Friday September 04, 2015
April 16th, 2015
Some people foolishly believe the purpose of a college education is to further one’s education. To explore new cultures and views. Perhaps to help make a difference in the world.
They, of course, are wrong.
The purpose of going to college is to party, make contacts, and get a job.
Indianapolis may go down in history as the Gettysburg of the culture wars, the place where forces flying the flags of modernism, diversity and individual rights outflanked the would-be upholders of traditional values, forced them into a tactical retreat - and maybe even set them on the road to long-term defeat.
As Republican presidential hopefuls trot out their policy agendas - which always involve cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor and middle class - some real new thinking is happening on the other side of the aisle. Suddenly, it seems, many Democrats have decided to break with Beltway orthodoxy, which always calls for cuts in "entitlements." Instead, they're proposing that Social Security benefits actually be expanded.
The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party.
New York and San Francisco are expensive places to live. That's a big problem for the nation because these cities are centers for the booming knowledge economy. High housing costs discourage this growth.
No doubt, you were as impressed as I was to learn that McDonald's had voluntarily adopted a pay raise for employees in its fast-food restaurants. Hey, they're not so bad after all, I naively thought. What an enlightened company. What generous and compassionate leadership. And what fools we all were.
One hundred and fifty years ago Thursday, after Union infantry effectively encircled the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee sent a note to Ulysses S. Grant proposing a meeting to discuss terms of surrender. With that, the Civil War began to end.
And at some point in the future, it may yet.
So here's my question: Why would a conscientious citizen ever again trust anything published in Rolling Stone? To me, the diligent professors at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism went too easy on the magazine's reporters and editors.
There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons.
If you’re a convicted felon, very few Americans care about your plight. Can’t find a job or an apartment because of your record? Too bad, we tell them, you shouldn’t have committed a crime.
The implosion of a Rolling Stone story describing an alleged rape at the University of Virginia has dealt yet another blow to the American press, which was already held in suspicion and low regard among much of the nation's reading public.