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Richard Schulze

Walker, MN
Commenter for
5 years 31 weeks

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The young, educated elite who create jobs and lead opinion trends are socially liberal and fiscally conservative. They support useful benefits and efficient government but not deficits or bureaucracy. The boomers, who have become less socially liberal with age and have always been fiscally profligate, are electorally important today but a diminishing breed. Getting in front of the libertarian trend will require adjustment by both parties, the Republicans most obviously, but the Democrats too...

Posted on 10/24/12 at 08:26 pm in response to China-bashing rhetoric like Romney's is counterproductive

Dear China,

Cut us a little slack. In most countries in the world (including you), the imperialistic hegemon, i.e. the US, is the default bogeyman upon whom to blame the country's woes. The US rarely complains about the aspersions cast its way, or even notices. So please spare a brief moment of sympathy for the US. Who is our default bogeyman? True, Americans also blame the US government, but you can't do that if you are the government, or plan to run it. So we need a go-to country on...

Posted on 10/23/12 at 06:06 pm in response to Foreign policy debate: Turns out Romney’s a peacenik

Conservatives have no where to go and Romney is smart enough to know he owes them nothing.

Posted on 10/19/12 at 08:58 pm in response to Monday’s debate: Watch for what Romney says about Europe

Would the American consulate in Benghazi have been less likely to be attacked if America had supported Israeli efforts to expand its settlements on the West Bank? How about if we had been more aggressive over the past two years in explicitly threatening to bomb Iran? Would America's standing in the Arab world be higher had we been more enthusiastically pro-Israel? It's a theory.

Posted on 10/18/12 at 08:25 pm in response to A solid debate ‘win’ for Obama

I am struck by how much each of these guys is a centrist at heart, albeit with different philosophical leanings. Were no power at stake and no parties involved, I'm sure the two of them if asked could arrive at a consensus on deficit reduction and entitlement reform. There's not much distance between them. The polarization is between the parties, not the candidates. Both parties' ideologues insist that we stand on principle, no matter what the cost.

Posted on 10/20/12 at 08:39 pm in response to A solid debate ‘win’ for Obama

To me, Mr. Romney is a potentially good candidate who's wrong for 2012. What's Romney's strength? Pragmatism. Deal making. Cutting to the chase. It's how Romney made money in business. It's how pretty much any of us make money in business. That could be Romney's brand.

But not in 2012, not with the Tea Party and this current version of the Republican Party. Where pragmatism is seen as weakness. Deal making is compromise and cutting to the chase is selling out.

Posted on 10/20/12 at 08:51 pm in response to A solid debate ‘win’ for Obama

I suspect the winning candidate will be the one believed most likely to appeal to Independents and the elusive center. Conservatives have no where to go and Romney is smart enough to know he owes them nothing.

Posted on 10/13/12 at 07:23 pm in response to Debate winner: Ryan on style, Biden on substance

I liked Biden's Smile. It was a pretty good bullshit alarm.

(Barack and Joe, Can you send me some stimulus money?
Love, Paul Ryan)

Posted on 10/04/12 at 09:58 pm in response to Presidential post-debate: Focusing on Obama’s mis-demeanor

Romney turned in a better debate performance. Those tuning in for a clear and accurate assessment of policy plans received nothing of the kind. Those who tuned in for entertainment value could have been watching Baseball. I wonder whether Obama will sharpen in future debates; he's competitive and hates getting shown up in things like this. But the broad story remains: Romney has a fair bit of ground to make up, and while good debate performances can help he needs assistance from...

Posted on 10/02/12 at 06:37 am in response to Envisioning the morning after the marriage-amendment vote

It's been nothing but mayhem in Canada ever since they legalized it. The economy just keeps on growing, people keep having children, and worst of all, the sun continues to rise and set predictably.