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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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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 7 days ago 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
Back in 1989 an earthquake hit the Bay Area just before a World Series game between the Giants and the Oakland A's. After a brief moment of shaking the foundation of Candlestick Park, a collective shout of "Play Ball" filled the damaged stadium. After four years of shaking foundations, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Right In New England
The January 5, Georgia Senate elections are critically important - for the nation; for the fortunes of several politicians; and for the profits of the well oiled fundraising/advertising industry. Polling is totally discredited and used only to inspire donors. The early conventional wisdom that these were safe Republican seats has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at Right In New England
When Donald Trump entered American politics he blew up the Republican Establishment. One implication was that he wound up with a lot of third rate people briefly on his team - Paul Manafort; Steve Bannon; and Anthony Scaramucci to name a few. Rience Priebus did bring the national Republican Party... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Right In New England
President Trump should graciously acknowledge defeat, release funding for a Biden/Harris transition, and invite the Biden team into planning for the coronavirus response and foreign affairs. Why wouldn't he do that in the interest of American democracy? Well, a few considerations: 1. The transition from the Obama administration to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at Right In New England
In the broadest perspective, Trump represents a transition of the Republican Party from being the party of Wall Street and the Establishment, to being the party of the middle and lower middle working class, including about one-third of Latinos. He was resisted from the beginning “by all means necessary” by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Right In New England
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