As Richard Winger points out in his latest Ballot Access News, Americans Elect lost ballot status in California on December 31 2013, capping a year of drawn-out erosion in the official position of the corporate political party that tried to elect a “centrist” president but failed to find enough actual “centrist” people.
Can we finally [...]
That’s empty, and that’s it. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board agenda for 2014 is empty. It hasn’t held a meeting since November 4.
What do you call a government board that is designed to protect Americans’ civil liberties interests against the pressure of the entire United States government, that is [...]
Republican politics demands that its followers accept scientifically untenable ideas, and most Republicans are willing to give in to that demand. [...]
Just before Christmas 2013 the world found out that RSA, the corporation making millions selling its software to provide security through encryption, had taken millions more in money from the U.S. military’s National Security Agency in order to build a “backdoor” so that the NSA could break any RSA-based encryption to spy on the communications [...]
Political scientists emerged from their laboratories early this morning, weary from a long night of experimentation and data analysis, with a remarkable announcement: They have at long last discovered the price of glitz – a number that has long been the holy grail of political science.
The price of glitz, they announced, is $13,298.43.
Marianne Williamson has declared her candidacy, independent of any political party, for California’s 33rd district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 33rd district is currently represented by Democrat Henry Waxman.
Issues the Williamson for Congress campaign is addressing are:
- Voter suppression – Gerrymandering – Independent expenditures in campaign finance – Repeal of [...]
A week ago, I wrote to share the news that a quarter of students departing the private for-profit Kaplan University are so desperate that they default on their student loans. Defaulting on student loans is a big deal: it absolutely wrecks a person’s credit rating, it leads to harassment by collecting agencies, and is almost [...]
This week, a filing with the FEC made it clear that the Put Alaska First PAC is shipping money out of Alaska, rather than hiring Alaskans to do their work. [...]
One libertarian response to the cry “heartless!” is to reassure a sentimental critic that they need not worry. Government spending, they say, has “crowded out” private charity. Once government spending on behalf of the poor and suffering is cut back, private charitable contributions will surge to take its place.
I think public spending crowds [...]
John Stossel writes: “I bet my readers $1,000 that they couldn’t name one thing that government does better than the private sector. I am yet to pay. Free enterprise does everything better.”
John Stossel must be blind.
Consider health care, for instance. Professor Douglas Amy of Mount Holyoke College looked into this issue; here’s an [...]