We Don’t Have an American Foreign Policy Debate

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:03 am

Here’s what the 1972 candidate for President, the late George McGovern, said on the Senate floor in 1970, during the debate over the McGovern-Hatfield Amendment to End the War in Vietnam: Every senator in this chamber is partly responsible for sending 50,000 young Americans to an early grave. This chamber reeks of blood. Every Senator [...]

Obama: Sequester Cuts to Defense “Will Not Happen”

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 6:16 am

My understanding of the word “debate” is that it refers to a situation where opposing individuals who disagreed with one another took up contrary positions and argued their side against the other. So maybe the better phrase for what happened last night would be something like “mutual admiration society.” But amid lines like “I agree [...]

Five Other Facts You Need to Know About Currency Manipulation

By: Monday October 22, 2012 1:28 pm

One of the sections in tonight’s foreign policy debate concerns China, which means that the issue of Chinese trade will come up. In a very real sense, this will trigger a fake debate about the manipulation of Chinese currency. I say fake because, while Mitt Romney will demand such a designation, he has no interest [...]

Debate Odds and Ends

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 3:18 pm

A few more comments on last night’s debate: • I don’t think the college student worried about his job prospects was looking for the answer Obama gave about the budding rise of manufacturing. He’s not looking for a factory job. I think high-skill manufacturing should absolutely be part of the mix of the 21st-century job [...]

Not One Debate Question Last Night Touched on the Deficit

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 11:34 am

I should have touched on this quite a bit earlier in my discussion about the second debate today, because it’s really important. What this debate showed, beyond any shadow of a doubt, is that actual Americans, those who live outside the Beltway and don’t frequent think tank panel discussions or green rooms for cable news, [...]

The Remarkable Reappearance of George W. Bush

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:51 am

It’s gone a bit overlooked today amid the textual analysis of particular buzzwords in Rose Garden speeches, but a key moment in last night’s debate came when George W. Bush, who apparently spends his time these days painting pictures of puppies, reappeared on the political scene at an inopportune moment for the Republican Party. Here [...]

The Neglected Issue of the Invisible Poor

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 8:25 am

Poor people don’t vote. At least, they don’t vote in proportion with their share of the population. And they certainly don’t “vote” in the sense that politicians would notice, by attending thousand-dollar-a-plate dinners and contributing to their campaigns.

The Depressing Energy Debate in America

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 7:39 am

Anyone hoping to see an end to our policies of encouraging the burning of fossil fuels certainly winced at the energy section of last night’s debate, which did not mention climate change but did feature both candidates trying to convince the country that they would deliver more coal and oil-based domestic energy.

The Debate’s Benghazi Moment: America Cheers the Media Correcting the Record

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 6:00 am

President Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney last night by managing to defend elements of his first term record and articulate a second term agenda, while his opponent struggled with specifics and was haunted by the spectre of George W. Bush, who he probably thought was disappeared for electoral purposes in this country. [...]

Obama’s Debate Challenge: Identifying an Actual Agenda

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:21 am

We sadly don’t have a media that disqualifies candidates for using bogus math or flawed studies (though Romney skirts that line). We do have a public which has waited patiently for the economy to improve. Though consumer confidence has ticked up, as well as the outlook for the economic future, the public still expects candidates for Presidents to have some plan, especially when there remains a fragility to the economic picture.

VP Debate: The Tax Discussion Stands In for the Jobs Discussion

By: Friday October 12, 2012 12:27 pm

Sadly, last night continued the string of national debates that basically featured little or no discussion of how to immediately move the country out of its jobs crisis, or at least nothing beyond the dispiriting “stay the course” of the current Administration, and the irrelevant “five-point plan” of the challengers, which offers nothing in a [...]

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