Guest Dispatch: “A Republic if we can keep it”

By Guillermo Vallejo Get the bottles of champagne ready to go.  A debt deal “solution” was finally reached.  Hopefully, you see through the media hype and realize this solution was no solution at all.  For weeks we heard most pundits appeal to bipartisanship, civility and pragmatism.  Our political leaders claim that they have reached a …

A Season of Political and Policy Opportunity Awaits

As far as political theatre goes, the pre-debt ceiling gameshow was fair to good. I think most Americans were confused, exhausted and not all that interested in the day to day antics. We’ll see what the beltway news reports today and tomorrow on how it all came together the past few days. It is not a …

The Debt Limit Debate, A Prelude

If you think you’ve seen the last of the DC fiscal budget debates, this is just the beginning. Judging by the media coverage this week, most commentators and financial analysts may know a lot about money, but little about policymaking and politics. Capitol Hill has its own special tune and folks on the outside (i.e., …

Around Town this Week, Blue State Jell-O

I am not sure what was most amusing event this week, the media coverage of the weather or the debt ceiling talks. I vote for the weather. The President took to the Blue Goose presidential lectern yesterday, in shock, that the Speaker of the House had “walked away” from the debt ceiling talks. Boehner did …

Political Boogeymen, Hyenas, and Talismans

A political feeding frenzy is about to begin and it may seem like the Democrats are steps ahead. The Republicans, however, may be handed what amounts to rhetorical manna: frank talk.It is now very clear, for any one who cares to see it, that what was supposed to be a budget deal last week was …