Tag: politics

The Unwelcome Mat

Texas is wide open for business, former Texas Governor Rick Perry used to say. It was the unofficial state motto. Texas racked up awards from Forbes to Site Selection magazine and CNBC, fawning over the Lone Star State and our “Texas Miracle” of economic prowess. Well into the aughts, state leaders plugged along with low taxes, a predictable regulatory environment, and plenty of incentives at the local and state level to attract corporate relocations and expansions at a frenzied pace. But a funny thing happened along the way—Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and an increasing percentage of...

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She Runs Like A Girl

Just about everyone except my dog has weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s campaign post-mortem What Happened. Not surprisingly, opinions are fierce. If you love Hillary, the book will make you angry. If you hate Hillary, the book will make you angry. It seems, though, that unlike my dog – who listened along with me during a long car trip – many with the loudest critiques didn’t bother to read it. You cannot read What Happened and not hear the gut-splitting sound of Hillary falling on her sword time and time again. She takes full responsibility for the loss and...

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Girl Without A Party

The room went from lighthearted, business banter to that record-scratch before the awkward silence. A client introduced the small conference room of staff and consultants to a newly hired senior advisor. Sharply dressed and sharp-tongued, after casual introductions, this new guy chose to break the ice with this gem: “So, did all of you vote for Trump?” Did I hear this guy correctly? He’s asking other consultants and staff if they voted for Donald Trump for President? I mean I was sitting at one of my more conservative client’s offices, but this was uncharted territory. It seemed both a...

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This Flaming Rant Will Have No Effect!

A couple of days ago, the enormously popular entity that is Humans of New York (aka Brandon Stanton) wrote an impassioned screed against the amorphous blob that is Donald Trump. Certified as ‘viral’ by the… well, whomever gets to determine that sort of thing, the post was well-written and heartfelt and repeated a good bit of what we’ve heard from countless others about Trump. Racist, violent, power-hungry—the only thing missing was a Hitler reference. It was shared repeatedly, praised, and lauded. Of course I agreed with every word of it, because I’m a sentient human being able to see...

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The GOP’s Teachable Moment

I’m admittedly a bit of a political news junkie. Raised by proud, engaged, straight-ticket Democrats, I would be thrilled with Hillary, or even Bernie, as our next President.  You’ll hear me audibly crying if a Republican were to win. Whether it is a city council election or a presidential one, I vote because I give a shit about what happens in my city and state, our country, and around the world. With that backdrop, the current events in DC and the campaign trail have me riveted.  Recently, on the evening when Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced he was withdrawing as...

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