Rick Perry in USA Today on border security. The Governor of Texas continues to push for more resources on the U.S.-Mexican border, one day after meeting with President Obama about the issue. "The fact is, this is a crisis created by failed federal policy, and a lack of will to dedicate the resources necessary to secure the border, once and for all." Perry calls for National Guard troops, drone flights, and more funds to tackle the security problem. "Everything else is only treating a symptom of a much larger problem. And as we know with treating symptoms, the problems will continue until the root cause is resolved."
Noam Scheiber at The New Republic on Hillary Clinton's insulting rhetoric. It's become a common refrain among politicians that it takes a united effort to solve the problem of inequality, because "we are in it together." Scheiber says that is not even close to being true. "When it comes to inequality, the numbers show a tiny group of ultra-rich amassing a shockingly large and rapidly accelerating share of income and wealth.... The good news is that this means the bottom 99 percent of us are in some sense very much 'in this together.' But, in economic terms, we are emphatically not in it with the richest .1 percent or .01 percent." He also says that Hillary Clinton's adoption of this "consensus" idea suggests she's spent too much time with that .1 percent, or simply isn't interested in solving the problem. "If Hillary Clinton wants to take a pass on the plutocracy question, that’s entirely her right. But she should have the courtesy to level with us rather than insult our intelligence."