Tag: Politics & Policy

Shaking Down the Rich Is Bad for Democracy

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Iowa, August 9, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)The more citizens believe that a small group of undeserving wealthy people are denying them nice things, the uglier our politics will become.

Forget whether the math works. (It doesn’t.) Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy.

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Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude

(Pixabay)In turning out woke and broke graduates, they have a lot to answer for.

What do widely diverse crises such as declining demography, increasing indebtedness, Generation Z’s indifference to religion and patriotism, static rates of home ownership, and a national epidemic of ignorance about American history and traditions all have in common?

In a word, 21st-century higher education.

A pernicious cycle begins even before a student enrolls.

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Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the One Iowa and GLAAD LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 20, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters)The Democratic candidate knows that stories of insurance being withdrawn are not illustrative examples of a serious problem.

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a story-telling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires.

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In Syria Withdrawal, Trump Wings It — as Usual

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president continues to make up his foreign policy as he goes along.

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander-in-chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame.

Even if you think the Iraq War was a catastrophic blunder, it wasn’t immediately and universally recognizable as such.

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The NBA’s Cowardly Response to China

Staff members clean the court floor before an NBA exhibition game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, October 10, 2019. (Stringer/Reuters)The league says it won’t compromise on its values, even as it makes clear that it has none.

The NBA says it won’t compromise on its values, even as the league makes it clear it has none.

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How Trump’s Effort to Damage Biden Could Backfire Badly

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, September 9, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters)The president may have just given his Democratic rival a political lifeline at a critical moment in the 2020 campaign.

Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected?

Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.

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Keep It Steady and Cool with Iran, America

Iranian armed forces members march during the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2019. (Official Iranian President website/Handout via Reuters)And keep pumping that American oil and gas.

Expect more desperate Iranian efforts to prompt a U.S. military response in the Persian Gulf. Trump’s sanctions have cut off 90 percent of Iran’s oil revenues.

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The Death of American Citizenship

Migrants from Honduras approach the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, December 26, 2018. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)Open borders and sanctuary cities are blurring the distinction between illegal immigrants and Americans, and activist judges are eroding the Bill of Rights.

The American Founders institutionalized the best of a long Western tradition of representative government, with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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Climate Change Is a Real Concern — Not an Existential Crisis

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the 2019 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention in Altoona, Iowa, August 21, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)The idea that all life on this planet is in jeopardy if America doesn’t wean itself from fossil fuels is just hyperbole.

‘Climate change is an existential crisis,” Senator Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN’s interminable townhall event on the topic with ten Democratic presidential candidates.

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