The Rationalist Papers (18): Biden will raise taxes. But not on you.

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Yes, taxes would be higher under President Biden. Enough to raise $2.4 trillion in the next ten years. You almost certainly won’t be paying them, though, unless you make more than $400,000 a year or run a decent sized business. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (17): Why bother voting?

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The polls say Biden will very likely win. Why spend your time and effort voting? 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 the 2020 US Presidential election. The horse race As they do every year, news organizations devote a … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (16): L’état, c’est moi.

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The president serves the government and the nation. When the president exploits the functions of government for political aims, we must toss him out. 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 the 2020 US Presidential election. In the early … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (15): Big tent

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American presidential politics has always been about winning over the middle. And Donald Trump has abandoned the middle. Are you in the middle? 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 the 2020 US Presidential election. Who’s for Biden? Certainly … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (14): The presidential COVID quiz

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While most Republicans believe Trump has handled the COVID-19 crisis as well as other wealthy countries, nearly all Democrats disagree. If you were in charge, could you have done better? Today we find out. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, undecided, and third-party voters considering their … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (13): A normal debate

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The “debate” between Joe Biden’s selection for vice-president, Senator Kamala Harris, and Trump’s VP Mike Pence was normal by 21st Century televised debate standards. By that I mean that the level of shouting, screaming, interrupting, and abuse was sufficiently low that it was actually possible to hear much of what the candidates were saying, and … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (12): Living in fear

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Today’s column is a personal story. But it’s pretty relevant to what we’re all experiencing right now — both citizens and presidential candidates. 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 the 2020 US Presidential election. Until recently, I have … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (10): Look away

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Are you tired of all this noise and suffering? I sure am. I need a break. Do you? 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 the 2020 US Presidential election. I’m depressed. It’s depressing to see friends out of … Continued