Monday September 15, 2014
February 26th, 2014
The treatment helped. The patient is recovering. The doctor is still being accused of malpractice.
That, in a nutshell, is the story of the $800 billion stimulus package President Obama signed five years ago, the centerpiece of a code-blue effort to defibrillate the cratering economy.
Rarely in the annals of U.S. public policy has there been a greater disconnect between the real-world effect of legislation and its political-world perception.
When General Motors named Mary Barra the company’s new CEO in December, the announcement made instant headlines. No woman had ever steered a major global automaker.
But the hurrahs for GM’s historic hire turned into hoots of derision when a company filing revealed its new chief executive’s pay.
The esteemed political writer Charlie Cook recently produced a column titled "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?" Despite couching his thoughts with a mention that if Clinton were to run, she would be the same age as Ronald Reagan when he was first elected president, 69, he did venture over the sexism line.
The contrast could not be greater. Last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This year, we note the 50th anniversary of the election of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. One president is still revered, and rightly so. The other is still reviled, but unfairly so.
The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide for as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they'll achieve. And at its best, the law can help us to live together more harmoniously.
Five years have passed since President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - the "stimulus" - into law. With the passage of time, it has become clear that the act did a vast amount of good. It helped end the economy's plunge; it created or saved millions of jobs; it left behind an important legacy of public and private investment.
Ted Nugent, aka the Motor City Madman, an ex-rocker who's off his rocker, is at it again.
Last month Nugent said: