Republicans like McConnell love to talk about bureaucrats gumming up the works. But what they really want is to get government out of the business of protecting consumers and workers from unscrupulous corporations, too many of whom will take every chance they get to maximize profits without concern for the dangers those risks pose to the rest of us.
This week, Hillary Clinton took on the war against voting. In a speech on Thursday, she called out governors Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, and Jeb Bush, demanding Republicans "stop fear mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud, and start explaining why they're so scared of letting citizens have their say." She followed it up with sensible proposals to make voting easier. Meanwhile, speaking of wars, on Monday Senator Lindsey Graham -- whose solution to every foreign policy problem boils down to armed conflict -- entered the 2016 race. Right on cue, three days later, responding to a question about the fact that Americans are tired of endless war, Graham said, "Well don't vote for me." Duly noted. It's an odd impulse to constantly want to start wars in the name of democracy while simultaneously undermining it here at home.
Should Americans join the military if the next commander-in-chief of the armed services is an arrogant, ignorant, irresponsible, war-happy hawk? Many of America's best and brightest join the armed services. But with the U.S. constantly at war, joining is a life or death decision, dependent on the judgment of whoever sits in the Oval Office.
The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) provides financing and loan guarantees at below-market rates to foreign purchasers looking to buy products from American exporters. For example, if Emirates Air wants to buy planes from Boeing, Ex-Im can provide a loan guarantee, reducing the interest rate Emirates will pay and thus incentivizing Emirates to buy from Boeing rather than Airbus.
Thanks to his anti-choice policies like defunding Planned Parenthood and other family planning programs, half of the women in Texas face difficult barriers to exercising their right to choose and make their own health care decisions. Currently, Texas is fifth highest in teenage pregnancy, lagging behind the rest of the country.
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Lincoln Chafee enter the 2016 race; Maryland bans fracking; Texas and Oklahoma ban fracking bans.
In a dramatic week for world football, Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA, gave himself a red card and announced his resignation, and Chris Christie declared his goal of replacing him. At a hastily arranged news conference in a Dunkin Donuts, Governor Christie weighed in.
While Governor Haley is inviting people of all faiths (perhaps even atheists?) to attend "The Response," I expect many would be uncomfortable at a prayer rally led only by evangelical Christians whose stated purpose is to exalt the name of Jesus (and nobody else).
This week, the presidential race began to resemble 19 Kids and Counting -- fitting, since they're both reality shows many would like to see taken off the air. On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders jumped in. On Wednesday, it was Rick Santorum. Thursday brought us George Pataki. (Talk about your Throwback Thursday!) Yesterday, Martin O'Malley tossed in his hat and next week, Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry are expected to do the same. Not to be out-shined by the new entrants, on Thursday "senior campaign officials" for Hillary Clinton gave a briefing about a rally to be held next month. Can't you feel the excitement? Just another year and a half -- and 241 debates -- left and it'll be over. If only the oncoming flood of clichés, bromides and platitudes could be monetized and exported, our economy, which this week was revealed to have shrunk by 0.7 percent last quarter, would be a juggernaut.
As with all the other candidates who have officially thrown their hats in the ring, today we will take a serious look at Santorum and Pataki, and attempt to predict what their chances for victory could be.
With not a peep out of the Texan regarding student loan refinancing, it seems Perry won't take on big lenders should he achieve the nation's highest political office. His priorities would lie instead in reshaping the American university to a pared-down business model favoring efficiency over elitism. While big colleges would take a hit, the big banks would be safe.
The 2016 Presidential election might go down in history as the year of the party-switchers. Republican Rick Perry was once a member of the Texas Democratic State Legislature. Potential Democratic Presidential candidate Jim Webb was once a Republican.
On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.
The battle of the Texas Dream Act continues. A bill known as SB1819, sponsored by Texas Republican Senators Donna Campbell, Tom Creighton, and Lois Kolkhorst, is headed for the Senate floor to be heard and voted upon.
Leaving aside whether you agree or disagree with any of this criticism (I think the Republican critiques thus far have been vague so far), the administration must realize that there is a very intense sentiment swirling around that Washington not only got swindled, but swindled in a way that will add more tension to its foreign relations.