No, David Brooks, Cuomo’s College Plan Is Not A “Fiasco”

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”

A Fresh Look at Right-Wing Media & the 2016 Election

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

Hispanic Dems Banned from Meeting with ICE Officials

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

Let’s Give ‘Em Something To Talk About. How About… Government?

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?

Trump Wants to Tear Down that Wall… Between Church and State

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

NYT Ed Board: South Dakota Legislators “Shameless” and “Cunning”

Republicans in the South Dakota legislature just declared a state of emergency. Why? So when they overturn a major anti-corruption law that voters passed at the ballot last November, those voters won't be able to fight them. Apparently, a law overturned due to a state of emergency can't be repealed by voters with another referendum. The New York Times Editorial … Continue reading NYT Ed Board: South Dakota Legislators “Shameless” and “Cunning”