Politics

We will solve our gun violence problem

Conventional wisdom is that the United States can never solve its problem of gun violence. But it was conventional wisdom that we’d never end slavery, allow women to vote, enact civil rights laws, reduce pollution, prohibit smoking in public, elect a Catholic or black President, or allow gay people to marry. Fundamental change often takes generations. We must do our part to advance the discu... »

A difference in values

The Daily Herald published my letter to the editor about the difference between President Obama’s proposal to narrow the budget deficit and the Republicans’ plan. Some of the comments posted on the Herald’s website are from the usual right-wing cranks, but there are some pretty intelligent ones, too. Feel free to add yours. http://ow.ly/g7VSU »

A decisive victory

President Obama won reelection with 62% of the votes in the Electoral College. He won 26 states and the District of Columbia, representing 64% of the population. He won the popular vote by more than 4 million votes. He won more popular votes than any Democratic candidate in history (other than Obama in 2008). That’s a decisive victory. So if anyone tells you the election was “close,... »

We must make government work

  “This is not the time to give up on Washington. Now is the time to prove that our political processes work.” Rachel Maddow. She’s right. Republicans want us to give in to cynicism, to believe there’s no hope, and to accept their dismal view of the future. Remember the scene in Star Wars where Darth Vader urges Luke to give in to his hatred and to come over too the da... »

I was (mostly) right about Obamacare

The Supreme Court issued its decision this morning upholding almost all of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). I haven’t read it all, but I’ve read major parts of it. Contrary to my prediction (see my blog post of June 26th), they upheld the individual mandate as a tax and not as regulation of interstate commerce, and Justice Kennedy joined the dissenters and not the maj... »

Why I think the Supreme Court will uphold Obamacare

The Supreme Court will decide Thursday whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Conventional wisdom is that the Court will declare the ACA (or at least the individual mandate) unconstitutional. Here’s why I think they’re wrong. Since the 1930s, the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress can exercise control over anything that affects interstate commerce. Health care affects in... »

How the Obama campaign really works

Rolling Stone recently ran a very fair and accurate article about how the Obama campaign is operating. Hope 2.0: Inside Obama’s Campaign. It tells you a lot about the campaign’s strategy and the critical role of neighborhood volunteer teams. »

What President Obama has accomplished

The Washington Monthly is an excellent, small magazine. I’ve been a subscriber for more than 30 years. In 2008, my wife and I had the pleasure of lunch with Charles Peters, the founder of the magazine, who worked for President Kennedy. Paul Glastris, who is now the editor in chief, had an excellent article on what President Obama has accomplished. The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama. Th... »

Young voters, women, and minorities are the key to Democratic success

Every four years, the electorate gets younger. Most young voters are openminded and see no reason to discriminate against anyone based on race, sex, or gender preference. They replace older voters, who generally are less open to change. Here’s an article that shows just how Democratic young voters are: Winning Campaigns : Learn From The Experts Articles : What We Know About Young Voters. The... »

Why Ron Paul is Wrong About Almost Everything

Ron Paul appeals to some voters because he seems to be genuine and consistent in his views. He’s not as consistent as he seems. And his policies would have disastrous consequences if he ever had an opportunity to implement them. Following are some core principles of Ron Paul, which I’ve taken from a Wikipedia article entitled “Political Principles of Ron Paul”. “The proper role for gov... »

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