Hennessy's View

How Can I Possibly Vote for Rick Stream for County Executive?

Maybe this logic sucks, but this is my logic. When I vote, I ignore my positions on issues. Instead, I use my vote to advance two objectives: 1. I want my vote to improve policy towards liberty. 2. I want my vote to maximize my political power. A simple test that I ask myself is this: If I vote for A, do I expect resulting policy to be more or less to my liking? Read more →

Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

When people asked me to get behind Rick Stream, I first wanted to make sure that was the right thing. I remembered that I have a friend who helped Rick a while ago. So I asked her. Rick Stream is “a quiet leader.” “I didn’t see him as a politician,” she told me. We were talking about Rick Stream, the candidate for St. Louis County Executive. [caption id=“attachment_15477” align=“alignright” width=“300”] Representative Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) chairs the House Appropriations Committee. Read more →

I Will Vote for Libertarian Bill Slantz for Congress

Libertarians want to take over the world and leave you alone. What a refreshing ambition! A couple days ago, I wrote that I will not vote for Ann Wagner’s re-election in 2014. I arrived at that position after realizing that Mrs. Wagner and I share incompatible, mutually exclusive views on the proper relationship between government and people. She believes government should run markets. I believe government should make sure markets are fair. Read more →