Immigration Today: How the Laws are Changing and Why

For more than a decade, United States immigration policy has been at the forefront of a fierce legislation battle. While both sides of the political aisle have traditionally focused immigration enforcement rather than immigration reform, years of inflated enforcement spending with few results to show for it have led public opinion to shift in favor of more effective alternatives.… [Read more]

Congress Calls for Lung Cancer Screening Test Expansion Under Medicare

Preventative care is all the buzz these days in the medical field.  

Think about it: every so often, you take your car in for a tune up so as to hopefully prevent serious problems from occurring down the road. Maybe the mechanic will notice something’s slightly loose in your engine and tighten it. Had he or she not done that, a few more miles of wear and tear and your engine might have overheated—with you bearing the brunt of the bill.… [Read more]

Make Them Eat Cake

The US House of Representatives voted to defund  $40 billion dollars from the SNAP program of food assistance for the poorest of the poor. SNAP, better known as the food stamps assistance program, is claimed by some in the House to be a program steeped in fraud.   That’s right — people are stealing a whopping $4.50 a day and some people are getting fat off food stamps, making them lazy.… [Read more]

Weiner (or, at least, some part of him) is back in the news

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is back in the news. When Weiner left his political office under a cloud of shame due to a ‘sexting’ scandal, he was clear that there were other shady pictures that could make their way to the public’s attention. That day has come.

“This behavior is behind me,” said Weiner in a statement that he released today.… [Read more]

Pass the ‘Fiscal Conservative’ Grey Poupon

As a political writer, my antennae always quiver to pick up blatant hypocrisy in elected politicians. The “do as I say, not as I do” mob on Capitol Hill never fails to provide madcap manna. Often, the quirky quarry are found in the oddest places.

Congress looks like America, or at least like the Hamptons on Long Island as far as wealth goes, with more multimillionaires to shake a ‘Murrican Exceptionalism stick at.… [Read more]

Going Around in Circles

The title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that came to mind several times, one of which was during President Obama’s press conference at which he talked about progress being made in states that have accepted the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

If the states would allow for the Medicare expansion, and let the ACA do what it’s supposed to do, the forces of competition will help to do what is currently happening in California: insurance companies working within the healthcare exchanges and their exorbitant premiums are competitive.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Should There Be a Mandatory Retirement Age for the House and Senate?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Should there be a mandatory retirement age for the House and Senate? This Congressional Afterlife Country Club I joined is letting just anyone and everyone in.  I’m thinking of coming back from the dead and running for office in South Carolina.

Regards, Even though I hate your work and everything about you, The Hoovering-Around-The-Set-Of-A Scooby-Doo™-Cartoon Ghost Of Jesse Helms.… [Read more]

Bye, Bye Bachmann

Sometimes insomnia is a bane for political columnists. At other times, though, it’s a blessing. Of course, not being Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, I did have to carefully check to see if breaking wee hours news that Tea Party doyenne Rep. Michele “Fact-Free Diet” Bachmann (R-Minn.)’s local video announcement that she would not be seeking a fifth term in Congress did not have a byline from The Onion, Daily Currant, or a late night comedy writer.… [Read more]

Benghazi Buffoonery

The continuing Benghazi debacle on Capitol Hill has all the marks of a Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood blockbuster. Starring the Marx Brothers.

“Impeachment,” hinted Sen. James “Lousy Okie Pilot” Inhofe (R-Okla.) as he made another pass at Runway ‘X’ and as construction workers scurried to safety. Inhofe is still mad at the Federal Aviation Administration for questioning his airmanship skills.… [Read more]

Can anyone imagine Congress taking a pay cut?

President Obama’s salary and pension may be exempt from sequestered cuts but that hasn’t stopped him from taking the same cut that other federal employees are being subjected to due to budget sequestration. Today, it was announced that the POTUS plans to return 5% of his $400,000 annual salary in response to and in support of federal workers who are going to be furloughed.… [Read more]