Mon, 23 February 2015
Just a short time ago, Republicans filibustered everything, and Democrats protested.
Now, news outlets can report that Republicans want to end the filibuster, while Democrats are willing to use it. It fits nicely into the new journalistic ethic of balance over documented fact. It also fits the pox-on-all-houses sub-narrative that appeals to a cynical public. Everyone is a hypocrite, and balance is maintained.
Do mainstream outlets have it right this time?
Wed, 28 January 2015
Forget Trickle Down economics.
The Laffer Curve hasn't worked out.
Supply Side has pretty much ruined Kansas.
The newest Republican economic theory comes from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
It has lifted Mississippi from the worst economy in the nation to ... well ... the second worst.
It is now proposed by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Expect to hear it often as Republicans look for a way to explain the new Obama economic boom.
It's the only way conservatives can look at the economic world and remain conservative.
Mon, 26 January 2015
Republicans put into place, as chairman of a Civil Rights subcommittee, a Senator hostile to Civil Rights.
Then they changed the name, and the purpose, of the committee.
It no longer will have anything to do with Civil Rights.
The change is symbolic.
The change is substantive.
The change confirms the new direction of a political party.
Wed, 21 January 2015
There was a time, not that long ago, when the primary conservative smear was that opponents possessed no patriotism.
Now a Republican Congress routinely votes to deny American combat troops ammunition and supplies.
Legislative leaders threaten to close down American security from terrorism.
The idea of pride in America seemed to fade when the image of the nation came to include President Obama.
Wed, 7 January 2015
Over dinner, Arthur Laffer showed off his napkin to Republican leaders.
It became the ultimate free lunch. Cutting taxes would generate more income for government to use on behalf of all of us for bridges, police, natural disasters, and soldiers.
Four decades later, Kansas was the perfect state laboratory in a great experiment that would prove once and for all that Supply Side economics works.
Laffer's napkin had come a long way. Then the economic house tumbled down in Topeka.
Thu, 4 December 2014
Sometimes important lessons from world developments; conflict with Russia, deadly battles with the self-styled Islamic State, the medical threat from Ebola; become clear only in later months or years.
But Republicans have taught us one unifying lesson from all of these issues. That lesson hasn't taken long at all.
Tue, 25 November 2014
Senator Inhofe swore Benghazi would go down as the biggest coverup in history. Impeachment was on the table.
Chairman Issa was insistent. The American public was deliberately misled. Talking points had been changed by the administration.
Senator Graham said he knew for a fact that witnesses were being forced into silence.
One Republican after another condemned the lying, the coverup.
Fox News reported, and let viewers decide, about why administration explanations were unraveling in a very public way.
But a Republican investigation reveals that there was no coverup, that the American public was not misled, that talking points were not changed for political purposes, that no employees were told not to talk, that there was no scandal, none.
Now that they know the truth, conservatives will certainly do the right thing.
Wed, 19 November 2014
It seemed like the perfect crime. So complex, nobody outside the conspiracy could understand it. And, just in case, the entire nation held hostage. Rescue us or everybody's home gets burned to the ground.
But someone has come into our lives who makes it just clear enough. Maybe we can bring a few of the hostage takers to justice after all.
Mon, 17 November 2014
It hardly seems like the sort of move any President would make right after losing the Senate and watching the opposition majority in the House go up even more.
But imagine the result if the President not only directs immigration reform by executive order, but goes farther than anyone thinks will happen.
Suppose, on top of that, the President directs some very tough words at those who criticize his executive order.
Here's a prediction. We will be reading about that precise event as Congress fails to act.
Wed, 5 November 2014
In 1993, Prime Minister John Major used his unpopularity in Britain to force opponents to ratify the European Union.
In 1980, Jimmy Carter used his unpopularity in America to force Iran into releasing hostages and paying reparations.
President Obama may have a chance to use his losses in the Senate to force Iran to accept a nuclear agreement Iran does not like and Republicans hate.