The Founding Fathers Rejected Filibusters

Originally posted on Real Clear Policy Supermajority rule “contradicts the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail….  a poison …one of those refinements which, in practice, has an effect the reverse of...

How Biden and the Democrats can win back working-class Americans

Originally posted on Fortune.com. President Biden should prioritize structurally upgrading both the woeful U.S. political and economic systems. If he succeeds, those upgrades will yield political dividends in 2022. The Democratic Party is a tarred brand. In swing...

Dump Current Justices. Then Reform the Supreme Court with Term Limits.

This article first appeared on RealClearPolicy.com. President Biden can display bipartisanship by adopting an ambitious proposal from Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi of replacing sitting justices to establish 18-year Supreme Court terms. As modified...

Mr. Biden: Opt for D.C. Statehood Now

How to Make Washington, D.C. the 51st U.S. State. The U.S. Senate was designed in 1787, according to James Madison (one of the U.S.’s founding fathers) to disproportionately empower the slave-holding states of the American south — enticing them to join the new nation....

Rewarding Sacrifice, Valor and Patriotism: Statehood for Puerto Rico

This article first appeared on The Globalist. In many ways, the case for Puerto Rican statehood is equally compelling as that for Washington, D.C. 1. Puerto Rico’s population is comparable to Iowa and exceeds that of 20 states. 2. Puerto Ricans already participate...

US economy mired in viral stagnation loop

This article first appeared on SocialEurope.eu. The travails of the US economy come amid a politics never so poisonous since the civil war. Best medical practices to ameliorate the Covid-19 pandemic feature lockdowns but carry an immediate economic price. Evidence has...

Mismanaging the US Economy: How Trump Defeats Himself

This article first appeared in The Globalist and on Salon.com The prospects for a solid U.S. recovery are dim. Trump and the Republicans’ economic choices have made matters worse. Whatever Donald Trump’s grievous failings on fact-based, empathetic leadership or...

US: A Country Rooted in Unfairness

This article first appeared in The Globalist. The COVID 19 pandemic is highlighting U.S. shareholder capitalism’s gross inequities. The COVID 19 pandemic is revealing the stark contrast in how working men and women are being treated in the United States and Germany....

After Super Tuesday: Democrats Heeding Lessons of 2018

Democrats must mobilize the party base, while focusing on adding cross-over anti-Trump rural and suburban independents and moderate Republicans. The Democrats’ lessons from the 2018 mid-term elections is clear. Moderate candidates won and progressive candidates lost....