Friday September 04, 2015
October 23rd, 2014
We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators.
"Will it never end?" seems to be the question on the minds of most of us. I refer to this political campaign or campaigns. That attitude has invaded even the conscience of us political junkies. Think what it must seem like to the many who were never that interested in politics in the first place.
The political world is all atwitter over the decision by the Denver Post, in most years a reliably Democratic newspaper, to endorse Republican Cory Gardner for the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall.
Let's make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts -- especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- agree to get their stories straight.
All these photo scandals we're talking about? They aren't really about the nudie pics.
These aren't just dirty old men who want to see bare breasts and thighs.
Et tu, CDC?
For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been the most trusted agency in the federal government. In 2003, when Gallup did a survey to determine what the public thought of various federal agencies, the CDC topped the list, with 66 percent of respondents describing it as "excellent" or "good."
The New York Times report that the George W. Bush administration discovered old chemical bombs and rockets in Iraq and withheld the knowledge "from troops it sent into harm's way" is an echo of the discussion over alleged new weapons of mass destruction that triggered its 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In this age of public disgust with politicians, it's not surprising that Larry Pressler is within striking distance of winning the open Senate seat in South Dakota by riding a campaign to clean up Washington.
Young Americans are just not into driving the way their elders are or did at their age. They are less likely to own cars or use cars. The drives they do are shorter. Meanwhile, the bus is looking good to them.
Tom Wolf's mood is sunny but his words are serious.