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Unhappy With Your Current Political Options?

Do you find it difficult to associate yourself with either of the two major political parties in the United States today? 

Are you uncomfortable with the extent to which the far right controls the Republican Party and the far left controls the Democratic Party? 

Do you often find yourself more comfortable with moderate Democrats on social issues and mainstream (as opposed to populist/economic nationalist) Republicans on economic and tax issues? 

Do you find some aspects of libertarianism appealing but feel that the government should play a larger role than the libertarians support? 

Are you frustrated with the way the electoral process tends to present the independent voter with, at best, the lesser of two evils?

Are you dismayed by the Democrats antipathy for free markets and the tendency of the Republicans to be more pro-business and protectionist than pro-free market?

Are you upset by the willingness of both parties to hand out favors to special interest groups in return for money?

Are you frustrated with the inability of our elected officials to hammer out reasonable compromises? 

Are you afraid to vote for third party candidates because it will only succeed in electing the Party you like the least?

Do you feel that divided government may be best because you don't trust either party to govern responsibly?

If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, you may have found a new home with a centrist political organization made up of like minded people who want to see the political process work and who do not view themselves as fully liberal or fully conservative. 

Here's What to Do (This section will be continuously updated during the 2020 election process and the transition to a new administration. Please check back for any changes as the process unfolds.) (last modified 7/1/21, see the section on the infrastructure package)

We have added a new page to the web site: Score Card for the Biden Administration. The intent is to put an objective stake in the sand today, on which we intend to judge the current administration toward the end of his first term. The scorecard is still under construction, so some of the target values still need to be determined. We will also be providing the data sources that we will use to determine the target values. For the most part, the targets were set at simply better than the 2019 values. In some cases, like inflation, we have moved the target. In the case of inflation, the target was increased to reflect current realities. Let us know what you think.

Thanks to all who voted in the 2020 general election. Centrist government will happen when elected officials expect that they have to appeal to the center rather than their base in order to get elected and when politicians realize that in order to get things done they have to compromise with the other side. This will only happen if centrists vote in large numbers. The results of the 2018 mid-terms clearly suggest that the Democrats were able to take control of the House by appealing to centrist voters in swing districts. The media-hyped successes of far left Democratic candidates, like AOC, in safe Democratic districts, have tended to obscure this fact. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, is keenly aware of it. It is important that Democrats realize that Biden won because he was the most acceptable candidate to moderate Democrats, Republicans and independents. The extent to which the Democrats lost ground in the House in 2020 was probably the result of the very public leftward tilt of the party during the primaries and the Democratic Convention.

The selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate was also an encouraging sign for realistic centrists. Our preference was Amy Klobuchar but Harris was more than acceptable. The most important thing was that he did not pick Elizabeth Warren. Again Harris is no centrist, but she is more reasonable than a number of the other potential choices.

We supported the Biden-Harris ticket over the Trump-Pence choice, and look forward to a more sane and predictable presidency. 

Having said that, we need to be mindful that the Democratic Party remains committed to some very far left positions.  The Democrats have taken the Senate. We can expect them to eventually revoke the filibuster rule and run the Senate by simple majority rule. In the long run, this is a mistake for either party to do. As party dominance shifts, legislation that lacks bipartisan support will be repealed, leading to an unpredictable political and economic environment.  

Even if they do not overturn the filibuster rule, there are many issues, including tax/budget legislation, on which the Democrats only need a simple majority to rule. This is the way that Obama Care was passed without any Republican support.

There is little doubt that the reason why the Republican candidates lost the Senate run-off elections in Georgia is because of the behavior of Donald Trump. His unwillingness to accept the outcome of the presidential election and his insistence that other Republicans follow suit put the Republican candidates in an untenable position. 

Now that the Democrats have taken control of the Presidency, the House, and the Senate we hope that they will realize that this is  a mandate to govern responsibly and not a mandate for enacting a far left agenda. If they use the opportunity to govern in a centrist fashion, they might retain control of the federal government for the foreseeable future. If instead they push through a radical agenda, they will inevitably lose control of the legislature in two years and the presidency in four. This may well be a golden opportunity for the Democratic Party, and the country, if the Democrats have the self control to embrace it.

Republicans need to reject Trump and Trumpism and embrace center-right positions if they hope to regain power. It may well be the right moment for the Republican Party to split and form a new center-right party. Since such a party would lose the far right/populist part of the current Republican party, it must replace those voters with independents and moderate Democrats. If they do split, here are some suggestions about policy proposals that we think they should embrace if they want to grab the centrist/independent voter. (We have also included center-left suggestions that we think the Democratic Party would be wise to embrace if they want to make progress and retain control.)

Climate Change: Favor a carbon (greenhouse gas) tax combined with a tariff on the implicit carbon content of goods from countries without a similar carbon tax. Favor distributing the proceeds on a per capita basis until we are in economic recovery and then using them to reduce the deficit. ( A center-left version of this proposal that Democrats should embrace is doing the same, but permanently redistributing the proceeds on a per capita basis.)

Abortion Rights, Marriage Equality, and Gun Rights: Accept the current Supreme Court Rulings on these issues as settled law. They should restrict their efforts on these issues to federal and state legislative efforts, rather than using the courts. ( A center-left position would be the same. The difference between center-left and center-right is in the content of the legislative proposals. The center-left would also be wise to completely reject proposals for packing the Supreme Court.)

On Law Enforcement and Justice Reform: Support federal programs to improve law enforcement practices to emphasize de-escalation practices and to allow more effective discipline of police practices. This probably means greater funding for police departments, not less. It also probably means less power on the part of police unions to protect rogue officers. Support reform of sentencing practices with the objective of reducing the rate of recidivism and the size of the prison population. (A center-left position would be similar, with perhaps a different tilt to the funding of regular police services.)

On Trade: Support for multi-lateral free trade agreements that protect intellectual property rights and prevent government subsidies for favored industries. Favor aggressive federal support for retraining and relocation programs for workers adversely affected by trade agreements. ( A center-left position would do the same except that it would put greater emphasis on environmental and labor practice concerns in the trade agreements.)

On Immigration: America should be a global leader in humanitarian asylum. We should also make use of the global talent pool to enhance our economic competitiveness. This talent pool spans both the high-tech sector and low-skilled agricultural workers. We should provide a path to citizenship for the "Dreamers" and a path to legal residency for current undocumented families, with appropriate incentives to discourage future illegal immigration. We should also attempt to resolve the social issues in Central America that drive so many to seek entry into the U.S. ( A center-left position would be similar except that the center-right proposal would lean toward merit-based immigration and the center-left would lean toward family-based immigration.)

Review of the Biden administration to date:

So far the Biden administration has been refreshing in tone but occasionally troubling in content.

The Stimulus Package

The biggest thing that has come out of the Biden administration and Congress is the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. The big risk given the scale of the package is that it is too much stimulus and that it will ignite inflation. If it does, there will be significant political pressure on the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates to control the inflation. If the Fed does not act, inflation can gain a foothold and it will be difficult to ultimately reign it in. When the Fed eventually does raise interest rates, it will make the interest cost of financing the now significantly bigger national debt much larger.

The scale of the stimulus package is partly a product of the Democratic narrative about why the Obama recovery was so slow. The Democrats maintain that they were persuaded to go small in 2009 and that the recovery was slower than it should have been because of that. The Republican narrative is that the Obama era recovery was slow because of high taxes and heavy handed regulation.

We hope that the recovery is quick in terms of both growth and employment and that inflation remains near the Fed's target of 2-2.5%. Whether this will be the case depends on the rest of the Democratic agenda. Onerous regulations, pro union rules and legislation, a $15/hour minimum wage and higher corporate, capital gains, and income taxes will all act to make the rebound in employment less than we would all hope for.

The Infrastructure Package

Infrastructure improvement is an issue on which there is room for bipartisan action. There are aspects of the Biden plan that could easily get Republican support if presented separately, e.g. highways, bridges, dams, and broadband internet expansion. There are aspects of the Biden proposal that we think deserve support which will probably not be able to garner Republican support, like the build out of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. There are also significant aspects for the package that are bad public policy, like linking the spending to requirements for using union labor. This clear payback for the support of labor unions will increase the cost of infrastructure improvements and increase the power of organized labor at the expense of the rest of society. 

Much of the package is intended to address climate change. Sadly, the Biden administration has forgone the most efficient option for addressing climate change; a carbon tax and comparable tariff.
We are not sure why this is the case. It is likely that one of the reasons is because they want to hide the cost of fighting climate change behind a regulatory and tax incentive cloud. It is certainly not because they view such a tax as regressive since it could be made progressive by returning the proceeds on a per capita basis.

The bipartisan proposal on infrastructure is a good compromise. Unfortunately, the desire on the part of some Democrats to have their cake and eat it too may sabotage the compromise. If the bipartisan compromise has any meaning at all  it must mean that the Democrats forego, at least for this session of Congress, any attempts to pass the rest of their "infrastructure" program.

The Tax Proposal

In our view, the 2017 tax law changes went too far by reducing the corporate income tax to 21%
from 35%. We have no problem with raising it back to 28%. It must be remembered that taxing corporations is a vehicle for taxing individuals and any increase in the corporate income tax will adversely affect investors, customers and employees to some degree. We will have more to say on this issue once more of the details of the Biden tax plan are revealed.

Click here for a look at our new Score Card for the Biden Administration. The intent is to provide an objective basis for evaluating the Biden Administration over time. Aspects of the score card are still under construction.


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