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Republicans Don't Really Want to Fix Immigration for 01/18/2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

President Trump and the Republican leadership have made clear that they have no intention of repairing our chaotic immigration system. Why not? Because illegal immigration is a problem that bothers most Americans. Fix it and all these politicians have are tax cuts for the rich, environmental degradation, soaring deficits and the loss of health care.

As a campaigner, Trump learned that when audience passion flagged, he could demand a wall with Mexico and his folks would jump to their feet. The week that America went into convulsions over Trump's racist vulgarities about certain immigrants is a week we'll never get back again. But it did cancel right-wing displeasure over his seemingly constructive comments on immigration reform a few days earlier.

Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018

Democrats Need to Stop Ingesting the Right's Propaganda for 01/16/2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit.

Democrats are the opposite. They seem to assume that the public automatically sees the good things happening when they're in charge. Like psychologically abused children, they internalize almost any criticism. That's why rather than retell the story in the most flattering light, they dive into a defensive crouch. The inability to blast through the negative makes much of the public think them blameworthy.

Updated: Tue Jan 16, 2018

For at Least One News Cycle, Trump Talks Sense on Immigration for 01/11/2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

One hesitates to assume that what the president says one moment won't be totally contradicted the next. But on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 9, Donald J. Trump made sense on immigration reform — with just a few contradictions. Take a screenshot.

Notably, he used the word "comprehensive" in talking about reform, a poisonous term for many opposed to legalizing the presence of millions here without papers. Proposed comprehensive reforms would also strengthen enforcement of immigration laws to curb future flows of undocumented workers.

Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018

Trump's Dancing Monkeys Break Bipartisan Hearts for 01/09/2018

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Sen. Lindsey Graham's reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump's dancing monkeys?

During the 2016 primaries, Graham warned about Trump: "I think he's a kook. I think he's crazy. I think he's unfit for office."

Updated: Tue Jan 09, 2018

Celebrate Freedom, Not Pot for 01/04/2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth.

Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on drugs has been a costly failure, and the right to smoke, ingest or bathe in pot is a fine thing to celebrate. But that should turn pot into just another legal substance to be regulated, taxed and, importantly, used with care. It's not the new Roman god.

Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Resisters for 01/02/2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The "resistance" is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must develop some effective strategies and drop counterproductive ones. Here are seven suggestions:

One. Stop retweeting him. Trump's inflammatory tweets are designed to bait you, to draw you into his game. Angrily retweeting his inanities only amplifies the message. Despite his waning popularity, Trump retains the ability to entertain. He does this not only through the tweets themselves but through the passionate responses he provokes from critics. Without your reaction, the tweets would shoot out into space and quickly lose altitude.

Updated: Tue Jan 02, 2018

Let's Skip the War Against Baby Boomers, OK? for 12/28/2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

When things get dull, enterprising rousers of rabble promote a war against something or other to gain attention. The war against the baby boom generation is already in full swing.

One book about the Americans born between 1946 and 1964 has "Generation of Sociopaths" in the title. And a recent piece in The Atlantic goes for their throats as "grandparents stealing from the grandchildren." (Ouch, that serpent's tooth.)

Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017

Democrats Should Dial Back Racial Bargaining for 12/26/2017

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The election of Doug Jones in Alabama delivered much joy to Democrats, and they rightly heralded the huge African-American turnout, without which Jones would not have won. But Democrats should have stopped there. Some of their prominent voices went further with the theme that black voters did them a favor.

Have they considered the strong possibility that Alabama's African-American voters did it for themselves? They had a choice between a man who had convicted Klansmen of murdering black girls at a church and someone who spoke nostalgically of slavery. Let alone that Roy Moore would have tried to take away their health care and Jones will defend it.

Updated: Tue Dec 26, 2017

From Dying Malls, Downtown Retailing Grows for 12/21/2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Teens of the '80s may recall shiny new shopping malls as the hot place for hanging out, their food courts the cafe society of adolescence. These chain-store palaces knocked off local mom and pop retailers one by one, turning their downtown habitat into drab places for the poor and dysfunctional.

Now online commerce is knocking off the malls, but guess what. Not only is downtown retail coming back but also the stores are proving themselves to be among the fittest of the bricks-and-mortar survivors.

Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017

God Rest Ye Merry, Subway Riders for 12/19/2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Collective groans greeted the New York subway system's decision to stop referring to passengers as "ladies and gentlemen." In olden days, which now date to last month, subway conductors would include these words in public announcements. For example: "Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your personal belongings."

Fox News responded predictably, with both pained umbrage and inaccuracy. It took a break from undermining the democracy to complain, in one commentator's words, that muggers and perverts manhandling women are no longer the biggest threat facing the subway system. It is "conductors using the words 'ladies and gentlemen.'"

Actually, there are bigger threats than even muggers — terrorists, for one. And though littering on the platform isn't more evil than molesting female passengers, it is still unacceptable. Just a little reality, for the interested.

Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017

Alabama Was a Win, and Not Just for Democrats for 12/14/2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The Democratic conquest of a senate seat in Alabama produced a lot of winners other than the victor himself, Doug Jones. Many were Republicans, including some who voted for the inexplicable Roy Moore.

The obvious celebrants, of course, are Democrats. For them, it wasn't all dumb luck. The state party had a strong candidate in place even when the race seemed a long shot. (There's a lesson there for Democrats in all 50 states.) Democrats also had the good sense to discourage an invasion by out-of-state liberals 'splaining what's what to the locals.

Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017

Whom Do We Thank for Today's Strong Economy? for 12/12/2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama.

The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was president for seven of them. As the first year of the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, the economy's growth has continued — but it has not accelerated in a meaningful way.

Updated: Tue Dec 12, 2017

Roy Moore Poisons Alabama's Business Climate for 12/07/2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In 2006, a Chicago schoolteacher was sentenced to three years in prison for molesting teenage girls. He was 34 at the time and, according to news accounts, had slipped his hands under the shirt of a 17-year-old and fondled her breasts.

That's how a moral America deals with men who molest underage girls. Roy Moore apparently did the same at age 32, except that one of the girls was 14 and his hands roved down to panty level.

Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017

In Meghan Markle's 'Suits,' the Men Wear Them for 12/05/2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on "Suits."

That's unfortunate, because the cheesy TV series could serve as a primer on how women undermine their careers by the way they dress. Oh, there are other forces working against them in male-dominated industries, but how women present themselves should be an easy hurdle to cross.

Updated: Tue Dec 05, 2017

Democrats Need to Drop Identity Politics -- Now for 11/30/2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Bernie Sanders helped elect Donald Trump, and for that he will never be forgiven. But give this to Sanders: He's totally right that Democrats must drop their obsession with identity politics if they want to regain power.

To concede that white working-class Americans have problems needing to be addressed does not preclude acknowledging the justified complaints of various minorities — ethnic, racial and gender-based. But this fixation on identity groups causes two kinds of harm.

Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017

Little Shelter in the Land of the Scam, Home of the Fleeced for 11/28/2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by putting its enemies in charge.

Established in the rubble of the economic meltdown, the bureau's job is to go after the financial rackets that target the working class — abusive mortgages, student loans created to fail, credit card trickery and payday loans charging 400 percent annual interest. It even gets money back for some people.

Updated: Tue Nov 28, 2017

GOP Tax Plan Would Hurt Homeowners Everywhere for 11/23/2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The story making the rounds is that the Republican tax plan targets homeowners only in expensive blue states — people who tend to vote for the other party. That's only partly true. Homeowners everywhere would get hit. The reasons will follow.

As a whole, the "reforms" are an abomination. Through some tricks to hide its effects early on, the plan would move more of the nation's tax burden down to the middle class and lower. Some 13 million could lose their health coverage.

Updated: Thu Nov 23, 2017

Must We 'Believe' Juanita Broaddrick? No. for 11/21/2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Whenever charges of sexual misconduct shoot through the air, an arrow or three hit Bill Clinton. That's inevitable, given his history of philandering capped by the notorious Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky.

What was not inevitable, but surprising, is the crush of liberals swallowing whole a fishy story that Clinton raped a woman.

Updated: Tue Nov 21, 2017

Go Ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again. for 11/16/2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general's call to "evaluate certain issues" regarding the sale of a majority stake in Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation.

Yes, that again. There was absolutely zero wrong with or troubling about the Uranium One transaction. Even Fox News viewers who heard Shep Smith dismiss the wild charges as nonsense know that.

Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017

Oil Has a Price. Wildlife? Priceless for 11/14/2017

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The Bible tells how Esau sold his birthright for a "mess of pottage." It is a lesson on the foolishness of choosing immediate gratification over something of far more value but in the future. Esau, in sum, traded his right to be recognized as the firstborn son — with all the advantages his society attached to that status — for a bowl of lentil stew.

A mess of pottage is being cooked up again in the form of renewed efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. The hunger temporarily sated would be for $1 billion — the proceeds from selling drilling rights — to help pay for a buffet of tax cuts over 10 years.

Updated: Tue Nov 14, 2017