The First Lady

For the most part, the 2016 campaign has been a dark and depressing affair. In the first night of the DNC, Michelle Obama lit a blowtorch in the darkness. She started the speech by talking about her husband’s presidency through the eyes of her children. She discussed his presidency not as a means to political ends but as a…

Dallas

I’ve struggled to find the words to describe how I feel about what happened in Dallas yesterday. I live in Dallas and I could hear some of the gunfire from my home. I was far from danger but the tragedy hit harder because it was so close to home. Maybe proximity deepened my despair. As I…

The Sit-In Was a Mistake

After Republican leadership refused to hold a vote on proposed gun control measures yesterday, Democrats began an organized sit-in led by the civil rights icon, John Lewis. The Democrats’ rallying cry was “No bill,! No break!” which demonstrated their opposition to the House taking a recess until July 5 without holding a vote on the gun…

5 Takeaways from Donald Trump’s Tax Plan

It seems that every time I do a summary of a candidate’s tax plan, the candidate suffers a terrible loss in the subsequent primary. Therefore, as a public service, here is my summary of Donald Trump’s tax plan. As always, I rely on the candidate’s posted plan and the TPC’s study of the plan. 1. Trump would reduce…

5 Takeaways from Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan

1. Sanders’ plan would generate an enormous amount of tax revenue. The Tax Policy Center estimates Sanders’ tax plan would raise revenue by  $15.3 trillion over the next ten years. For comparison, Hillary Clinton’s tax plan, which also calls for some tax increases, would only generate $1.1 trillion over the next ten years. 2. Sanders would…

5 Big Takeaways From Marco Rubio’s Tax Plan

This is the first in a series that address the candidates’ respective tax plans. I’m starting with Marco Rubio since his plan is the most likely to become irrelevant in the next few days. A great deal of this information comes from the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan group that has done extremely helpful studies on…

Tone, Not Substance: The Republican Party’s Disagreement with Donald Trump

Over the past few months, influential Republicans have been lobbying their party faithful to stop Donald Trump from becoming the nominee for the Republican Party. Last week, after Trump’s big wins on Super Tuesday, these calls reached a fever pitch, with the 2012 nominee saying he would support a write in candidate, rather than vote for Trump…

Against Trump

While some Republican leaders are picking Trump over Cruz, not all Republicans are willing to concede to Trump. The National Review has declared it is against Donald Trump in the most direct way possible: The fact that a leading conservative magazine made its cover story a series of hit pieces on Trump is noteworthy but I…