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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
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Donald Trump's intentions for 2024 will dominate Republican politics for the next few months, but the window is closing. Many Republican voters have not yet engaged themselves on the dilemma they will face in the in the 2024 general election, hoping to be spared the decision by an unlikely Trump... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Right In New England
A common expectation fostered by the main stream media was that the Biden administration would be the friendly global partner, rebuilding bridges recklessly destroyed by President Trump. Blame Covid; blame Russia; blame global warming - it hasn't happened. Let's take a brief survey: - Canada. Trump's signature achievement of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at Right In New England
Kim: A reasonable view. The money was owed; we should honor our commitments. The real problem is that the money was returned as part of a "give whatever it takes to get an agreement before we leave office" scenario. We probably disagree that the total package was defective: time limited; not all sites available for inspection; did not cover missile program; did not cover Revolutionary Guard activities. I'm in the camp that believes that we need a "permanent", verifiable end to nuclear weapon programs in Iran and North Korea. The Revolutionary Guard and missile programs can be dealt with otherwise, but not the nuclear.
Credit Team Biden for apparently being able to walk and chew gum at the same time. While attention has been focused on the global calamity that is Ukraine, the diplomatic and military establishment has been working on "Iran Nuclear Plan B". Building on President Trump's Abraham Accords, the United States,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Right In New England
As the war in Ukraine recedes to the back pages, it is clear that this story was not written in Hollywood. The Russians occupy all of Luhansk province and trudge onto Donetsk with their artillery onslaught. The Ukrainians continue to call for more advanced American armaments as they retreat in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2022 at Right In New England
Most Americans - Democratic, Republican, or independent - would like to have an objective evaluation of the events following the 2020 presidential election. It is important that lawbreakers be held to account. It is important that any procedural weaknesses be corrected. It is important that voters have an accurate understanding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2022 at Right In New England
This is probably a bit too early. Through November, the stage should belong to House, Senate, and state candidates who are on the verge of restoring economic and social common sense to the country. There are plenty of bright spots deserving attention: first term Governor Glenn Youngkin in Virginia; Congresswoman... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2022 at Right In New England
Goals must be achievable. Success requires goals, plans, appropriate resources, leadership, evaluation of results, and adjustments. Experience as a legislator does not necessarily prepare someone for the most important and complex executive job on earth, but it should at least bring expertise and critical thinking in terms of goal setting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Right In New England
Now, that's a headline that I've waited a long time to write. When I moved to San Francisco in 1998, Nancy Pelosi had already been in the House for 11 years. She learned the business of politics from her father who was mayor of Baltimore. She came of age politically... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at Right In New England
What is to be made of the clash between populism and the political class which emerged with the Tea Party and reached full bloom in the Trump era? We have seen bare knuckles conflict led by the likes of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, Trump's evisceration of the Republican establishment,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at Right In New England
In the White House not everything goes according to plan. In fact, there is not always a plan. One of the truisms of the presidency is that candidates run on platforms, but they rarely control their agenda once they get into office. They face a legislative opposition which makes their... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Right In New England
European war. Confrontation with China. Looming global famine. Rampant inflation. Resurgent pandemic. Likely recession. Open borders. Rising violent crime. Acrimonious politics. Critical Race Theory. I have a friend who likes to wax poetic about how humankind is a scourge on the planet; how we have not learned any lessons over... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Right In New England
Over the past few decades there has been an ebb and flow between the Republicans and Democrats in mastering the mechanics of electoral politics. The quality of candidates and the salience of issues matter most, but it also matters how the game is played and each side has enjoyed fleeting... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Right In New England
Some national borders are the result of decisions by relatively detached, "objective" statesmen - the Sykes-Picot Agreements which divided up the former Ottoman Empire; the Tordesillas Line of 1494 which divided Portuguese Brazil from the rest of Spanish Latin America; the 1846 Oregon Treaty which set the border between Canada... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Right In New England
During the Trump administration there was much criticism from the Left about Mike Pompeo's State Department and Trump's appointment of ambassadors - too many big donors; too many of his political backers as opposed to career diplomats; an extension of Trump's personal faults around the world. The New York Times... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Right In New England
After a few months of wrangling over commission membership, leadership, and scope, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States - led by Republican Thomas Keane and Democrat Lee Hamilton - conducted an exhaustive investigation and published in July of 2004 a definitive explanation of what happened on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Right In New England
Premise: Successful governments take a pragmatic, long term view based on economic, political, and military considerations when making important international decisions. Moral considerations matter more in democracies (like western Europe, North America, Japan, and South Korea) which are more responsive to the will of the people; power considerations matter more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at Right In New England
On April 5, our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, told Congress "Even though we’re a month-plus into the war, there is much of the ground war left in Ukraine. But I do think this is a very protracted conflict, and I think it’s at least... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at Right In New England
Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal" contains both discussions of specific real estate transactions in New York, and principles which he has learned and applied over a lifetime: know your market; use your leverage; maximize your options/ remain flexible; think big; have fun. The book, and the schtick, was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2022 at Right In New England
We've got a president with 41% approval ratings and falling; we've got a vice president who is in way over her head; we've got a Congress dominated by progressives who would bankrupt the country; we've got a live war in Europe; we've got an escalating confrontation with China. This week's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at Right In New England
The hard thing about being president of the United States is that, even with all of the powers of the greatest country in the world, you don't get to determine the agenda. President Trump was sailing along toward re-election with peace abroad and a booming economy when Covid hit. President... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2022 at Right In New England
Putin's Ukraine war has two features: the desire of a country of 44,000,000 people to leave the Russian orbit and firmly establish itself as part of "western" Europe; and the millennial legacy of ethnic/religious/linguistic pockets spread across southeastern Europe. The first can perhaps be solved by some sort of military... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at Right In New England
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. "- Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Countries, institutions, and individuals face a moment of choosing in the "times of challenge and controversy" created... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at Right In New England
This week optimists need to take the long view; there is little good to be found in the short run. Some hopes for the next week or two: 1. Putin's war is contained to Ukraine. Realists in Moscow and Washington understand that accidents happen, that "fog of war" events can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Right In New England
Disclaimer: This is not meant as guidance for the current Ukraine crisis. In a military/geopolitical engagement the administration needs to do what it needs to do. Rather, this blog calls for a longer term perspective on priorities and financial limitations. By chance, the Biden administration is preparing to submit to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2022 at Right In New England