Author Archives: Blake Ashby

Bring Back Democratic Capitalism

Sometimes it seems as if “compromise” has become a dirty word. It’s worth remembering that it was a compromise, Democratic Capitalism, that made the United States the country it is.  Democratic Capitalism is capitalism moderated by the power of democracy … Continue reading

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An opportunity missed for Democrats to redeem capitalism

As a longtime Republican who voted against Donald Trump twice, I’m relieved that this chapter of our history is almost over. But it’s hard not to be disappointed by the campaign that Democrat Joe Biden ran. Our divided country needed … Continue reading

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It’s Been A Great Month for Democracy

It’s been a great month for democracy. Not because Joe Biden won, although I am happy about that. It’s been a great month for democracy because the citizens of the United States of America proved yet again that we recognize, … Continue reading

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Speaking out against protest vandalism doesn’t warrant physical attack

Early Sunday evening, I watched a 77-year-old grandmother get punched by a Ferguson protester. She told him to stop spray-painting graffiti. She turned to talk to another protester; he took two steps toward her and cold-cocked her in the jaw, … Continue reading

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The missing data: What you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Information about our federal coronavirus preparedness and response is slowly starting to come out. However there’s one critical piece of data that we will likely never learn: How many people were turned down for tests because of lack of testing … Continue reading

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Oil Production and Global Interdependence

If nothing else, the global pandemic is highlighting the interdependence of the global economy, and hopefully the need for international cooperation. Global oil production is yet another example of this interdependence. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/10/trump-mexico-oil/

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We need an Old Energy New Deal, not a Green New Deal

The Green New Deal didn’t make sense before the pandemic.  It makes even less sense now.  What we need is an Old Energy New Deal, focused on making our existing energy infrastructure more efficient, less polluting.  It’s not glamorous, but … Continue reading

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We Shouldn’t Question President Trump’s Integrity

It’s a rough time for our country, but we will get through it, and we will eventually get back to the presidential election.  When we do, I’m hoping its with a more civil, less hateful approach.  And that includes how … Continue reading

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An Honest Conversation About the Role of Government

We need to get through this crisis, and we will.  Once we do, we need to have a real conversation about the proper role of government.  What do we as individuals take responsibility for, and what responsibilities do we place … Continue reading

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Israeli Democracy

Lost in the global bad news over the weekend was a bit of good news – Israel became a little more democratic. For the first time ever, the parties representing Arab Israelis have agreed to participate in a coalition government. … Continue reading

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