Wednesday August 20, 2014
February 6th, 2014
When President Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday evening, his way was that of a politically moderate, temperamentally optimistic Democratic governor. He offered a long list of relatively modest but helpful programs that many voters will warm to and Republicans ought to have a hard time opposing.
This just in: John McCain -- too liberal for the Republican Party. Guilty as charged, and as pronounced last week by state committee members of the Arizona Republican Party. They voted to censure the state's senior senator, and is anyone surprised?
McCain's crimes: insufficiently pure thought, and collaboration with
We have to face the ugliness and deal with it.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn couldn't, and because of that, one tragedy became another and another. And yes, the Senate staffer is a victim - and an abuser, too.
Loskarn, 35, spoke from the grave this week in a sad, searing letter he apparently wrote before hanging himself in his parents' basement.
“It’s been a bit cold here,” my dad told me on a recent phone call. He lives in Chicago; I’m in San Diego. The next time I turned on the news, I saw headlines screaming “Polar Vortex!” with sub-zero temperatures across the Midwest.
So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago.
Oh, I guess we knew that the housing market is recovering and unemployment is down, and some baby boomers are actually beginning to retire. But it hardly feels like morning in America.
The political profile of economic inequality in America has certainly been growing. So has the political confusion over what overcoming inequality will take. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union address may only add to that confusion.
Obama could — and should — have declared a clear and compelling agenda for combating the concentration of income and wealth that has left America so staggeringly unequal.
Against all odds, prekindergarten is gaining ground.
President Barack Obama called again in his State of the Union address for Congress to support high-quality preschool for all, noting that 30 states are already moving ahead on this front (including New York).
Will our fossil-fueled economy make humans go the way of the dinosaurs?
There are plenty of reasons to think so. Coal, oil, and gas continue to account for 87 percent of global energy consumption despite scientific consensus that drastic change is essential for avoiding a climate catastrophe.
So, we’d better heed one of Barack Obama’s most memorable declarations in his State of the Union address:
Male lawmakers should not even vote on abortion.
That was Alan Simpson's position before the Wyoming Republican retired from the Senate -- and it still is.
Abortion is a "terrible" and "hideous thing," as I recently heard him reiterate in a seminar on the federal budget at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. "But it's a deeply intimate and personal thing. ... Men legislators shouldn't even vote on it."
The Republican Party spent much of its winter meeting last week adopting reforms suggested by its 2013 selfie, which was a snapshot of all that is wrong with the party ("scary," "narrow minded," dominated by "stuffy old men," and unlikely to win nationally unless it attracts minorities and women).