Call Your Senators: Support the Paul-Booker Amendment to End the War on Medical Marijuana

By: Friday June 20, 2014 10:27 am

As my colleague Jon reported yesterday, Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker will introduce an amendment blocking the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to crack down on state medical marijuana programs. Please call your senators to support the Paul-Booker Amendment ending the federal war on medical marijuana. We have phone numbers and a sample [...]

Why it Especially Important Representatives Hear from their Constituents on Lower Profile Issues

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 9:28 am

They are many reasons why bad and unpopular government policies persist. Corruption, partisan game playing, political strategy, and ideological disagreements are the ones that tend to get the most attention but often a cause is pure ignorance combined with Congress’s built-in status quo bias. Congress deals with thousands of issues so members can’t stay abreast [...]

The Myth of the Toothless President

By: Monday July 2, 2012 1:26 pm

There are few things that frustrate me more about political writing than reporters helping to promote the myth of powerless top government officials. It most commonly takes the form of the false claim that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass anything.  Or it’s the insistence that the President wants to do something, [...]

The Smoke and Mirrors of the Legalization Debate

By: Friday April 27, 2012 2:33 pm

Some people think that the push for the legalization of marijuana is backed mostly by marijuana smokers.   This is because the mainstream media and the Obama Administration frame the discussion as a subculture issue (ex. Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Sublime fans vs. “normal” people).  Don’t be fooled.   Legalization is not about a subculture, it [...]

There Is No Super Secret Obama Waiting for 2013

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 12:26 pm

I want to give the same piece of advice to some apparently delusional people who both oppose and support President Obama: there is no super secret Obama 3.0 just waiting until after the election to strike. Apparently this delusional belief that some secret Obama, way better or way worse than today, will magically emerge in [...]

Andrew Sullivan Finally Does the Bare Minimum Research About Obama’s Marijuana Position

By: Friday February 17, 2012 10:45 am

Amazing what a difference a month makes. Andrew Sullivan, at long last, pulled his head out of the sand and did the absolute bare minimum of research about Obama’s marijuana policy before writing about it. Just last month Sullivan praised Obama for somehow helping to advance the cause of marijuana legalization despite the fact that [...]

Obama Has Proven to Be an Adamant Opponent of Marijuana Reform

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 10:27 am

Andrew Sullivan is still trying to defend his absurd claim that Obama somehow deserves credit for growing support for marijuana legalization.  In fact, though, while the decades long trend towards greater support for marijuana legalization hasn’t stopped since Obama took office, it has continued despite the Obama Administration’s overt opposition. From Sullivan’s response: Oh please. [...]

Andrew Sullivan Believes Obama Even Deserves Credit for Things Obama Opposes

By: Monday January 16, 2012 1:02 pm

Andrew Sullivan attempts to mount a defense of President Obama’s record from the standpoint of achieving liberal objectives.   But on some key items, he gets the President’s record and positions wrong, even backwards. Sullivan starts by declaring that Obama’s critics from both the left and right are unhinged from reality.  He then goes on [...]

Plan B Reminder: Obama Controls the Executive Branch at All Levels

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 8:59 am

Yesterday the United States Department of Health and Human Services did something extraordinary. For the first time ever, the HHS secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration. After a careful, lengthy and scientific review, the FDA came to the conclusion that the emergency contraceptive, Plan B, should be available over the counter. In what [...]

Obama Has a ‘Jobs Plan’ but He’s Actually Pursuing Anti-Jobs Actions

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 9:11 am

Over the past few weeks President Obama has been traveling the country championing his doomed America Jobs Act as his plan to address the jobs crisis. But during the same time Obama has been publicly flogging this dead show bill, his administration was actually implementing policies and pushing legislation through Congress that will destroy tens [...]