In a week that contained a lot of big political news the biggest story of last week was the reaction to the Las Vegas shootings. Most of us (including Speaker Paul Ryan) learned of a new gun gizmo called the bump stock. Effectively this inexpensive and easily obtainable attachment allows many semi-automatic rifles to fire like an automatic (think: machine gun). Let’s explore. Continue reading Things That Go Bump In DC
Despite reports to the contrary the fate of the dreamers is as unsettled as ever. Let’s explore. Continue reading The DACA Dance
When the Tea Party movement emerged in early 2009 I incorrectly dismissed it. In the long run I will be proven correct in that it will be an asterisk in American history. (I still think it is a shame that the moniker Know Nothings was already taken in American politics. They too ended up being an asterisk.) Admittedly it has lasted longer and had a larger impact than I had anticipated. Today it threatens the long-term viability of the Republican Party. Let’s explore. Continue reading Will The GOP Save Itself?
Recently I complimented the decision and Congress’ action to package three must pass issues into a single bill and pass it. Theoretically that left the rest of September to act on things like renewing the flood insurance program and CHIPs. In the interim an initial aid package for Hurricane Irma relief became a front burner issue. President Trump dumped the DACA mess back into Congress’ lap. The talk you commonly hear is that they have six months to act when in reality Trump’s action starts negatively impacting real people’s lives in October. That is still a lot on the table without ever even considering tax reform or an infrastructure package. Let’s explore how Congress is scheduled to handle this slate. Continue reading Should We Say 12 Days?
Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” line was one of her least well received of the 2016 election. I thought it was in large part accurate. I cannot think of a more appropriate word to use when describing the actions of 107 Congressional Republicans last week. I feel so strongly about this that at the risk of having a somewhat boring and cumbersome to read article I am naming each one of them herein. As Justice Louis Brandeis famously stated, “Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Let’s explore. Continue reading Deplorable Congressional Action