May 05, 2014
Nicholas Kerr joins Sound Politics as a contributor

I'm pleased to have been invited to contribute to Sound Politics and look forward to posting regularly on local policy issues. My wife and I live in the Green Lake neighborhood with our pre-school age daughter and infant son. I run a small business offering marketing consulting services and before that worked at Microsoft and T-Mobile. I grew up in New Zealand, witnessing both the stifling hand of government prior to the wave of reforms that started in the mid 1980s and the dynamism they unleashed in the late 1980s and 1990s, ushering in choice and freedoms to a populace that had previously experienced too little of either for too long.

While my career has been in marketing, I've closely followed policy debates in the various countries in which I've lived and have participated in them in various ways. I've studied economics and been published in major national newspapers in New Zealand and Australia on matters of politics and public policy. I debate primarily national policies on my own blog, The Kerrant, at nkerr.com as well as discuss matters related to fatherhood. I look forward to contributing to local debates here.

Posted by Nicholas Kerr at May 05, 2014 09:37 PM | Email This
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1. Welcome aboard! Go All Blacks!

Posted by: Smokie on May 6, 2014 05:56 AM
2. A welcome to you also. Just be ready for the insipid bloviation of the resident marxist trollscumbaggery....

Posted by: a welcome mat on May 6, 2014 08:47 AM
3. Welcome! It will be good to get an outsider's perspective on politics here in the Puget Sound. Living in Green Lake may give you also a bit of insider's perspective on local events, as well. Good luck to you, and I hope dialog here helps in improvement of our already great quality of life.

Posted by: tensor on May 6, 2014 10:56 AM
4. Welcome, Nicholas. I've read some of your writings and have found them interesting. As you get to know America better, I'm sure you'll add to the list of things that should amaze, confuse and confound.

Just to clarify, if you had grown up with high school cheerleaders, you'd probably get it. By God, America is a damned great country!

The post office. If you frequent a post office serving a Republican enclave, that's probably akin to Republicans holding a shin-dig in Seattle and spit on the 47% in their speeches without once giving thought to what might be in that special chicken sauce prepared and served to you by that same 47%.

Driving. I was 18 years old driving a '55 Chevy 2-door post along the lake shore drive with pretty girl by my side when it dawned on me that God might actually be real. Too bad you missed the drive-in theater era. Also, the "loop". Every city and town in America had a loop, where every Friday night the high school kids would drive 'round and 'round in their cars, occasionally stopping at whatever fast-food drive-in on the loop was the "in" place, then back to driving.

Want to learn about America? Pack the wife and kids in the car, strap the dog to the roof, and hit the road!

All the best,

a resident marxist trollscumbag

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on May 6, 2014 12:43 PM
5. Nicholas,

May your hemorrhoids shrink without surgery!

Posted by: Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. THERE, FIXED! on May 6, 2014 06:56 PM
6. Ah yes, the stifling hand of government. Where would we be without it? The 1880s?

Posted by: Roger Rabbit on May 6, 2014 08:36 PM
7. @ 3, 4 and 6 are bonafide leftists - take 'em with a grain of salt. This blog is a skewed cross section of Americana. There are also some rightwingers with heads in the clouds and also reasoned conservative/libertarians that hold up the fort. Welcome and bring your open debates and strongly suggest you do not emulate Jim Miller's closed debate (i.e. the debate is over) style.

Posted by: KDS on May 6, 2014 10:11 PM
8. "...do not emulate Jim Miller's closed debate (i.e. the debate is over) style."

Yes, there's no need to limit oneself to just one style of censorship, when this blog contains examples of several. Pudge selectively edits comment threads, including deleting entire comments, not always admitting to having done so. Ron Hebron abruptly closes a thread if he perceives he's losing the debate -- see the thread immediately preceding this one for a great example. Jim Miller frequently did the same, before he just refused to take any and all criticism. Hopefully, Mr. Kerr will have more confidence in his posts than other writers here do.

Posted by: tensor on May 6, 2014 10:37 PM
9. Interesting that some decry censorship, yet they still post here. Not at the TIMES Blog, not at the old PI blog. Most of the serial whiners want to be banned, but they aren't. They usually don't add anything of value, resort to ad homineum attacks, post after post, day after day. It's all the old Goldy folks have left.

Posted by: Smokie on May 7, 2014 06:09 AM
10. So, Nicholas, you say of our USPS, "Meanwhile, the United States Postal Service has just racked up its seventh straight yearly loss, this time to the tune of $5 billion."

I'll assume that you're just ignorant and have no knowledge of the 2006 congressional mandate that the postal service pre-fund future retiree health benefits - 75 years into the future. Show us another business or government agency required to do this. Without that mandate, the postal service makes money. Why do they have to do this? Mostly so people on the right like yourself can misrepresent the situation and talk about a "seventh straight yearly loss, this time to the tune of $5 billion."

"Entering one of its stores is like walking into a shop in eastern Europe during the time of the Soviet Union - long lines, dingy lighting, tatty linoleum floors and surly service await you."

You either haven't been to eastern Europe during the time of the Soviet Union or you haven't been to very many American post offices.

The USPS is as American as apple pie. Hell, Benjamin Franklin was our first Postmaster General. The buildings themselves reflect the public building architecture of the American eras during which they were built, the designs intended to symbolize the power and stability of our nation, not eastern Europe or the Soviet Union.

I've been to many post offices in this country, but not one was as you describe. The post office in my town does not have long lines. The lighting is bright and modern, the floors are not linoleum, nor are they tattered, and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. In our small town the post office is one of the hubs of our community, along with the church and country store.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on May 7, 2014 06:42 PM
11. In your blog rant against solar and wind power, Nicholas, it was all about those poor critters dying, the bats and the birds. How sad! It led to your wanting to end subsdies for solar and power.

"I'm not against wind or solar energy per se. But they should stand on their own, just as all sources of energy should. Let's stop subsidizing and mandating the mass slaughter of our winged friends."

You also had this to say, "However, wind and solar power are sold to voters as "clean" energy." Spot on! Damn the hypocricy!

Bats and birds must be important to you. Understandable, I like them too. No more subsidies! Throw hypocricy into the mix, and damn, it sucks.

Did you know that Sound Politics tries to sell hydropower as "clean" energy to voters?

I'm sure the following will make you weep and to write a post condemning the hypocrisy of hydropower being sold here on Sound Politics as clean energy and that you will call for the elimination of any and all hydropower subsidies.

Dead birds, our winged friends
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/03/army-corps-to-begin-killing-birds/

Dead sea lions
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fisheries/timelines/bonneville_dam_sea_lions_under_siege.html

Salmon species threatened or endangered
http://www.idahorivers.org/protectsalmon/disappearing.aspx

Oops! We won't ever see these critters again.
http://www.internationalrivers.org/blogs/229/dams-and-extinction-going-going-gone

How do you feel about critters, power generation, subsidies and hypocricy now?

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on May 7, 2014 07:13 PM
12. "9. Interesting that some decry censorship, yet they still post here."

We oppose the stifling hand of excess regulation! If you have a problem with that, talk to Mr. Kerr. :-)

"Most of the serial whiners want to be banned..."

Thanks for validating your point about ad hominem attack and no substance. I'm proud that pudge bans me for bringing facts and logic to defeat his groundless assertions, but I'd rather he just admit he was wrong. I doubt anyone taking the time to write a comment wants it to disappear without notice. Hopefully, Mr. Kerr understands the importance of free, open debate.

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