Bruce Ramsey

Bruce Ramsey was a business reporter and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the 1980s and 1990s and from 2000 to his retirement in 2013 was an editorial writer and columnist for the Seattle Times. He is the author of The Panic of 1893: The Untold Story of Washington State’s first Depression, and is at work on a history of Seattle in the 1930s. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne.

Why I Am Unimpressed by Trump’s Felony Conviction

What should we think about these transactions between consenting adults? Paying a person not to talk is not, in itself, unlawful. I can think of some names for Daniels’ opportunism. But nobody cares what she did.

High Interest Rates? A Little Historical Perspective, Please!

To an older person, today’s “high” rates are what’s normal.

Out of Options: Libertarians in the Age of Trump

The Libertarians’ slogan, painted in big letters on the wall behind Trump, was “Become Ungovernable.” And they were.

Electric Plug-in Vehicle Sales Flourish in Democratic States. Here’s Why

The strong-EV states are all voting Democrat; the weak-EV states all favor Republicans.

Juicing Washington’s EV Sales: The State Tries Giving Money Away

In the new state program EV customers will not have to verify adjusted gross income. To say their income qualifies — “attest” is the state’s word — will be good enough. No clawback when caught lying, by the way.

Spain Reconsidered: The Pact of Forgetting

I asked the guide why the tour showed nothing of Franco. “We don’t like to think about him,” she said. Indeed, after Franco died, and the dictatorship ended, the parties of the left and the right made a deal called the Pacto del Olvido, the Pact of Forgetting.

Adding up the Math for Seattle Social Housing

It’s a fetching idea, but people who know public housing say the arithmetic doesn’t work. The profits from renting to the middle class would be too small to support the poor, unless you have lots and lots of middle-class people and only a handful of poor.

Chris Vance’s New Book: Battle Cry for Republican Revolt

Right now,” he says, “there’s only one litmus test: Are you loyal to the Orange Jesus?”

Reality Check: No National Recession, But Seattle Economy is Ringing Alarms

So – are we in a recession? Officially, no, at least not yet. But for several industries, especially tech, the office market, much of retail, and now aerospace, it feels very much like a coming-down.

Understanding Gig Harbor’s Christopher Rufo, Right-Wing ‘Brawler’

The takedown of Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard University, is a cultural event of the first order. And the man behind it, conservative journalist and activist Christopher Rufo, lives in deep blue Washington.