Posts by Rob F

Food stamps were a bipartisan program until recently

Richard Nixon
Historically, Republicans did as much to build up Food Stamps as Democrats Back in the good ol’ days when our leaders were more concerned with solving problems than undermining partisan opponents, America created one of the pillars of our social safety net… food stamps. While considered a...Read More

Can you even explain what Trump’s tariffs are for any more?

Let’s be clear about what tariffs are… they are taxes imposed by our government on American business and consumers to slow down commerce. When American companies like Ford buy steel from China to build cars, it’s Ford that pays the tax bill not China. Tariffs are intended...Read More

NY Times poll: Biden is Democrat’s best chance to beat Trump

Because of the electoral college, a handful of key states (Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina) will likely decide who will be the President in 2020. Despite polling so poorly nationally, Trump’s chances of reelection are surprisingly good because how well he’s doing in these key...Read More

Two lessons from Beto’s failed run for President

Beto O'Rourke
Beto’s run for President is over and there’s a couple lessons for Democrats to learn… well actually quite a few but I’ll focus on just two. First, he lacked identity. Ask someone what Beto stands for or some of his policy positions and I’m betting most people...Read More

The coal industry’s decline is everyone’s problem

Coal miner
Despite the backing of the President and billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies to rescue a flagging industry, the largest private coal miner, Murray Energy, filed for bankruptcy. That makes it the eighth coal company to go bankrupt in a year. While environmentalists might say good riddance,...Read More

What’s Russia got to gain in Syria?

What's Russia got to gain in Syria? 1 What's Russia got to gain in Syria?
To no one’s surprise, after Trump orders U.S. troops out of Syria, Russia swoops in almost immediately. A week after our withdrawal, Turkey’s Erdogan flew to sign an agreement with Putin in what’s been described as a major victory for Russia. But some have argued that this...Read More