He needs to broaden the message out when talking about immigration, to make it an economic issue as much as it is a question of the rule of law, have a broader message and have a more intense message.Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush • Putting his experience with voters in Florida to good use by giving Mitt Romney some advice on how to handle the state. We know, now more than ever, that Bush will not be anyone’s running mate in this election, but that doesn’t stop him from giving his two cents. He goes on to say: “Great countries should be able to control their borders, plain and simple, and we haven’t done it to the extent that we should, although there has been significant improvement in the last seven, eight years — also because we’ve had a lot fewer people trying to cross the border, because our economy stinks.” source (via • follow)
I wish they weren’t called the ‘Bush tax cuts.’Former President George W. Bush, revealing that the his most prominent remaining namesake in national politics is one he’d rather not have. That’s not to say he has any regrets about his tax-cutting ethos — much to the contrary, his speech was insisting on more money left in the hands of upper-income earners — but he believes that with a less polarizing name attached, there’d be less risk of the rates going back up. That’s pretty honest self-awareness, all things considered.
If your baseline is the Bush years, it’s night and day. If your baselines are a set of first principles, as the ACLU calls for, or as us openness advocates call for, then your situation is: Is the glass half full or the glass half empty?Tom Blanton, director of GWU’s National Security Archive • Discussing national security powers afforded to the Presidency, and the U.S. government. The impetus of this was the unearthing of a memo, authored back in 2006 by a Bush administration State Department counselor, Philip Zelikow. In it, he insists to the administration that their policy on waterboarding, among other things, amounted to a “felony.” The renewed conversation on American ethics and legal authority has shone a light on the Obama administration, as well, however. While the President publicly condemned waterboarding on his second day in office, his administration still employs extraordinary renditions, and his reluctance to renounce many of the broadened powers his predecessor accrued may set precedent, rendering what was once unique and limited the new functional norm. Says Jameel Jaffer, national security expert for the ACLU: “The administration has clearly disavowed torture, and that is an important and welcome thing. But they’re steadily building a framework for impunity.” source (via • follow)