The Rationalist Papers (28): Trump shtick

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I was watching President Trump speak at a rally and I suddenly realized why his performance seemed so familiar, even though his speaking style is unlike any other politician’s. It’s shtick. 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 … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (27): Who wants to prevent you from voting?

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Only one party in the 2020 Presidential election is attempting to make it hard for people to vote, or to have their vote counted. It’s the Republicans. 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. … Continued

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