Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies

The American system of government relies on those in Congress, the President, the Courts, the military and the media to take often difficult principled stands. When people are elected or appointed to positions of power they know this to be true and expect to make difficult decisions, so why do they so often give into to aggressors?  It turns out that this is just human nature. This is a fascinating look into human physche in which Fareed Zakaria describes Ann…

The End of The Oil Age?

Headlines like Yes, oil is dead. Just read the writing on the wall. , The coronavirus pandemic may have one silver lining: the potential collapse of big oil. and Green Party declares that “oil is dead” are not only misleading and inaccurate, but also dangerous.   Unfortunately, these types of headlines are always from those in the first world.  Often with the best of intentions (though not always), they look around their regional environments and see decreased consumption.  They then…

How COVID Ends – Should Some Low Risk People Return to Work During COVID-19 Oubreak?

There has been so much pointless coronavirus finger pointing between China and the US in recent weeks that there has not been a substantive discussion about the exit strategy to this or any other pandemic.  That does not mean that serious people have not been thinking about how to get out of this and the answer now seems obvious. The doctor (Dr David Katz) who dared to point out that there is much harm to humans (not just the economy)…

VIDEO: The Future of the Energy Industry 2020-2023

David Book, Managing Director of Clearview Energy Partners, does an excellent job of crystallizing the known issues and outcomes for the oil and gas industry over the next few years.  Topics include: COVID-19 Trump Reelection Russia’s Tax Structure Saudi Pools of Cash De-Globalization Innovation   .

VIDEO: The Simple & Scientific Explanation for Tribalism in Modern Politics Globally

Have you ever wondered why facts just don’t matter anymore?  Take a look at this chart from FiveThirtyEight.com showing public support for removing US President Trump from Office after being implicated in seriously inappropriate actions in 2019/2020.  If that isn’t enough look at our popularity charts comparing US President Trumps approval ratings to Johnson, Regan, Carter, Regan Bush, Clinton, W Bush and Obama. It used to be that political parties of all stripes had a mixture of perspectives, but modern…

VIDEO – This Is No Cold War: The Geopolitical Threat Over a Rising China Explained

The worlds thinkers figured out long ago that China is more likely going to grow through economics and not through aggression.  That fact does not stop world leaders, most notably Donald Trump, from vilifying the Chinese.  After all, a common enemy draws people together and has long been a path to political success. One of the globes most respected nonpartisan organizations, RAND Corporation, recently put out paper titled Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer; China Is a Peer, Not…

One Third of US GDP Is Concentrated in Just 1% of US Counties & How This Effects Elections

In this short clip Fareed Zakaria explains that just 1% of US counties produce nearly one third of US output.  These numbers were generated by Bloomberg from new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis report. “…Just 31 counties, or the top 1% by share, made up 32.3% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018… That’s despite these counties only having 26.1% of employed Americans and 21.9% of the population last year. SOURCE Put another way, 22% of American’s…

VIDEO: Trump Impeachment? Politicians Voting Conscience Rather Party Do NOT Lose Future Elections

Conventional wisdom says that any American politician that votes against their party’s position will be severely punished by voters and loose the next election.  However, that facts do not support this. From Civil Rights, to the War in Afghanistan, to Medicare, to Gun Control, those politicians that voted against their party to take a principled stand have won re-election. These historical results explained by Jon Meacham, author of the 2019 book IMPEACHMENT: An Amercian History, may be helpful to those…

VIDEO: Complete Audio & Text of Phone Conversation Between US President Trump & Ukrainian President Zelensky

This is a followup to our article: Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden Ukriane Trump Inquiry The basis of the impeachment of US President Trump is a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky but very few people have heard an audio recording of the call. Because no audio recording of the original has been released, we decided to use computers to read the transcript.  This has the advantage of depersonalizing the exchange and hopefully allows you…

Want To See Something Surprising? President Trumps Approval Ratings Compared to Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson

When we started researching this article we had intended to compare Donald Trump’s approval rating to Richard Nixon’s, but it became apparent that President Trumps ratings are: quite consistent over time ranging between 50% and 60% better than nearly all modern Presidents at this point in their history   Click to expand this chart We could write up an whole analysis of these graphs but they largely speech for themselves. One point we think worth making came from CNBC: “…The…

Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden, Ukraine, Trump Inquiry

UPDATE: Dec 18 2019: President Trump has been Impeached and we have a transcript audio recording of the Trump Zelensky call that resulted in this trainwreck HERE. There are just so many confusing details about how US President Donald Trump ended up being accused of trying to extort political support from the Ukraine in exchange for desperately need military weapons. To clarify this mess we spent hours digging through records and press releases to develope this complete Biden, Ukraine, Obama,…

VIDEO: Colin Powell on Donald Trump: The US Constitution Starts With ‘We The People’ Not ‘I the President’

At PartisanIssues.com we shy away from opinion and stick to facts.  However, the recent impeachment process involving US President Donald Trumps potential abuse of power has us interested in what serious people in the Republican party have to say about the matter. We stumbled on a fascinating talk between Fareed Zakaria and former US secretary of states Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright at the New Albany ‘The Jefferson Series‘.  In it both Albright and Powell make some excellent non-partisan points…

Think Nuclear is Dead or Dangerous? Bill Gates Says Think Again

The nuclear energy industry has a bad rap.  Accidents at Fukushima Japan and Chernobyl Russia, using 1950’s technology, scared citizens and politicians into thinking that nuclear energy is both dangerous and dead. Even with these massive events, the fact is that nuclear was always RELATIVELY safe.  We say relatively because all systems have flaws and failures but nuclear is far superior to coal or even natural gas and wind power. However, in the 1970’s and 1980’s much research was done…

VIDEO: Gladwell Explains Why We Should Trust Strangers More But Downplay The Value of Face To Face Meetings

In Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Talking to Strangers, he explains a theory that while humans are better off for trusting strangers, that we are terrible at over valuing personal interactions.  He bases most of his position research fro University of Alabama professor Timothy Levine’s research: He discusses US President Donald Trumps over valuing his personal meetings with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Mussolini, Chamberlain, Stalin and Churchill’s interactions with Hitler Here is the audio and a machine transcription of…

SOLVED: Simple Explanation of The Yield Curve and Why it Matters To You

The “Yield Curve” is nothing more than a line between the dots on a graph of interest rates.  At the start of the graph (on the left) is very short term interest rates and at the end of the graph (on the right side) is longer term interest rates. When long term interest rates are lower than short term rates it means business is expected to DECREASE over time.  When the graph trends down, it is called an “inverted yield…