Opinion

Opinion

Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

The border was irrelevant to the 42 percent of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S., mostly at airports, with valid visas that they then overstayed. Spending on border security quadrupled in the 1990s, then tripled in the next decade. Net immigration of Mexicans has been negative for ten years.

Opinion

Mounting wave of GOP retirements signals trouble for Trump

So far, a record 31 Republicans are quitting the House. The last time so many exits occurred was 1994, President Clinton’s first midterms when 28 Democrats left, followed by the wave election of Newt Gingrich’s Republican Revolution. But if you think that automatically means a wave election, not so fast.

Opinion

The anti-Trump movement seems to be getting dumber

More anti-Trumpers seem to be telling themselves a “Madness of King George” narrative: Trump is a semiliterate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us. I’d like to think it’s possible to be fervently anti-Trump while also not reducing everything to a fairy tale.

Religion

A long record of women defying the status quo for a better world

During these dark days of winter, across the Jewish world, our lectionary carries us through Exodus, the second book in the Torah. This is deeply fitting, because when light is in short supply — both literally and metaphorically — the story of our liberation from Egyptian bondage provides hope and inspiration. The memory of our past deliverance can serve as a template for current and future resistance to oppression and injustice. And as 2018 opens, our nation is in dire need of such a course correction. Over the past year, our president and his administration have curtailed civil liberties, indulged in racism, xenophobia, misogyny and homophobia, gutted environmental protections, war-mongered, cut health care, and exacerbated the already grotesque abyss between rich and poor with a budget and tax bill that constitute a massive transfer of wealth to the one percent, funded through a large increase in the national debt.

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