We do not follow a parliamentary system of government like Australia, of course, but our situations are otherwise not dissimilar. In both countries, the lower house of the legislature has a clear and virtually impregnable majority.
Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.
The Internet is replete with apologias for the rich. They are thinly sourced and even less well-thought. The goal is simple: to justify the unjustifiable chasm between the rich and poor, globally and within our nation. But the irony is that, rather than being better than the rest of us, in many ways the rich are worse.
Officially, the recession ended five years ago. But there's something the financial newscasters don't tell you: Unless you're rich, those numbers don't apply to you.
We appear now to be in a period of perpetually slender majorities.The American Congress is more or less split and will still be after this November's mid-terms, regardless of the technical outcome. Maybe it's not about victory... or policy... Maybe we need the "great innovation" that works regardless of division.
Mid-term elections are the constitutionally-mandated pause that refreshes in our political system. There is a broad, anti-Washington sentiment among the public today. Congress is down to single digits in the public opinion polls. Little has been accomplished on Capitol Hill and the public knows it.
As we face a plague that could spread with the scale and devastation of AIDS, Congress is once again playing partisan and petty politics.
Millions of Americans are frustrated by the Obama Administration. This movement is largely defined as the "Tea Party movement" but there are millions of other Americans that would simply describe themselves as disgruntled with the Administration as we go into the 2014 elections.
Four FEC Commissioners last week provided yet another example of the urgent need to replace the FEC with a real campaign enforcement and oversight agency.
The past week was a busy one out on the various campaign trails, as many candidates participated in televised debates. There were no monumental gaffes or screwups (so far) in these debates -- at least, not ones that gained national attention.
The growth of the American and global economies are the underlying drivers for most all equity investments. A clear discipline, dogged research, and dispassionate assessment are an investor's best friends.
Like it or not, Guantanamo will be with us for a long time -- or, at the very least, until Obama marches with his successor down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2016 inauguration.
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It does seem a bit ridiculous, doesn't it? That we still have to fight for voting rights, fight against laws that seek to suppress the vote, laws that will have a disproportionate impact on those Americans who -- had they been of voting age before 1965 -- would likely have been barred because of their race?
Regardless of how successful protests like the one in Ferguson are at changing public opinion, the best way to combat the systemic inequality that plagues all levels of government is to vote.
In the current election campaign, Republicans are organizing their message around a theme of fear. That is hardly surprising given scientific evidence that the brains of conservatives are more strongly reactive to threats.