- Solomon Kleinsmith describes why partisans love a good conspiracy.
As society continues to move in the direction of acceptance, older folks will likely shift that way slowly, older generations that are less accepting will (pardon the frankness) die off, and younger generations that are even more accepting will grow up and assert their beliefs more aggressively on the political stage. By the looks of things, this may take a generation, but there is no sign that this trend is abating.
— Solomon Kleinsmith on gay marriage momentum.
The GOP did in fact vote for a bill that, had it passed, really would have weakened Medicare. But groups like MoveOn are so out there that they can't even let themselves not grossly inflate something that they have the political high ground on.
-Solomon Kleinsmith, on how both parties' gross exaggerations can undermine their message.
Far from the budget champion Obama appears to want to be seen as, Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Saxby Chamblis, the two that head up the Gang of Six, are among the real heroes in the war against fiscal insanity.
- Solomon Kleinsmith, on the downsides to President Obama's signature leadership style
Frankly, I don’t think either party wants to push for something that would actually do a better job of finding out if people applying for jobs are doing so illegally. The GOP is pushing for E-Verify to be mandatory, but it is easy to get around. The Democrats don’t even want that.
-Solomon Kleinsmith, calling for a comprehensive system immigration tracking program
The Democrats were the less honest actors through much of the run up to last weekend's passage of a federal budget compromise. They had the votes to pass a budget several months ago, before the midterms, but chose not to because of perceived electoral risks.
They balked at an early deal from some of the less extreme Republicans for a thirty something billion package of cuts, then, when the more extreme Tea Party types pushed the GOP to bump that up into the 60s, the Democrats responded by saying they would meet them halfway... with about ten billion in cuts.
I stopped by Borders the other day, and picked up a book I had been meaning to read called 'The Political Brain', by Drew Weston. In the introduction to the book, Weston talks about an experiment he did in the run up to the 2004 election. Openly partisan test subjects were shown glaring examples where a politician made contradictory statements, and asked to rate how contradictory they thought those statements were.
Unsurprisingly, the subjects that were of the same variety of partisan as the politician in question were significantly more likely to explain away their unethical behavior, with the mirror opposite being the case with the figure on the other side of the aisle.
If something is legal, does it make it right?
That's the question that lies at the bottom of this firestorm over General Electric's lack of paying any taxes, even though it made a $5.1 billion dollar profit last year.
-- Solomon Kleinsmith on the budget impasse in Washington
-- Solomon Kleinsmith, on the way to win allies in Arab countries
"The $2.3 trillion discrepancy is made up of much more rosy assumptions on the part of the President's analysis... None of this is in line with the president's fiscal responsability talking points in recent months."
-- Solomon Kleinsmith
For a moderate like Jon Huntsman, to have any kind of chance of winning the Republican nomination, a whole lot of things have to go for him. The more ideologically pure base has to split between at least two major rivals, a sizable portion of rank-and-file types have to be convinced that he is the best (or only) shot they have of defeating Obama in the general election, and he's got to rack up big wins in open primary states.
That last point is where the rubber hits the road, and if Huntsman, who also serves as the current U.S. ambassador to China, doesn't win big in the first open primary state, New Hampshire, his campaign might as well pack up and go home to Utah.
Really, it should have been obvious that the only segment under the Democrats' tent that had it in them to spark a movement would be the unions.
-- Solomon Kleinsmith
There is no shortage of people who are willing to pretend they know what Obama "really" isn't getting his hands dirty in this debate, but what is clear is he just isn't willing to use the power of the bully pulpit to help on this extremely important issue.
Just as hypocritical as it was for Republican constituency groups to complain about the way the healthcare bill was passed last year, the ideological perspective of the most well-known liberal organization in the country has conveniently forgotten its own position from just last year.
It's almost as if President Obama asked his advisers what the worst way he could implement immigration enforcement rules would be... and then took that advice.
I understand the logic behind the legal challenges that political parties have to primary rules allowing independents - and sometimes registered members of other parties - from voting in their primaries. While there really has never been any evidence that outside efforts have led to sabotaging of primary elections, there certainly is evidence that they've led to different candidates getting elected.
There are giant college funds for blacks, Latinos and Native Americans. There are scholarships for women. There are scholarships for black, Latino and Native American women. Some college kid in Texas raises a few thousand dollars to give to low income white guys... and this is controversial?