US Domestic Politics

Discussion of US politics and their world impact.

Immigration and NAFTA

At the risk of starting another thread in the immigration debate, it seems from all the posts that one of the things everyone seems to agree on is that NAFTA is bad for the US and bad for Mexico and increases immigration from Mexico to the US (regardless of whether that is viewed favorably or unfavorably.)

Is there consensus that NAFTA should be abandoned?

I'm pretty sure a majority of right-wingers agree with that.

So perhaps this should be a key part of any immigration reform that comes out of Washington.

500 equals 6,300?

But can we really deduce the extent of the U.S.’s torture practices from only 500 redacted pages of the original 6,300 page report? It seems that the U.S. simply wants to weasel its way out of a tight spot.


Citizens United and Constitutional Amendments

Thom backs amending the Constitution on his show. I've only recently become aware that there are several proposals for amendments floated. Which wording does Thom back? I'm working on a National League of Women Voters committee, considering actions for money in politics and want to learn more about this. Respond here or to

FOR THE RECORD: Why 'illegal immigrant' is a slur

Why 'illegal immigrant' is a slur

(CNN) -- Last month's Supreme Court decision in the landmark Arizona immigration case was groundbreaking for what it omitted: the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," except when quoting other sources. The court's nonjudgmental language established a humanistic approach to our current restructuring of immigration policy.

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

By Deborah Davies

Immigration, Presidential Power, China, Detroit

So, exactly how much power does a President have over who gets visas and what types?

"President Barack Obama announced Monday that the U.S. and China have agreed to a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy for tourists and businessmen."

Number One

The U.S. shows the world what it means to be number one. [quote]

US Gun Sales Soar in November Following Ferguson Protests, Black Friday

13:16 03.12.2014


Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism

Recently searching the Business Roundtable’s website for future Corpo-Fascist activism. I found this recently drafted letter (link below) from Michigan Governor and current president of the BRT John Engler to the U.S. Sectaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor. This letter strongly condemns recent legal action taken up by EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) on behalf of employees subjected to unreasonable, unjustifiable and unconstitutional penalties imbedded in the employers “Wellness Programs”.

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax by Richard Maybury

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

By Richard J. Maybury

Each year at this time, schoolchildren all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what

Black Friday Deaths

How many will die from fatal shopping this year?

Will the new open on Thanksgiving save customer's lives?

Employees don't deserve holidays anyhow.

How many toy guns look real enough to get more customers killed? Kids are now allowed to be killed, too, so maybe Kevlar vests should be part of a shopper's uniform. How about stun guns to get on top of the pile and over, like a quarterback leap?

Is shopping a contact sport or all out war?

Would it be immoral to offer a betting pool to pick the number killed or injured?

Would Dems Be For "Immigration Reform" If Latinos Were Going To Vote GOP And Not Join Unions?

Dems and Libs seem to concentrate on what they claim are some moral arguments for immigration reform. I suspect this narrative is a figleaf designed to sell a policy that has more cynical political goals... that is the hope that most Latinos will vote Democratic. No doubt the labor unions like the SEIU think such reforms might also bolster their numbers. Are both counting on a Latino backlash against the GOP?

So would Dems and Libs be for the proposed comprehensive "Immigration Reform" if they knew Latinos were going to vote GOP or were anti-union?

If You Were Redesigning Our Holiday System From Scratch... What would YOUR Choices Be?

The current federal holidays are

Martin Luther King Birthday
Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

And I don't think they make much sense... largely because they leave so many other important themes unrecognized.

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The Middle Class Needs More Than Talking Points

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been talking a lot about the middle class. But, that talk is cheap as long as their in bed with Wall Street.

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