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 (11): The art of the deal

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We are a divided nation. It’s clear to me that the job of the next president is to lead — to bring people together, and to create policies that reach across the aisle. I’ll explain why, and which of the two major candidates would be best at creating the deals that will heal the nation. … Continued