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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

August 22, 2019

 [Is it time for the. GOP to fly the distress signal? Photo: Hudson Valley One.

While obviously eyeing the 2020 presidential election, a few current trends might have the GOP thinking about long-term viability as a party.  Anti-Trump sentiment, Republican infighting, and increased disaffectedness of...

August 7, 2019

It is still too early to predict the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election. The field is oversaturated at present, comprising some very well-known names, some relatively familiar names, and some complete unknowns. There is still a lot of baseball between now and November 2020. Unle...

February 28, 2019

I focused my last post on the practicality of the Green New Deal (GND) and what I see as its shortcomings to being a more effective resolution. I have received some feedback suggesting I was being too critical and focusing more on aspects that would be part of eventual legislation or initiatives to...

February 20, 2019

A few friends and family members have asked what I think about the Green New Deal (GND), recently unveiled by Democratic Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Is it practical? It is technologically feasible Will it cost as much as some people predict?

 [The Green New Deal log...

January 2, 2019

The 116th United States Congress will be sworn in this week after weeks of headlines about how this is the most diverse addition to Capitol Hill in American history. While the Senate will remain largely unchanged, the House is a different story, and it’s happening on the Democrats’ side. Indeed, the...

December 11, 2018

We have twelve years to save the planet. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have less than two decades to make the significant strides necessary to avoid catastrophic and truly irreversible impacts of global climate change accelerated by our use of fossil fuels.

Tha...

November 26, 2018

One of the interesting outcomes from this year’s recent mid-term election is what it might mean for sustainable energy in America. Despite the current administration’s misguided views on energy and climate change, American citizens voted across the country to remove lawmakers who are out of touch wi...

November 6, 2018

This is the time of year for the Thankfulness challenge, which I never participate in. Not because I'm an ingrate. I'm genuinely grateful every time I hold my son or kiss my wife. Rather, because I know life will take over and I'll go quite some time without posting something for which I'm grateful...

August 31, 2018

I’ve been helping a friend with some minor research regarding factors behind the current strength of the US economy. However, the more rhetoric I see about the economy’s strength, the more I see signs of warning and dark clouds on the horizon for those outside the country's top income brackets.

I A...

March 30, 2018

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Since January 2017, I have remarked (more than once, I believe) that marching is the new brunch. This weekend was no exception. The March for Our Lives descended on Washington in full voice demanding sensible gun reform legislation....

January 30, 2018

Our president is not well liked.

Look at the actual results in this polling data.

Seriously, take your lunch break today and pore over this. I admit, it gets monotonous after a while, but it’s telling. Aside from niche groups, by and large Trump can’t even muster 50% support on anything.

Yes, there are...

June 21, 2017

I recently completed my civic duty and served on a jury. Whenever I hear the words "jury duty" I immediately think of the moment in the move The Grinch where the title character is stuffing the mailboxes at the Whoville Post Office. I was excited to do it. I've been summoned twice before: once just...

June 2, 2017

Before I launch into my missive, let me just point out Trump announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement on the official first day of hurricane season. Life is never short of irony.
 

Before all the focus turns back to the administration’s attempts to obfuscate the truth and obstruct justice, just...

February 17, 2017

This post is periodically updated.

There has never been a president who believes he is larger than the office - until now.

[The US is in for a rude awakening. (Photo: The Washington Post.]

The 45th president of the United States think being president is same as being CEO of a private company. Not only...