Posts tagged "America"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform
          Like the Tea Party before it, Occupy Wall Street has defied popular expectation and become a major force in American politics. As of this post, OWS protests have raged from coast to coast for more than two months. Time will tell what becomes of the movement, but OWS has definitely... Read more »
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A View of Egypt from Chicago

The Egyptian Revolution has been very well documented since Egyptians first took to the streets a little more than a week ago to protest the 30-year rule of dictator Hosni Mubarak. Protesters Clash With Riot Police in Egypt  Americans have defied our popular stereotype as an isolated, ignorant and apathetic people by giving the revolution... Read more »

Newt Gingrich's Warped Vision for America

Newt Gingrich is at it again Newt Gingrich’s latest publicity stunt is his very public opposition to the proposed Cordoba House; a mosque planned to be built at Ground Zero – the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Mr. Gingrich says the mosque’s benefactors from the Cordoba Initiative are deceiving the American public... Read more »

The Real America: BP, Wall Street and the Upper 5%

The Republican Party likes to tout itself as representing “The Real America”. Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Tea Party crowd have raised hoards of money playing on the grievances of low-income, mostly white Americans that fit their definition of this group. Yet, a closer analysis of the GOP’s policies and priorities... Read more »
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Note to GOP: It's Not 1980 Anymore

“Lower taxes, less government”.  These four words have defined the conservative movement for a generation. The slogan is short, simple and easy-to-understand. It effectively resonates with the American ethos of entrepreneurialism and implied distrust of federal authority. The conservative movement’s standard-bearer – Ronald Reagan – was so successful at communicating this message that it has... Read more »