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Poll shows GOP gaining on Dems

September 7th, 2010 in Politics 0 comments

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows the GOP gaining on Democrats heading into the midterm elections. Political Science professor Graham Wilson, author of  “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” offers his view.

” Obama is the victim of two totally unrealistic expectations, one of which he encouraged himself. One is that the U.S. economy could recover in 18 months from the economic disaster he inherited from Bush. The other unrealistic expectation Obama himself created was that simply because he had been elected, our political system would work differently.”

Contact Graham Wilson, , 617-353-2540, gkwilson@bu.edu

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Brown gets reform bill changed

June 30th, 2010 in Banks 0 comments

Scott_BrownBy threatening to withhold his vote for the final compromise, Massachusetts GOP U.S. Senator Scott Brown (l.) got the Democratic negotiators on the financial regulatory reform bill to delete a $19 billion fee on large financial institutions to cover costs of implementing the new law.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says the Dems missed the boat by labeling the charge a “tax,” making it vulnerable to read-meat ideological attacks.

“Pure and simple, their charge should be labeled for what it is — a return of the subsidy that taxpayers bestow on the too-big-to-fail banks every day by pledging to their creditors and depositors that if the big banks go bust we collectively will pick up the tab.  Senator Brown would have a difficult time refuting this framing of the discussion.”

Contact Cornelius Hurley, 617-353-5427, ckhurley@bu.edu

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Ban on "soft money" reaffirmed

June 29th, 2010 in Politics 0 comments

political contributionsThe Supreme Court has reaffirmed the ban on political parties being able to raise unlimited amounts of “soft money” contributions, despite the high court’s ruling in January which removed restrictions on corporate and union spending in federal elections.  The Republic Party had appealed to the court to undo the ban.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Business and Politics,” says whether soft money was really used as originally intended for “party building” rather than helping candidates, it’s reasonable to presume that corruption could be linked to soft money contributions.

“But the GOP is right to say that if you allow unfettered spending by corporations and ban soft money contributions to political parties, you are going to disadvantage parties and have more of the action coming from special interests.  Whether that is good for democracy can be questioned.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540, gkwilson@bu.edu

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Senate primary lessons

May 19th, 2010 in Politics 0 comments

voting boothU.S. Senate primaries — with Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter defeated in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln forced into a run-off, and a hand-picked GOP candidate beaten by Tea Party favored candidate Rand Paul in Kentucky — may indicate an anti-incumbent mood in the country.  But political science Professor Graham Wilson cautions that the Specter loss proves no national trend and the Democrats also saved the late John Murtha’s House seat in Pennsylvania where the Republicans seemed favored.

“However, Paul’s victory does show that within the Republican party the tea party movement is a real force, one that might result in the GOP being encumbered with far right conservative candidates in the November elections.  It’s like the reverse image of the McGovernites taking over the Democratic Party in the 1970s.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540, gkwilson@bu.edu

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