Category: Politics

The Problem With California’s Primaries

There are some things I like about the way California does its federal elections, but I definitely do not love one of the unintended consequences of their reforms. What’s different about California’s system is that they do not have party…

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…

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…