The crackdown from 25 years ago represents what the current showdown is all about. There is a lot of discussion about the "new China" and how the administrations of President Xi Jinping and his predecessor Hu Jintao have taken big steps to modernize the country. But the question remains: Is China any closer to substantive political reform? Read the entire piece here.
By all rights, the GOP should be walking away with the mid-term elections, a shoo-in to capture the Senate and even make gains in the House, which they already hold by a comfortable margin.
After all, the job environment remains dismal. According to the union-backed Economic Policy Institute, if you are a recent college grad, your chances of being unemployed or underemployed are 25 percent. If you are a recent high school grad not going to college, those odds rise to 63 percent.
It is not much better for women and minorities. The number of women and minorities employed in the United States is all but unchanged since the Democrats took over the government in 2009. The incomes of both have dropped.
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Allan Golombek has more than 20 years communications experience as a speechwriter, journalist, and public affairs consultant. His work has encompassed such public policy issues as financial and banking regulation, health care, trade, justice and criminal law reform, and housing.
A former White House aide to President Reagan, Eileen Doherty has years of experience in corporate communications strategy and public policy analysis.
One of the founding directors of the White House Writers Group, Joshua Gilder served President Reagan as a senior speechwriter from early 1985 until mid-1988.