Monday Morning Politics: Molly Ball

Monday, July 22, 2013

Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, talks about the future of immigration reform, and what the bill's uncertain fate in Congress might mean for the future of the GOP.

Comments [8]

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Obama is a racially divisive, disturbed individual.

His only idea for maintaining relevance is to fan hatred among the identity groups that his party needs to keep segregated in order to get votes ... using race, class, ethinicity, gender, gender preference, youth and anyhing else that they can invent to invite a sense of victimhood.

The man is a pathetic fool.

Jul. 22 2013 01:09 PM

Everyone seems to be talking about the bailout, but nobody is focusing on how Detroit became insolvent. I simply do not understand how Detroit can end up like this. Certainly there must be financial health thresholds detailed in monthly reports that are provided to the federal government, and if Detroit was trending towards bankruptcy then something could have been PROACTIVELY done about it.

City financing is complicated, but the underlying premise is quite simple: ensure that you have sufficient revenue to offset expenses (wages, pensions, infrastructure agencies, etc). If you don't have sufficient revenue, you have to borrow. Yet you have to have an action plan to not only pay back what you've borrowed, but also shrink the recurring debt. If this can't be done, then bankruptcy is certain.

The automotive bailout was a huge opportunity cost to the federal government, in money given without any interest (or seriously below market interest rates). Restoring them also meant a boost for Detroit in the continuation of jobs. If they hadn't been bailed out, the city would have gone bankrupt. But to "walk away" once the American auto companies bounced back without any attention to putting Detroit on a path to financial well being was just outright irresponsible.

Jul. 22 2013 10:47 AM
John from Wantagh from Wantagh, NY

Your immigration commenters have a great give and take going today - but please, will someone call out those anti-immigrant voices who repeatedly get away with comparing reform efforts to "those already waiting in line."
Those "waiters" (no pun intended) are waiting because the current US immigration system...
is in need of reform because it stinks.

The last thing we need is division and stirring up animosities among all new immigrants.

Jul. 22 2013 10:28 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Ms. Ball said the perception of the Republican Party as being made up of "old white men" hurts it w/Latinos, young people, & other minorities. I'm surprised she didn't mention women, esp. w/the Republicans' attempts to overturn legislation protecting women's rights. There's been a gender gap for a long time, even before the Tea Party.

Jul. 22 2013 10:28 AM
antonio from baySide

I would only bailout the public infrastructure, because to me that's the role of government. Once the streetcars, fire department and roads are online, i'd bet all the corporations would begin to flock, especially since the prices are so low real estate wise.

Jul. 22 2013 10:22 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

"That's true."

Molly's response to Brian pointing out that the House is fundamentally undemocratic and that the Speaker of the House party got fewer votes than the Democrats. GOP gerrymandering post 2010 Census has turned the concept of representative democracy on its head. If democracy matters to us, we need to fix this.

Jul. 22 2013 10:18 AM

Obama’s decision to discuss the Trayvon Martin case and race in America at Friday’s WH press briefing was outrageous, despicable, and reprehensible for many reasons.

1. Obama’s remarks constituted a direct and flagrant violation of his own pledge to refrain from discussing the Martin case after a verdict had been reached. Within minutes of announcing the not guilty verdict, tv news anchors read a WH press release stating that Obama would have no further comments on the case.

2. Obama has no business commenting on the Martin case because it’s a local story. The fact that DOJ is considering a civil rts violation charge against Zimmerman makes it especially imperative that Obama not be seen as trying to influence DOJ’s decision.

3. Obama has become a polarizing and divisive figure for millions of Americans so it’s impossible for him to raise a hot button issue like race without being seen as playing the race card and stoking the grievances of his African American supporters.

4. Obama’s remarks about the Martin case and race in general were breathtakingly banal, totally predictable, and divisive because they offered no olive branches to supporters of the Zimmerman verdict.

5. Obama’s plate is already full (ie immigration reform, climate change, Syria, Egypt, Iran, etc) so it’s extremely foolish of him to wade into a discussion about Trayvon Martin and race when he’s not even seen as an honest broker on the subject by nearly half of the electorate.

Instead of pontificating about Trayon Martn’s shooting and perceptions about race, Obama should get to work on the aforementioned items including bringing Edward Snowden back home to stand trial.

Jul. 22 2013 10:11 AM
Robert from NYC

John Bonehead is an idiot, the stupidest Speaker of the House in history. He's incompetent and unaware. The scary thing is he's 3 steps away from becoming president. Be afraid and triple the security around the president and vice president to make sure that does not happen.

Jul. 22 2013 10:09 AM

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