Congress is at a Fiscal Stalemate

As the 112th Congress enters its final month pundits and experts in Washington are talking about a last-minute debt deal that will help America avoid to so-called “fiscal cliff”. There are a few major problems with this idea that lawmakers are locked in tense negotiations. Continue reading

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Our Sacred Defense Budget is Hurting America

Half of the elected members of the United States government are violently and vehemently opposed to “tax and spend” policies allegedly championed by President Barack Obama. They want to shrink the government, cut the deficit, and undo government overreach… just don’t ask them about the Department of Defense. Continue reading

Obama’s Asia Trip and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama is touring three often-overlooked Asian nations this week as part of a multipurpose diplomatic mission. The stated purpose of the trip is to show Washington’s consideration for political development and reform in Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. A more important aspect of the trip, at least in the eyes of many in Washington, is building support for greater membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue reading

Save Money, Save Time, Vote Earlier

As an Ohioan I recognize the naked partisan objectives of Secretary of State John Husted in limiting early voting hours in this state. I see his intention to limit participation from minorities, the working poor, and other Democratic-leaning constituencies. I understand the math behind his motives. Thankfully, I can see in the election results how those motives backfired. Continue reading

Enjoying the Conservative Echo Chamber

Tuning in to Fox News Channel the last few days has been a live action dramatic portrayal of the Kübler-Ross “The Five Stages of Grief”. The best episode was of course the pilot on election night, in which alleged political genius Karl Rove frantically rushed about denying his own channel’s election call. Rove burned through nearly $400 million supporting congressional candidates and of course Mitt Romney. Rove lost virtually every race he tossed money into. Continue reading

The New Electoral Landscape

On October 30, 2012 I made a prediction about the eventual outcome of the upcoming presidential election. I was wrong. I predicted that President Obama would take home 294 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 244 in a race that was too close for comfort. I shared my worry with friends and family that the election was just a few Tagg Romney owned voting machines and Rick Scott voter suppression initiatives away from going to the Republican, which would have been an absolute disaster. Continue reading