The Problem With Gridlock is You Can’t Threaten More Gridlock, John Boehner

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:31 am

If a party controls one house of Congress and decides to take a stand of total opposition to the President they can easily deny the White House any legislative victories. It can be a very effective tactic forĀ  making a President look weak. The big drawback of this strategy is that they also lose any [...]

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 10:16 am

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the [...]

Obama Doesn’t Make Pathway to Citizenship a Must-Have

By: Friday January 31, 2014 10:37 am

President Obama is going out of his way to get an immigration reform deal by scaling back his ambitions. During an interview with Jake Tapper, Obama refused to say he would veto a bill without a pathway to citizenship. While Obama made it clear he thinks it is important, he didn’t draw a line in [...]

Reid Shows We Could Have Gotten Immigration Reform, a Second Stimulus, Public Option, Etc

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:39 am

History was just made in the Senate, but it happened so fast you might have missed it. After finally getting tired of Republican’s unprecedented filibustering of judicial nominees the Democrats used the nuclear option. They have officially gotten rid of filibuster for nominees and are now approving them with simply majority vote. The entire thing [...]

The Super Simple Plan to Keep the US Economy Larger Than China’s

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 10:00 am

When reading stories about the growth of the Chinese economy, I often run into two extremely weird narratives. One is claims that the Chinese leadership has somehow magically found a formula for growth our feeble democracy could never match. The other is fear mongering that China is now an unstoppable economic powerhouse which is destined [...]

When Politicians Do the “Right” Thing: Obama and Emanuel

By: Monday June 18, 2012 10:25 am

Recently President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel each did the right thing on different issues. They adopted two policies that I support, because I believe they are better for society and advance progressive goals. Last week Obama used his executive power to further the DREAM Act policy regarding undocumented children, and Emanuel came out [...]

Net Immigration From Mexico Now About Zero

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 9:37 am

Immigration from Mexico is down significantly thanks in large part to the poor economy in the United States. According to new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, recent net migration from Mexico is now zero. From the report’s key findings: In the five-year period from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the [...]

Social Security Can Be Affected by Making More Working Americans

By: Monday April 23, 2012 9:20 am

There are roughly 150 million adults around the world that want to become Americans according to Gallup. I think this is worth pointing out, because the annual Social Security Trust Fund report should be released today. As a result there will likely be much hyperventilating about how the Social Security trust fund is projected to [...]

We Can Always Create New Americans

By: Friday July 15, 2011 2:22 pm

In all the “serious” talk about the deficit, the Social Security Trust Fund and long term budget projections a key point that is always overlooked is that the number of American citizens is a variable that can be changed dramatically by our government’s policies choices. Writers, politicians and pundits often point the demographic projection to [...]

Morning Joe: Either White House Got Played on DADT, or They Lied

By: Monday October 4, 2010 7:06 am

I was on Morning Joe talking about the White House campaign to silence its critics and set them up as scapegoats for Democratic losses in November. Joe Scarborough asked me why people on the left are upset, and I said it’s because people don’t like it when the President says one thing and does another. [...]

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