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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
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 yesterday 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
Once upon a time there was a species called "Rockefeller Republicans" - named after the former Governor of New York, presidential candidate in 1964, 1968, and 1972, and Vice President during Gerald Ford abbreviated presidency from 1974 to 1977 - who were moderate to left on social issues, center-right on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Sometimes being right on the substance and wrong on the form isn't good enough. While trying to do too much in one week, the president's proclivity for disruption and the media's proclivity for hysteria - familiar shows in domestic venues - fell flat when translated to the world stage. Some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
The reporting on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Anthony Kennedy seat on the Supreme Court will revolve around tactics and trivia - efforts to sway undeclared senators; nuances of 300 written opinions; details of an apparently exemplary life. The Kavanaugh appointment is not about abortion, impeachment, healthcare,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
In this age when everything is about Trump, the July 1, elections in Mexico risk passing with little notice in the Norteamericano consciousness. With the election of hard left President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), a legislative majority for his new National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, and the rebuke of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Right in San Francisco
Upon brief reflection, this week's actions at the Supreme Court were very predictable: - The Court heard a case challenging a 1977 precedent which had ruled that public employee unions and government employers could require that employees join the union or pay a "fair share" of dues (about 80%) to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Right in San Francisco