Author: BooMan

Making America Unwelcoming to Immigrants

At the urging of his triangulating strategist Dick Morris, The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was signed by President Clinton in August 1996. During his 1992 campaign, Clinton had repeated his intention to “end welfare as we…

Democrats in Texas are Eager to Vote

I’ve often compared the red/blue divide in our politics to two tectonic plates that are locked together. Every so often, there is some slippage along the fault line that causes a minor political earthquake, but things usually settle back into…

Ryan Costello is Really Losing It

My congressman, Ryan Costello, is well-respected in my community. He’s a local boy who did good. He knows he represents a district that voted for Obama once and for Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t throw bombs and keeps away from right-wing…

Trump Doesn’t Know Fact From Fiction

Asha Rangappa is a former FBI counterintelligence officer who now lectures at Yale University. He’s written a piece for Politico that explores some fairly obvious points about the damage that can be done to our governmental institutions when we elect…

Donald Trump Jr. Needs to Shut the Fuck Up

Remember when the Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak and the pacifist Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski took a break from bowling to discuss the upcoming Persian Gulf War? WALTER: Sure you’ll see some tank battles. But fighting in desert is very different…

David Brooks Can Solve All Our Problems

David Brooks has penned another insipid column, but this one is really poorly constructed, too. Once again, he relies on a dichotomy to try to explain a many-sided problem. So he introduces the least novel of insights, which is that…

Repeating the Mistakes of the Past

You’ll see why I am posting the following bit of history in a minute. Just take your time and read through this carefully: Foreign Service Officer John S. Service is dismissed from the Department of State following a determination by…