Month: November 2012

Changing Demographics Influencing US Politics

Republicans suffered a major electoral defeat in 2012. Barack Obama remains president, and the Republican establishment is reeling. From party leaders to the rank-and-file, Republicans are busy picking through the ruins of defeat — and planning their next moves. Historic demographic changes underline 2012 as a turning point in America’s electoral profile. Latino and other non-white voters now […]

The Fiscal Cliff Gives Republicans a Chance to Save Face

When the US Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, it offered an unwanted final solution to the perennial problem of deficit spending: if Congress could not agree on a plan to reduce the budget, then automatic spending cuts and tax increases would do it for them. The deal was designed to compel an agreement between the parties by threatening […]