While the politics of cutting Social Security are bad, it also doesn't make much sense as policy. From a policy standpoint it would make far more sense to tax Wall Street speculation.
There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.
Photo Credit: Youth Radio Jake McDonnell is a teacher at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif. By: Robyn Gee As gun control remains near the to...
Whether children are inexcusably exposed to gun violence or chronically hungry or unable to access an early childhood education center, they are not being given a fair chance to succeed in America. And that, it seems, is not OK with the president.
While meaningful gun control legislation might not prevent another Newtown, it will dramatically decrease the likelihood of it. The real solution must be inclusive and not exclusive of any of the affected constituencies (aka all of us).
Given that I'm required to pass an exam to show I'm competent to drive my car, I feel I could and should be required to pass a similar competency test to own my guns. Unfortunately that level of regulation is not likely to happen any time soon.
Well-meaning, generally thoughtful politicians are actually proposing -- with straight faces -- that we put $50 million towards transforming schools into gulags. And why? So that the grownups can be free to stockpile weapons against tyranny.
The fiscal-cliff deal was far from perfect -- but don't sniff at a serious surrender from the GOP. ...
While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.
Americans believe their government should help when necessary. When the task is too big for a couple of Joes to achieve, Americans want their government to step up. Republicans just don't get this.
We are going to use our Friday Talking Points this week to point out why this deal is not just a pretty darn good one, but actually downright historic.
I fondly recall learning to shoot a .22 rifle at Boy Scout camp oh those many years ago. I've had little direct experience with guns since then. But I do not write to you today as an anti-gun polemicist.
On one point we can all agree: No civilized person supports or approves of the negligent misuse, the intentional criminal use nor the deranged psychopathic use and access to guns, knives, explosives or any other potentially lethal product.
We cannot change the past. We cannot bring back to life a single murdered child. But all of us, regardless of party affiliation or political orientation, can and must do everything in our collective power to stop the carnage of our children in the future.
I know that Hagel supports solid legal protections for gay families and is personally supportive of gays and lesbians. How do I know this? Because I'm a national-security wonk who happens to be gay and who happens to have interacted with and followed Chuck Hagel for years.
On March 17, 1990, I signed the nation's toughest ban on assault rifles into law. Almost immediately, the National Rifle Association and others in the...