Never mind the decades of gibberish we have been subjected to about "tax cuts increase revenue to the government" and "low taxes means more jobs" and "pro-growth policies" and "government takes money out of the economy" and "tax cuts hurt growth" and "taxes are theft."
One of the most fascinating aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign is the rise of two outsider candidates: Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican billionaire Donald Trump.
Carson's poll surge, though, does show that he's got the eye and ear of legions of GOP rank and file voters. And in a season when voters again seem sick of the business as usual political crowd in Washington, and want some real excitement on the political stump, Carson may have more shelf life than he deserves.
Lost in the short-term attention commanded by Donald Trump in the first Republican primary debate was a long-term problem for the party, created by questions that compelled the candidates to take positions at odds with a majority of Americans. While the debate questions were smart and sharp, they were also predicated on many conservative litmus tests. When the subjects of abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration and religion were aired, they elicited responses that, while pleasing to a core constituency, will be a tough sell in the general election. Adherents can get their news in a manner that validates their beliefs, notwithstanding that the objective of those outlets is to draw clicks from adherents based on controversy that would not exist in a world of compromise.
So why would anyone be crazy enough to spend significant time with someone on the other side of the political fence? Why funny you should ask...
If you watched the GOP debate this past week that netted 24 million viewers for Fox News, or even read about it, you probably know who the real winner was: not any of the candidates on the stage but one of the moderators, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
By larding up their Iowa teams with the historically subsidized and by endorsing crop insurance, Bush and Walker are trying to split the difference between looking conservative while appealing to Iowa primary voters.
Left-leaning historians and high school social studies teachers are furious over the announced changes in curriculum for Advanced Placement United States History classes. They charge College Board succumbed to political pressure from the right, and of course they are correct.
Duke Energy, which receives over $898 million in subsidies (nearly twice the federal funds allocated for Planned Parenthood) illegally dumped tens of millions of gallons of polluted waste water. All told, they pled guilty to nine violations yet no action was taken on Capitol Hill to limit their corporate welfare.
Moving among wildlife and experiencing the outdoors are favorite vacation motivators for me, and knowing this adventure would be special, I invited my 12-year old granddaughter to accompany me to make for a cross-generational experience.
Bernie Sanders can win--not just the primary, but the general. Democrats should back him, and ignore the arguments made by Barney Frank and others, who say giving Hillary the nod early is the only hope for victory in 2016.
Jon McNaughton is a highly controversial artist -- to say the least. His paintings range from landscapes of the Italian countryside, to images of Jesus holding the Constitution or a nuclear bomb detonating behind President Obama while he plays golf.
Trump will be around for a while. And it's clear that Donald Trump is the candidate Republicans deserve.
Those in the political bridge-building community are often quick to assume that the need for more civility is something 'most Americans' readily appreciate. Even though we're worried about political tensions, for different reasons we're just not going to do anything about it?
Racism, child labor, poverty, gender inequality and homophobia are not phenomena of the 21st century. They are our history. Over the past 5 or 6 decades the doors to these parts of our reality were kicked open and folks like those in Monday's focus group and forum audience don't want to look.
The most pressing threat to constitutionally limited government today is not "judicial activism" but reflexive judicial deference to the political branches.