Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - 2013
It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster. But what kind of disaster was it? Was it a failure of management, messing up the initial implementation of a fundamentally sound policy? Or was it a demonstration that the Affordable Care Act is inherently unworkable?
I hear the case made against teaching cursive writing, and it tells me this: My third-grade teacher, Miss Coleman, wasted my instructional time.
And heretofore I thought her to be a wonderful lady.
School reformers are saying cursive instruction is pointless because 21st century technology has made it irrelevant.
The era of traumatized alienation is over. The U.S. and Iran have embarked on a new phase in their relationship. It is marked by bilateral negotiations, handshakes, smiles, side-by-side flags and significant compromise, including U.S. acquiescence to a "mutually defined enrichment program" for Iran in any long-term agreement and an Iranian commitment that "under no circumstances" will it "ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons."
The Uniform Athlete Agents Act was a bill drafted 13 years ago at the urging of the NCAA. The drafters were members of something called the Uniform Law Commission, whose job it is to propose model legislation that the states can then adopt if they so choose. Today, 41 states have the law, or some variant of it, on their books.
On this the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination conspiracy theories abound. Some of them actually sound plausible given the recent exposure of the actions of our more secretive agencies.
Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program. Following on his pullback from war with Syria and instead, successfully negotiating the destruction of that country's supply of chemical weapons, this is another bold step to fulfill the peacemaking promise that got him elected president in the first place.
It's called the "knockout game." It's violent, stupid and just plain wrong. It also has been wildly exaggerated.
Of course, that last part brings cold comfort to those who have been brutally attacked.
I dreamed of Peyton Manning.
In my dream, I was trying to shield him from the bitter wind in Foxborough. But he still looked like a frozen block of ice, with a red nose and watery eyes.
Yet it was so much better than my usual nightmares about President Ted Cruz that I wondered why I hadn't started watching football a long time ago.
The U.S.-led deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program is a great accomplishment on many levels. Begin with the most basic: What if the talks in Geneva had failed?
During the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, it's been hard to defend the law, much less to call it "great." But great it is -- for the American economy and for the American people, rich ones included.
The program has already succeeded in one of its key backbreaking missions: to curb the exploding costs of health care. The president's Council of Economic Advisers issued a report this month containing lots of good news on that front.