Posts in category "Opinion"

Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare: Corporations are Not People My Friend

Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare: Corporations are Not People My Friend
Real Politik has already dedicated an entire article to criticizing the flawed logic that led to the Supreme Court’s now-infamous Citizens United ruling. During Citizens United, the court channeled its inner Mitt Romney by ruling that corporations are people and that political advertising is the same as political speech. Therefore any limits placed on political advertising violate corporations’ First... Read more »

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin
Changing America’s Cuba policy has traditionally been considered electoral suicide for aspiring politicians. Their thinking has been based on a simple premise. Florida – and the state’s 29 electoral votes – has played kingmaker in the last five elections. And good luck taking Florida without taking a hard line on Cuba. South Florida is loaded with senior... Read more »

Chris Christie: Stuck in Traffic

Chris Christie: Stuck in Traffic
Chris Christie’s political scandal is shocking for so many different reasons. Here are three that immediately come to mind: 1) How could Mr. Christie’s staffers (or the governor himself) think that sabotaging city infrastructure and creating havok on the George Washington Bridge – one of the state’s most heavily trafficked arteries – would be the best... Read more »
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America’s Elections: Almost One Month Later

America’s Elections: Almost One Month Later
Mr. Obama Gets Another Shot at Hope and Change The following column about America’s elections was recently published in the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica. It was written the day after the election when Real Politik was feeling particularly bullish about the possibility of a Grand Bargain between Democrats and Republicans on deficit reduction and... Read more »

Real Politik's 2012 Endorsement: Four More Years for Barack Obama

Real Politik's 2012 Endorsement: Four More Years for Barack Obama
Few things have been as disappointing about Barack Obama’s first term as his bid for re-election. It has been thoroughly underwhelming to watch the candidate of Hope and Change embrace politics as blood sport. During the 2012 campaign, Mr. Obama has spent more time attacking Mr. Romney than laying out a vision for his second... Read more »

The Presidential Election: Obama and Romney's Forgotten Issues

The Presidential Election: Obama and Romney's Forgotten Issues
With less than two weeks to go before the 2012 presidential election, the campaign’s statistics speak for themselves: Three debates Hundreds of speeches Ten of thousands of advertisements Hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign donations Nonstop television coverage Given the tabloidization of American politics and the immense saturation of political media (including this blog)... Read more »
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The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy
After seeing his poll numbers hit record low marks last year, President Obama and his team of advisers adopted a more aggressive public posture towards Republican opposition, as well as a born-again populist agenda around the theme of economic justice that appeared front and center during the President’s State of the Union address. The Fighting... Read more »

Mitt Romney's Win: Iowa Narrowly Delivers

Mitt Romney's Win: Iowa Narrowly Delivers
Real Politik is not a supporter of Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts is the consummate political shape shifter. There is seemingly no issue that Mr. Romney is incapable of changing positions on at a moment’s notice according the latest opinion polls. Yet, Mr. Romney’s narrow victory in yesterday’s Iowa GOP caucus is good... Read more »

Rahm's Sanctuary: Chicago's Sane Policy on Immigration

Rahm's Sanctuary: Chicago's Sane Policy on Immigration
As debates over Arizona-style immigration laws, spread to state and local legislatures across the country, Mayor Rahm Emanuel restated his vision for Chicago’s immigration policy. At a roundtable with reporters at City Hall last week, Mr. Emanuel repeated his goal of making Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the United States. The Mayor was joined... Read more »
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The Problem With Herman Cain

The Problem With Herman Cain
          There has been a lot of talk about why Herman Cain is unfit to be President following the suspension of his campaign amidst revelations about his 13-year extramarital affair. Unfortunately, the most troubling aspect about the Herman Cain saga has nothing to do with Mr. Cain’s sexploits or political Hari... Read more »