RAISE Act: Blatantly Discriminatory

The POTUS endorsed a proposed bill today that would drastically revise decades-old immigration policy and limit immigration. The legislation will propose limits such as reducing avenues for permanent residence status for extended family members of citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, giving preference to English-speakers, and reducing the number of immigrants allowed to enter. This will … More RAISE Act: Blatantly Discriminatory

Civil Asset Forfeiture: What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine

Civil asset forfeiture has been around in one form another for hundreds of years, however we will be discussing the federal law that came about as a part of the “Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984”. This act allowed the forfeiture of assets of persons suspected of a crime or of assets that were suspected … More Civil Asset Forfeiture: What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine

Kushner Did Not Collude

In advance of his testimony on Capitol Hill, Jared Kushner provided a statement that included the assertion that he “did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.” Some may wonder how he could make this claim knowing that he attended a meeting that was intended to … More Kushner Did Not Collude

Healthcare, Part One

Originally posted on The View from the Armchair:
With the advent of an actual legislative effort to append (but not really repeal and replace) the PPACA (AKA “Obamacare”) it is worth examining the pros and cons of the ACA and the proposed legislation. The intent of the PPACA was to make healthcare more affordable overall…

Did We Forget the Russian Counterintelligence Agent? No? Great!

Curiouser and curiouser… It’s not enough that Junior and company met with what they believed was a Russian government representative with information that might help their campaign, but now it seems that there was a Russian intelligence agent present. Oh, begging pardon… A former Russian counterintelligence officer. He’s not involved in Russian intelligence anymore. He … More Did We Forget the Russian Counterintelligence Agent? No? Great!

More Distractions

In the wake of revelations that Donald Trump Jr and others may have run afoul of 11 CFR 110.20, “Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements by foreign nationals” (52 U.S.C. 30121, 36 U.S.C. 510), POTUS and his surrogates are pushing “news” of seemingly related events that are meant to distract from the … More More Distractions

US Policy via Twitter

I’m not a professional pollster, but I suspect that Trump’s approval ratings would go up by 10 points if he would stop his daily Twitter rants. One might suppose that attending the G20 would preclude our POTUS from hitting the tweets with great frequency, or that he might be discouraged from focusing on his typical … More US Policy via Twitter