FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Hernandez, They Call Me A Hero: A Memoir of My Youth

By: Sunday March 24, 2013 1:59 pm

Daniel Hernandez does a remarkable job of taking us inside that day his boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot, a day none of us would hope to be inside of, ever. He recalls his specific feelings and frustrations at being at the absolute center of the event, but knowing little about its outcome. And then, in an avalanche of media attention, he describes how he undertook an overwhelming 215 interviews by the day of the memorial service in Tucson. There he met President Obama and the First Lady. There his iconic media status was cemented by that hug from the President, who said to him, moments after announcing to a cheering crowd that he had just come from Gabby Giffords’ hospital bedside, where she’d opened her eyes for the first time: “And, Daniel, I’m sorry, you may deny it, but we’ve decided you are a hero, because you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive.”

Thus began the journey of a young man who became an icon for so many: a gay, Hispanic student intern who ran toward danger to save a Congresswoman shot in the line of duty and ended up sitting with the First Lady at the State of the Union


Conservatives Seem To Be Coming Around on Immigration

By: Friday November 9, 2012 8:23 am

After the Democrats’ strong performance in this election, many are claiming that the Republican Party will be forced to moderate, but for the most part I don’t buy it. I remember similar statements after the 2008 election and the GOP won big in 2010 despite tacking even farther to the right. It will take more than one election to convince a whole party to make big changes and the GOP frankly lacks prominent moderates to drive a transformation.

There is one issue though where it seems conservatives have learned a lesson from this election and that is on immigration.

Net Immigration From Mexico Now About Zero

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 10:40 am

Immigration from Mexico is down significantly thanks in large part to the poor economy in the United States. According to new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, recent net migration from Mexico is now zero. This fact should lessen the negative politics of immigration in the short run and affect projections of voting patterns in the long run.

Social Security “Fixes” Demonstrate Absurdity of Predicting 75 Years into the Future

By: Saturday April 30, 2011 11:00 am

Social Security currently is projected to be able to pay full benefits until around 2039, at which point current projections say it will start only paying seniors around 80 percent of what they should be getting. One would think having a program projected to be on a solid footing for the next 30 years would more than sufficient for anyone.

For some reason though, Republican politicians, Democratic politicians, cranky old reprobates appointed by Obama, and beltway pundits are actually claiming this is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with NOW because they think the program must have a full 75 years of projected solvency.

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