Politics

How I am voting this election

  If you pay attention to my various streams, you'll note I purposely stay away from posting about politics or other hot-button issues. I haven't posted in the Politics category of this blog since 2004, and that wasn't so much about politics as it was about the way the Legislative Branch of the government is organized. I have friends and colleagues from both parties, and I just choose to keep my opinions on political matters private as there are so many people who are much better than me at articulating the political issues. Choosing to talk about my beliefs would normally incite arguments, and my time on social media is better spent talking about things that people would only tease me for rather than argue with me. Every election I exercise my right to vote and express my political beliefs through that medium. This election, however, has become such a sham that I feel I can remain silent no longer. (more…)

Law

On Ben’s view on how to fix the Legislature

2011 Editorial note: over the years Ben eventually Abandoned his blog and the original post is gone, you can see a copy of Ben's original article on the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive here. Ben posted on his blog today about a plan on how to "fix" the United States Legislative Branch by getting rid of the Senate. In his view, the Senate makes representation unfair because since each state gets two senators, in some states, like Alaska, the senator represents a lot fewer people than a senator from other states, like California. I must say I disagree with his assessment on the health of our checks and balances system, and here's why. (more…)