FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jon Walker, After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 1:59 pm

What will you be doing in 2030?

If I survive that long, I’ll be 84 years old. My dad lived to be 87, my mom to 94, so there’s a chance I’ll be around. Will I be using cannabis then, if I’m still around? If so, it will be in a vastly different legal and social framework than what exists now.


Response to Nancy Keenan in Salon: Let’s Set the Record Straight on Millennials and Abortion. Again

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 4:49 pm

Another day, another article about whether or not Millennials care about access to safe abortion care, this time in the form of an interview with outgoing NARAL President Nancy Keenan in Salon in which the commitment of our generation to this issue is once again questioned.

It is time to put to rest the questioning about Millennials and whether they care about access to safe abortion care. It is time to get to work. Too much is at stake, too much ground has been lost, and, for far too many women, safe and affordable abortion care is out of their reach.

So, let’s set the record straight. Again.

The Electorate is Diverse; We Need a Policy Framework to Match That

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:35 am

It’s pretty obvious that what set President Obama to a re-election victory begins and ends with a new electorate. Obama won less of the white vote than Michael Dukakis. He still won the election, because America looks different than it did in 1988.

Dirty Pool

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 8:00 pm

As dispiriting as it is to be a Democrat these days, what with the equivocating and serial cave-ins to the opposition, at least it isn’t downright embarrassing. All but the most craven of Democrats at least vaguely attempt to run on a platform of some sort, and have the decency to make at least desultory attempts to implement it if elected. More importantly, they generally make a pretense of playing by the rules in elections.

Not so Republicans.

Speculation Offsetting Downside Factors in Housing

By: Monday October 8, 2012 11:15 am

We have heard so much about the positive prospects for housing over the past year, I thought maybe we should pay some attention to the downside case. Michael Panzner provides it, and it hinges mainly on the high supply of shadow inventory and the type of loans being offered these days:

The Demographics of America’s Governors: Religion

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 5:19 pm

Sometimes governors, especially Republicans, talk about how much religion has guided them in the lives while never actually revealing their denomination. It takes a bit of searching to confirm that they’re actually Protestant. John Kasich and Rick Scott are good examples of this.

Republican Campaign Was Always Going to Highlight a Race-Based Appeal

By: Monday August 27, 2012 12:52 pm

Lots of people are talking about Chris Matthews teeing off on Reince Priebus today, accusing the GOP of “playing the race card” against the President. Mitt Romney’s birther joke, their blatantly false ad accusing the President of removing the work requirement from welfare and the framing of the debate over Medicare, that “you paid into it” and now your benefits are being “stolen” for those other people to get Obamacare, seem calculated to play into this.

Surge in Hispanic Population Changing Electoral Coalitions in US

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 3:03 pm

I would pay close watch to the skirmish between Rubio and the Tea party on immigration as a leading indicator. If the xenophobes still rule the Republican Party, they will miss out on this huge demographic opportunity. That doesn’t mean Democrats will capitalize, but it means Republicans won’t.

Social Security “Expert” Simpson Doesn’t Understand Basic Concepts of Social Security

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 11:45 am

In actuality, the life expectancy at age 65 has increased to the extent that Social Security is paying out more benefits for a grand total of 3 years, after 70 years in operation. This is why the system endures, with minor changes (the retirement age has already increased to 67), because the people who designed it built in the flexibility and buildup of benefits in the trust fund to account for any population pattern shifts. About the only thing they didn’t expect was the massive, rampant inequality that made the payroll tax cap lead to a far lower collection in revenues than expected. That can be altered and the program saved with relative ease.

Marriage Equality: Two Not Emphasizing Rights Still Make a Wrong

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 4:00 pm

In our civil society, if something is legal for one, it just has to be legal for all. The bottom line is, everyone is equal under the law.

At least that’s how I see it.

Not so, it seems, for Lanae Erickson and Jon Cowan, two Third Way muckety-mucks who recently penned a piece for the Baltimore Sun in which they argued that if LGBT Americans want to see marriage equality become a reality, they need to make it less about equality and more about embracing what the authors see as traditional values.

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