The Rationalist Papers (26): 25 reasons

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The election is one week from today. What have we learned? Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservatives, moderates, undecided, and third-party voters considering their choices in the 2020 US Presidential election. We need sober analysis free from the extreme shouts and screams of cable news and social … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (25): The Sharpie

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Why am I talking about a hurricane map from a year ago when the election is next week? Because it tells you quite a lot about who we’re voting for. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, undecided, and third-party voters considering their choices in … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (24): Tax returns

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Every presidential nominee since 1976 has released his tax returns, or at least a summary of what’s in them. Joe Biden has released 22 years of his tax returns. Donald Trump did not make his returns available in 2016, and has not released them this year, either. Does this matter? Just a reminder: these Rationalist … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (23): The healthcare plan

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Fixing health care is easy. All you have to do is make the care better, less expensive, and less of a hassle. That’s the Trump health-care plan in a nutshell. There’s only one problem. There is no plan. If you are a person of faith, you know that sometimes you must believe in things when … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (22): Third-party protest

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You may be so unhappy with your major-party choices this year that you are voting for a third party, or not voting at all. Let’s examine what your choice actually means. Why people would rather not choose between Trump and Biden When offered two suboptimal choices, the mind rebels. You think, is there really no … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (21): enemies

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Here’s a list. What do these people and things all have in common? ABC, CBS, and NBC. Amazon. The Associated Press. Alec Baldwin. Steve Bannon, former Trump strategist. Glenn Beck, conservative commentator. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO. Michael Bloomberg, former New York Mayor. John Bolton, former Trump National Security Advisor. George W. Bush, former Republican President. … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (20): Analysis of the candidates’ words at the town halls

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden participated in competing town hall broadcasts last week. I analyzed their speech. Trump talked about himself a lot more, but Biden talked about voters and what he would do for them. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, undecided, and … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (19): A cabinet of “the best people”

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Why does Donald Trump have such difficulty retaining people in leadership positions? In August of 2015, candidate Trump said “I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people. We want top of the line professionals.” Since then, turnover in the most influential positions in the executive office of the President has … Continued