Saturday December 21, 2013
Archive - May 2013
A generation ago, Japan was widely admired - and feared - as an economic paragon. Business best-sellers put samurai warriors on their covers, promising to teach you the secrets of Japanese management; thrillers by the likes of Michael Crichton portrayed Japanese corporations as unstoppable juggernauts rapidly consolidating their domination of world markets.
How can it be that with Washington simmering in scandals, with Republicans (not to mention talk-show hosts) using the "I" word (impeachment) with abandon, with calls to bring back Ken Starr (of Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky fame), President Obama's job approval rating is holding steady at around 50 percent, thank you very much?
Let's discuss how much better Congress would work if most of the members were women.
Republicans are not alone in their outrage that the IRS singled out tea party groups for extra scrutiny on their applications for nonprofit status. Nobody likes to be profiled.
Here's the White House view of the current trilogy of so-called scandals: Republicans are trying to destroy President Barack Obama's second term by magnifying bureaucratic miscues and distorting policy realities. This isn't without some merit.
No one at the Catholic high school that fired Carla Hale in March claimed that she was anything less than a terrific physical education teacher and coach, devoted to the kids and adored by many of them.
No one accused her of bringing her personal life into the gym or onto the fields. By nature she's private. And she loved her job too much to risk it that way.
For those of us trying to sort out the debate over economic "austerity," there's a limit to what can be learned by inspecting the credentials of the contending economists.
The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists' phone records, perusing their emails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn't chilling, it's just plain cold.