When I chat with friends about what's wrong with our political system, they frequently say something to the effect of, "We need to kick all the politicians out." There's nothing inherently wrong with this sentiment – after all, our political system is founded on the idea that if you don't like your representatives, you can … Continue reading The Problem with Electing Outsiders
A study on the effect of Seattle's new minimum wage law is making the rounds today. The Washington Post warns in a headline that "a 'very credible' new study on Seattle's $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals," while a FiveThirtyEight headline states that "Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far." Read … Continue reading Take that Seattle Minimum Wage Study With a Grain of Salt
Source: New Yorker Why are Democrats so excited about 2018? The short answer: a couple years ago, when Republicans gerrymandered Congressional districts in 5 key states, they created a bunch of districts that only slightly favor Republicans – meaning that a relatively small shift toward Democrats in 2018 could flip a ton of seats to the left. … Continue reading Why Democrats Are So Excited about 2018
David Brooks wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new free public education plan a “fiasco.” He even went so far as to call it worse than anything Donald Trump has passed so far. Setting that ludicrous latter claim to the side, let’s examine Brooks’ argument. (Disclaimer: My … Continue reading No, David Brooks, Cuomo’s College Plan Is Not A “Fiasco”
This Columbia Journalism Review article on right-wing media and the 2016 election is worth reading, especially if you're still convinced that "fake news" is the biggest problem in our media environment. I've pulled out two key quotes below. First, the problem: "Our own study... shows that a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and … Continue reading A Fresh Look at Right-Wing Media & the 2016 Election
This just in: Rep. Gutierrez of Illinois (pictured above) and other Democratic members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were just excluded from a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. When they tried to attend, they were asked to leave. Gutierrez called the move unprecedented in a statement: In 20-plus years, I have never heard of the Republicans controlling … Continue reading Hispanic Dems Banned from Meeting with ICE Officials
Please, please read this Vox article on the Saydnaya death camp in Syria. Saydnaya is not a prison, since it’s not a place where people go to live out jail sentences before being released. It is a death camp, one designed to destroy the human soul and body. "Destroy the human soul and body." Sit with … Continue reading Death Camps.
My husband sent me an interesting Democracy Journal piece by Jack Meserve arguing that Democrats lose elections because they've forgotten how to 1) craft simple, easily digestible policies and 2) take credit for those policies upon implementation. Just look at the image above. When Congress passed Social Security into law, FDR's administration created a poster announcing "a monthly check to you for … Continue reading Let’s Give ‘Em Something To Talk About. How About… Government?
This article offers a fascinating glimpse into how psychometric data analysis may have won Donald Trump the election (it's probably a 10-minute read): https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-our-likes-helped-trump-win
This morning, President Trump (notice a theme in these blog posts?) told a group of faith leaders that he plans to repeal the Johnson amendment. Have no idea what that means? Read on, my friend – read on. Many people don't realize that churches are exempt from paying federal taxes. Whether or not you agree with that policy, you can at … Continue reading Trump Wants to Tear Down that Wall… Between Church and State