Bob Shire's Political Update Mark 1

Bob Shire

I went to look for the full text of the President's executive order related to refugees issued on Friday that has been (appropriately, given both the content and implementation challenges) causing some reaction and consternation all weekend. However, this executive order is not on the White House website, and the archive.org Wayback Machine suggests it has never been there. Fortunately, some good folks on Reddit (which I do not frequent, but perhaps should) found a different official source at the virtual U.S. Embassy to Iran. https://ir.usembassy.gov/protecting-nation-foreign-terrori…/

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Protesters and Pro-Trump Supporters: Silence or Conversation?

Protesters and Pro-Trump Supporters: Silence or Conversation?

Lila Whitney 

It’s not that people feel like they’re being attacked, disenfranchised, ignored, threatened, etc.  They are.  In the last 48 hours there have been hundreds of thousands of reports of men grabbing the genitals women passing by, hijabs yanked off of heads, bricks thrown through livingroom windows reading GO HOME, storefronts and public buildings marked with swastikas and promising the rise of white supremacy once again.

 

Don’t stop talking.  Don’t shut anyone out.  Yes, I have a cushy perspective being a white, cis gendered woman, but I hate this too. I know that this only touches the very tip of the iceberg that is the fear of a Trump presidency, but we will continue to have those conversations for a long time. 

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The Great White Messiah

Patrick Fontes 

 

From the very start of Trump’s candidacy, those on the opposite side have been dumbfounded how a man lacking gravitas—remember that buzzword? —could capture such a large portion of America. We laughed at the absurd demagogue as he spewed one inappropriate remark after another, thinking to ourselves that any day, he would fall away into obscurity. Trump has denigrated war heroes, made racist remarks against Mexicans and the disabled, and has called one of his daughters “a nice piece of ass,” among a host of other verbal assaults. We laughed out of nervousness; we laughed because we thought he was an idiot. Yet he still stands, and no one is laughing any longer. Across the nation, the tension is palpable.

 

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Trumped, America’s Hitler

Trumped, America’s Hitler

We the People have elected Hitler, our Hitler.

 

When my future daughter asks me about this election—probably somewhere between when she’s eleven and sixteen, I bet she’ll say something like this: “But he was on trial for raping a 13-year-old. How could people still vote for him.”

I imagine my answer will be something along the lines of: “Because people were afraid to elect a woman more than they were a terrible man. History showed us you could be a man and do whatever you want, and people would let you get away with it if you were a star. He was a star, and he preyed on people’s fear; fear of others, and fear of their future.”

 

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Our Political Future

Our Political Future

  If Mr. Donald Trump wins, what changes do you think we can expect in Politics?

First and foremost, the Republican Party will have to grapple with its identity. If Mr. Trump’s model is successful, then the Party will have to determine whether it is going to be a nationalist, populist, anti-elite party, whether it will continue to promote the interests of business elites and religious conservatives, or if it is big enough to house both?

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Rapid Reaction: Presidential Debate Number 1

Rapid Reaction: Presidential Debate Number 1

Bob Shire

These candidates appear to get their information from entirely different worlds. Both suffer from being influenced by the echo chambers of their portions of the political spectrum and the day-to-day campaign arguments consumed and proffered by their staff. The fact checkers have been busy tonight. The debate also went very quickly, despite running long, as these candidates clearly had bottled up a lot of things to say to one another.

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Political Interview with Bob Shire

Political Interview with Bob Shire

1 .      Pro-Trump candidates for congress have not been doing well in congressional primary polls. What do you think the effect of Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Candidate will have the on the congressional elections this year? Will it hurt Republicans? Do you foresee a Democratic majority in the House and Senate this year?

Overall, a drag at the top of the ticket is never good down-ballot. Voters tend to know less about candidates as they move from the presidential level to the gubernatorial, congressional, state legislative, and local levels, simply because of the press coverage afforded to candidates who are vying for more voters’ attentions. 

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Primary Visions: A Tale Of Two Parties

Primary Visions: A Tale Of Two Parties

Bob Shire

In late July , the Republicans and Democrats wrapped up their conventions. The conventions were early this year; they either have to be before or after the Olympics every four years, and the parties decided to hold their respective weeklong television events back-to-back in July rather than in late August and early September. While it had been effectively over for more than a month, the conventions brought the primary season to an official close with the nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The similarities did not end there, but they thin out very quickly.

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Obama Regulating A Tenuous Legacy With Overtime Rules

Obama Regulating A Tenuous Legacy With Overtime Rules

Bob Shire

Last month, the Obama Administration announced substantial reforms to the rules governing how U.S. workers are paid for overtime work. The new rules raise the income cap for those workers required to receive overtime payment working over 40 hours a week from $23,660, set in 2004, to $47,476. The new rule also, rather than simply setting a level which will need to be updated later, pegs the cap to the 40th percentile of full-time, salaried worker earnings in the lowest-wage Census region (a distinction currently held by the South). While the current four Census districts are likely too large and could use some revision, this peg adjusts the wage cap level to roughly match inflation, with sensitivity to lagging regions, every three years. The cap will not be higher for wealthier regions, but businesses in rural northern Alabama will not have to pay workers more because of soaring wages in San Francisco or New York City. The new rule takes effect December 1, 2016, which the Administration says gives businesses time to adjust and comply.

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