gavin Newsom; Maxine Waters; Attorney General Xavier Becerra; and a hundred lesser lights) do not feel an obligation to follow the direction of the federal government. The same answer extends... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Good-bye Nikki, we hardly had time to know ye. Truth be told, I first met Governor Haley at a Red State Gathering in Austin in 2011, and she spoke at a couple of Bay Area Republican events as a guest of now Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon a year or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
First, some very macro thoughts: - It is a good thing that some 400 million Chinese peasants have risen from poverty in the last couple of decades. There are several reasons for this progress - political stability following centuries of foreign control, civil wars, and Mao's Cultural Revolution; successful centralized... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Most of the political and legal underpinning of the United States came about as a response by the Founding Fathers to the injustices which they had seen in the British political system. The division of authority between the federal government and the states and between the legislative, executive, and judicial... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
We are close enough to November 6 (or dates in mid-October when vote-by-mail ballots are distributed) to know that the Republicans will in all likelihood hold the Senate, but that there is a real chance that the Democrats will take the House. Kyle Kondik who writes for right-leaning Rasmussen, has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
The remembrance of 9/11 has become a one day event, something like Armistice Day celebrating the end of World War I. Perhaps this is because the American psyche (and the Bush presidency) was shaken a short seven years later by the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Great Recession. Perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
It is worth a moment's reflection on what people on the Left side of the political spectrum call themselves. At about the time that George McGovern and Ronald Reagan gave "liberals" a bad name in politics, George Lakoff of the University of California at Berkeley published "Metaphors We Live By",... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
The August 21, conviction of Paul Manafort and the simultaneous guilty plea of Michael Cohen deserve some sorting out as the Mueller investigation grinds endlessly on and, at least for the moment, they seem to represent the beginning of the end. Two questions arise: 1. What are the new learnings... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Of all the things that Donald Trump should be good at, negotiation of trade agreements is at the top of the list. This is clearly an Executive Branch function, as the world's largest market the United States posesses immense leverage, and he has lots of experience dealing with unsavory commercial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
For conservatives concerned about President Trump's latest tweet, the rantings of the socialist Left, and the New York Times latest editorial, there is one secure refuge. By all accounts, the November election will see the Republican Senate majority expand slightly, but importantly. The Setting: - The current 51 to 49... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
With apologies to readers who are enthralled by House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's increasing inability to speak, she remains the most astute political operative of our time. (Trump is more of a headliner than an operative.) Her ability to deliver a 100% caucus vote against the 2017 tax cut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Rasmusssen's polling tells us that 51% of Democrats, 26% of independents, and even 21 % of Republicans have a favorable impression of socialism. Let's assume that there is something out there beyond the desire for open borders and free stuff; something beyond a charismatic candidate from an anomylous Congressional district;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Right in San Francisco