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2020 candidates need policy ideas about presidential executive actions - Vox
Harris simply declines to say what she thinks an optimal legislative framework for regulating (or not) sex work would be. The district attorney of San Francisco has an important role in the operation of law enforcement in the city, but the role does not include the ability to unilaterally rewrite criminal statutes. She instead talks about what policy changes she made that were in the scope of her authority as DA and explicates at least some of her larger perspective on the issue — namely that the burden of enforcement should not fall on the sex workers themselves.

I don’t know anything about this issue and don’t really know if that’s a smart perspective, but it’s a smart kind of answer, because Harris is talking about how the practice of policymaking works. Specific people with specific authority do specific things. And while the president certainly has some ability to shape legislation and set the congressional agenda, fundamentally the main powers of office are elsewhere. The president vetoes bills, appoints judges, and runs the executive branch.
politics  theory  presidency 
8 weeks ago by gsanders
Elizabeth Warren’s Excellent Ideas | Current Affairs
An article detailing a big part of the reason I like Elizabeth Warren so much. She's running on actual policy, and has put policies out there for scrutiny.
politics  warren  democrats  presidency  policy  primary  2019 
12 weeks ago by Brandonshire
Mattis and the grownups in the room: a myth - Vox
His role in the Trump administration was fundamentally similar. Say you’re a CEO who feels conflicted about the Trump administration. On the one hand, the fact that he’s in office helps make you richer pre-tax through lax regulation and post-tax by lavishing rich people like you with tax cuts. On the other hand, you might worry that having a wildly unfit president in office poses some downside risks. Well, you think to yourself, it’s all good because Mattis is around.

That’s a convenient rationalization, and it is upon dozens of such rationalizations that Trump’s continued hold on power is built. The reality is that Mattis or no Mattis, Trump is the president, and Trump says and does wildly inappropriate things all the time. It’s a scary situation, and people ought to know exactly how scary it is.
presidency  DoD 
december 2018 by gsanders

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