STATIST [STEY-tist]: one who believes that the state should have partial or total control of the people.


I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about statism.  I thought it was probably a term that could be applied to good, liberal Democrats in a complimentary way.   But the more I read, it sounds like a radical person who has “stolen” the personal liberties from people and replaced them with adherence […]

PROGRESSIVE: advocating change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are


It is the season for political surveys on the land line.   We anticipate them every evening between 5:30 and 7:00.   And, despite what the pollsters tell us, it is easy to tell whose poll it is.   They’re not all that clever at disguising their sponsors. Some of them clearly originate in another part of the […]

QUID PRO QUO: one thing in return for another.

Quid pro quo is commonly understood to mean “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  That is to say, “you do me a favor and I’ll do one for you.”   The phrase comes from Latin, meaning “something for something.” In the business world, quid pro quo is an ordinary concept, in which one business […]


The word confidence has played a major role in the editorials and op-ed pieces for the past several months.   It is usually coupled with the words consumer, voter, or investor to report that: consumer confidence is at an all-time low, with purchasing of goods being a very fragile marker voter confidence in the President and […]

SYSTEMIC: an underlying, repeating pattern

When you look at the illustration to the right which depicts the solar system it gives you a basis for understanding the word systemic. There is an order, seemingly a plan, by which the planets relate to the sun.  It is predictable, allowing us to develop a calendar and giving us a road map  by […]

CONSENSUS: a majority opinion

One of the difficult aspects of voting on an issue is that there are winners and losers.  Even when members of a committee go into a vote knowing that, there is always of sense of  someone being outvoted.  That may sting.  If a person feels strongly enough to vote in the opposition, there have to […]