Barack Obama loves blaming the state of our economy on George W. Bush. After all, he's only been in office for half his term. The funny thing about blaming Bush is that Obama has chosen to continue the failed policies of his supposed saboteur's administration, like propping up dying companies, issuing obscene bailouts using money we don't have, and launching entitlement programs we simply can't afford.
Tea Party candidates and their conservative supporters claim that their objective is to restore the founding principles of the Constitution to modern governance. Their rhetoric suggests, however, that they don't understand that the Constitution includes its 27 amendments. In combination, this means our Constitution emphasizes individual rights, limited government and the separation of powers, core elements that have served us well and merit our permanent respect. Ironically, not since 1860 have candidates in an election so intensely invoked these values while threatening their very existence.
For decades I have been accosting total strangers about their electoral choices and have always come away learning something. This year, I staked out a mall on Route 46 in Parsippany, New Jersey while my wife went crafts shopping.
For five decades the rules governing Cuban migration have been dictated by foreign policy concerns. This led officials to define them as refugees, i. e., individuals who had to escape their homeland because of a well-founded fear of persecution. Today, the social and political conditions Cubans face are not obviously more dire than those faced by citizens in other major immigrant sending states.
The power of the November 2nd ballot measure and the voters' ability to opine on issues like term limits and transparency will be dramatically reduced by the fact that they will have to know to flip over the ballot to cast their vote. The questions will be in small print on the back of the ballot.
Writing in the Daily Caller yesterday, Dorian Davis blames Sarah Palin for Republicans likely not capturing the Senate on Tuesday. This is amazing for several reasons. For one thing, it hasn't happened yet: this might be the first time Sarah Palin is blamed for something that only may happen.
On Monday, President Obama said in a radio interview on Univision that he would push for overhaul of our immigration policies after the midterms. Some strategists have argued that this is the best way for the Democrats in to shore up its base and divide the Republicans before the 2012 presidential race.
For months now, everyone has been asking, “Has Obama abandoned his base?” And with the midterms a week away, reliable leftists like Christopher Hayes of The Nation are ramping up the rhetoric, writing all about “Obama’s Forgotten Base."
But this is American politics, not some sort of sideshow. Nothing important happens overnight. Instead of expecting an 24-month miracle, after eight years of marching to the beat of a very different (and in this writer's opinion, disastrous) drummer, perhaps we should be asking: Is the base abandoning Obama? And, if so, Why?
To be effective, immigration policy must be designed in collaboration with immigrant-sending states. Otherwise, reforms will result in little more than maintaining the array of punitive measures that dominate how we deal with immigrants currently.
2010 has been a bad year for campaign finance reformers. Independent groups spent millions on ads without disclosing their donors. Self-funders like Linda McMahon and Carly Fiorina spent millions on personal attacks that have done nothing to make our political system better.
The GOP is currently favored to win 50 House seats. Why are Americans leaning Republican so heavily in this election? It couldn't be because their president rammed through an unpopular and costly health-care bill. It's not possible it's because the unemployment rate keeps rising despite the government pouring money we don't have into "saving or creating" jobs. Surely it's not because their president keeps insulting them and letting them know that if you don't support the Obama agenda, you're just not thinking clearly you gun-clinging rubes!
From the outset of Stucknation, I have tried to identify the ways in which our economy is stuck and ways we can get it "unstuck." I know it has to do with losing the personae of powerless "victims" of a macro economy increasingly stacked against us. It seems simple enough: consume less, save and produce more. But how do we do that in an increasingly global, integrated economy?
The nation needs a new immigration policy. In a way, pro-immigrant advocates may owe Arizona a vote of thanks. Because of that state’s recent attempt to create new policy on its own, the unexpected positive benefit is that conditions are now favorable to confronting this problem.
In a year when so many "safe" seats seem to be in play, it figures that this is the state of the Republican party in New York: The guy who sends around bestiality cartoons and says gay people don't have a valid life? That guy everyone knows. The two men with credentials, strong positions on the issues, clean campaigns and just the one family each? They barely get mentioned.
As of the NAACP’s recent report on racism in the Tea Party, the media is again abuzz with concern that bigotry is a prime motivator of the movement. We are also being told that the wise American today should worry about a new onslaught of racism.
I doubt both claims. What should depress us most about the Tea Partiers is that they, complete with racist freeloaders as well as an airheaded tantrum masquerading as a political ideology, may never be going away.
New York start-ups are receiving more and more support from early stage investment firms and start-up incubators. This quarter they received $335 million from venture capital firms, with eighty-three deals getting funding.
Not only is the private sectors eyes opening up to the possibility of our city as the next innovation center, so is the city government.