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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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Let's take some risk and discuss race. Fueled by the New York Times 1619 Project and the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolies, we have been going through the first portion of a cycle which has repeated itself periodically in American history - notably in the Civil War period and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Right In New England
As Clint Eastwood says in Magnum Force after blowing up his protagonist, "A man's got to know his limitations". As President Biden's legislative agenda comes to a head in Washington and he prepares to jet off to Geneva to meet with Vladimir Putin, it looks as if the president's handlers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at Right In New England
Americans are optimists - for good reason. Our ancestors came here looking for a better life, most found one. We have long led the world economically and militarily, fueled by innovation and a culture and legal system which place high value on the rights of the individual. We are forward... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at Right In New England
One has to wonder what Joe Biden was thinking on May 19, when he waived sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline company and it's CEO, Putin crony and former East German intelligence officer Matthias Warnig, at a time when a State Department spokesman was saying "the Biden administration has... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Right In New England
There are lots of "First 100 Days" assessments of the Biden presidency - most are puff pieces about not being Trump, a change in style, or a more humane approach. Let's try for a bit more rigor, organized around the bigger ideas. In most cases it is too early to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at Right In New England
Much of the democratic world employs a parliamentary system in which the majority party legislative leaders also act as the leaders of the executive branch. Our founders thought it wiser to separate the legislative and executive branches as a restraint on government overreach, and an effort to ensure individual liberty... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at Right In New England
As a country we have a problem with police killings of Blacks. Some of the incidents represent apparent gross malfeasance - George Floyd; Daniel Prude; Marvin Scott. A few reflect appropriate behavior which has been deliberately distorted - Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri; Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. Some reflect... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at Right In New England
The common assumption on the Right is that Kamala Harris will be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2024, either because Joe Biden will turn over the reigns early, or because he will step down after one term. Let's plumb that premise from the perspective of an engaged observer who was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Right In New England
The Biden administration has a lot of priorities - some self-generated; some generated by Nancy Pelosi's House; some imposed from outside: completion of Donald Trump's withdrawal from Afghanistan; trillions of dollars of spending for "Coronavirus relief" and "Infrastructure"; the accompanying deficit and tax increase; the chaotic border with Mexico; expansion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Right In New England
This is a high risk moment for the long term economic viability of the United States. We are exhausted and disoriented by the Coronavirus and the spending that has been undertaken to blunt the pandemic and stimulate economic activity. In about a year Nancy Pelosi's House has generated "relief" bills... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at Right In New England
The issue of the day - as clearly framed at the March 18-19 meeting of top U.S. and Chinese and officials in Anchorage - is whether China's ascendency over the past four decades is matched by an inevitable decline of the United States. The New York Times professed in 2012,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Right In New England
Within the next few months Operation Wharp Speed 2.0 will deliver enough doses to vaccinate all Americans, and the domestic focus will turn to encouraging the reluctant, expanding service to children and underserved communities, and developing vaccines for new virus variants. We've got enough focus, expertise, and money to handle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Right In New England
With the transition from a Republican president who sucked all of the air out of the room to a Democratic president who gets propped up and wheeled out by his handlers, it is worth looking beyond the putative party leaders to examine the party establishments on both sides. Let's do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Right In New England
Next Thursday and Friday Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet in Anchorage with their Communist Chinese counterparts, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo member Jang Jiechi, to lay out an agenda for engagement between the ascendent Chinese and the Biden administration. The meeting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at Right In New England
By this time in Donald Trump's presidency Michael Flynn had resigned as National Security Advisor, Sean Spicer was struggling to control messaging as a short-lived Press Secretary, and a dozen insiders such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Senior Advisor Steve Bannon were within a few months of being... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at Right In New England
On behalf of the Baby Boomers, I would like to issue a hearty "Thank You" to our parents' generation who saved the world from Hitler and Tojo, and to our kids and grandkids who will pay for our profligacy over the past few decades. We've been in the sweet spot.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Right In New England
George Orwell would have felt confirmed by the Twenties. Despite all of the power of Siri and Alexi, Google, Firefox, Edge, and Bing, Fact Check and Politifact, Wikipedia, and You Tube, the engaged American citizen lives in a society where history is rewritten and the bulk of the media repeats... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Right In New England
First, the good news: it appears that the Trump administration's pivot from President Obama's unsuccessful focus on the Middle East to a focus on a rivalry with China will have some legs with the Biden administration. At least there are some indicators: - Biden's first week in office began with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Right In New England
The history, culture, and world view of China are very different from that of Europe and North America. Some background refreshment is needed before assessing current events and suggesting policy positions. Important guidance is contained in Sun Tzu's Taoist classic, The Art of War. Written some 2500 years ago during... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Right In New England
Donald Trump brought his own agenda to the White House. Much of it was not the agenda of the Establishment Republican Party. While Republicans attained majorities in the House and Senate in 2016, many were not committed to a Trump agenda. Many of his Cabinet appointments received scant Democratic support;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Right In New England
Good speech. Well delivered. Apparently heartfelt. America wishes President Joe Biden well in his vision of unity. We need it. So, what might a strategy to achieve unity look like? It is certainly understandable to bask in the political victory for a day or two, but Biden doesn't have a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at Right In New England
As Nancy Pelosi, the New York Times editorial board, and the legions of anti-Trump pundits roam the battlefield looking for wounded survivors to butcher, a moment of reflection and a few forecasts are in order. On the positive side: - We remain a center-right country. A strong majority oppose "defunding... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Right In New England
Generations of students of American history - nay, of world history - will know of Donald Trump's refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election - first by a blizzard of lawsuits in the various states, then by efforts to have Congress overturn the count in the Electoral... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at Right In New England
After Mitt Romney's loss of the 2012 presidential election, Reince Priebus' Republican National Committee conducted a post mortem designed to determine what worked. what did not, and to set a way forward. With Donald Trump hovering over the Republican Party, such a post mortem is not possible. Let this suffice.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Right In New England
Let's face it. Mail-in voting was growing before the pandemic; its explosion in 2020 probably cost Donald Trump his re-election; and expansion is a major strategy for Pelosi's Democratic party. While there is a litany of issues and challenges surrounding the presidential election, most are reminiscent of past alleged misdeeds;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Right In New England