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    Just Get Rid of the Filibuster Entirely

    In the past, I have always supported the ability of a minority of U.S. Senators to filibuster legislation.  But things have now gotten to the point where 41 Senators routinely use it to get anything and everything they want; all they have to do is refuse to fund some important government function like homeland security until they get whatever makes them happy, or whatever makes | Read More »

    Grexit

    Tomorrow (Friday), we will find out whether Greece exits the eurozone, which the media has dubbed “Grexit.”  The crucial meeting will be occurring in Brussels.  Economists are divided about whether a Grexit would be a yawner for the global economy, or will instead make the Lehman Brothers failure look like a picnic. So far, Germany has insisted that Greece must continue to take severe austerity | Read More »

    A Simple Way Out of the Predicament Regarding Nomination Filibusters

    There is currently a big debate among GOP Senators about whether to overturn the Democratic Senators’ recent elimination of most nomination filibusters.  Some in the GOP are concerned that allowing the Democratic Senators’ precedent to stand could endanger filibusters of legislation as well, because the so-called “nuclear option” might be used in the future to completely eliminate the filibuster.  However, many others in the GOP | Read More »

    Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Romney’s Unwise Fib in 2011

    The great basketball player (and actor) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has an essay in Time Magazine this month: “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: American Politicians Are A Greater Threat to Democracy Than ISIS.”  Here’s an excerpt: There’s no shortage of examples of political ads that lie, but one of the most memorable came from the Mitt Romney presidential campaign in 2011 in which they showed a clip of Barack Obama | Read More »

    Let’s Get a SOFA and a Congressional Resolution Before Increasing Attacks Upon ISIS in Iraq

    President Obama recently said this about a status of forces agreement (SOFA):  “What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government. So let’s just be clear: The reason that we did not have a follow-on | Read More »

    The Equal Protection Clause Versus What SCOTUS Says It Means

    I’m pleased to say that I have an article forthcoming in the Southern University Law Review.   The article is titled “The Substantive Role of Congress Under the Equal Protection Clause,” and it is already online at this link to SSRN.   Here is the abstract: The authors of the Fourteenth Amendment deliberately wrote that no state can deny the equal protection “of the laws” rather | Read More »

    A Way Out of the Abortion Nightmare

    Personally, I would dislike laws that ban abortion before the embryo becomes a fetus, at about two months from conception (a.k.a. fertilization).   But I would support new laws that generally ban abortion (with limited exceptions) from that transition point to viability, preferably without prior restraints.  That is the policy I recommend, but if it is not possible then I would support a more extensive ban, | Read More »

    How to Relieve Overpopulation in China

    It’s quite clear that the United States now welcomes most people who want to come here illegally, but repels most people who want to come here legally.  This is part and parcel of the pathetic games being played in Washington D.C. So bring on the Chinese.  That country’s government has long sought to contain an exploding population, and this is the perfect opportunity.  They could | Read More »

    The Federal Judiciary is Psychotic

    Out-0f-wedlock births in the United States have skyrocketed in recent decades.  Apparently, anyone who believes this is a social problem warranting government incentives for marriage, is a bigot unless equal incentives are given to gay couples.  In fact, I am supposedly a bigot for wanting to a use a different word for different kinds of couples, because it is bigoted to deny that there is | Read More »

    What’s Happening in Iraq is Mainly an Invasion

    Yes, there are many Iraqi Sunnis who are throwing in their lot with ISIS, but what’s happening is mainly an invasion of Iraq from Syrian territory.  Don’t believe the spin that this is primarily a “civil war”. ISIS, which is no less dangerous to the United States than Al Qaeda (from which it grew), was allowed to fester and grow in Syria.  Instead of choosing | Read More »


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