Tag Archives: Criminal Justice

The Republican Party’s Opportunity to Engage Black Voters

An ironic tragedy of Barack Obama’s presidency is how the economic prospects of black Americans are worse today than when he entered office; the black unemployment rate currently sits at 9.5%, double the national average and worse than the 5% rate prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Under President Obama, black Americans have yet to recover wealth lost during the recession. Furthermore, recent fatal police encounters between black teens in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, and Cleveland have prompted blacks to reconsider their generation-long allegiance to the Democratic Party. For too long Democrats have taken the black vote for granted but have done very little to reverse black America’s economic decline or to rehabilitate America’s broken criminal justice system, an issue that disproportionately affects the black community. This confluence of events provides Republicans the opportunity to reengage with black voters. Specifically, Republicans can leverage their positions on school choice, criminal justice reform and occupational licensing to make the case to black voters that the GOP can most effectively serve the economic and social interests of the black community.

Read the rest on Huffpost Black Voices, here.

Criminal justice reform: Why hasn’t more been done?

The popular maxim in the political world of Washington D.C. is that nothing gets done.

But one issue that all sides seem to agree on is the need for criminal justice reform.

Because of this solidarity, there is now a gleaming light of freedom on the horizon for the thousands of unfairly imprisoned people across the country.

That is why it is critical that both the general public and elected officials continue to embrace The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, which is a vital step forward for restoring faith in the American justice system.

Read the rest on The Hill, here.

The Koch brothers find common ground with…Bernie Sanders?

Charles Koch, the billionaire oil industrialist and favorite bogeyman of the left, penned a surprising op-ed in the Washington Post last week about Bernie Sanders:

The senator is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field.

I agree with him.

Despite the radically different politics held by the two men, Koch seems to believe that libertarians and progressives can find common ground on many hot-button issues, like cronyism and criminal justice reform. On the former, Koch explains how the federal tax code’s $1.5 trillion of exemptions favor rich individuals and companies at the expense of the poor. On the latter, Koch points out the nonsensicalness of locking up low-income minorities for nonviolent “crimes” like possession of marijuana.

Read the rest on Rare, here.