Tuesday December 10, 2013
Archive - Jun 2013
It was a kneejerk reaction to a kneejerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
Rush, a Chicago Democrat, slammed suburban Republican Kirk's proposal to round up all of the estimated 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago's largest street gang.
In this graduation season, I thought I'd share the best advice I ever received: You can't make a mistake before you're 30.
Granted, there are a few things wrong with this advice.
First, it's ambiguous. The intended meaning is not zero tolerance for youthful error -- quite the opposite. The point is that youth and early adulthood is the time for some -- since I have teenage daughters, emphasis on the some -- risk-taking and experimentation.
It looks as though we jackals of the “lamestream media” won’t have Michele Bachmann to kick around anymore.
With just a hint of Nixonian rancor in her voice, she announced — via a lengthy YouTube rant in the middle of the night a short while ago — she would not seek reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. More’s the pity.
"Spread the word about President Obama's plan to provide high-quality preschool for every kid in America," twittered the White House on Wednesday. We all know that nothing on the planet compares to the awesome power of social media. But it may require more than a hashtag to bring this one home.
In the unlikely event that Mark Pryor wins re-election as Arkansas' senior U.S. senator in 2014, he should send New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a thank-you gift. Something like a sugary 44-ounce Big Gulp or a case of Dr. Pepper. Offering His Honor a 30.06 deer rifle would be churlish.
Who would have thought after all these years that the Republicans would turn to Richard Nixon for political advantage?
That's what GOP congressmen appear to be doing in their current effort to equate the Obama administration's IRS scandal with the vindictive behavior of our most disgraced president four decades ago.
Rape without consequence starts early in the military, if you believe the woman in a case now wending its way through the U.S. Naval Academy.
So, are you convinced yet? Do you need any more proof that college presidents are not qualified to run a major entertainment industry like college football and men's basketball? That whatever their academic and fundraising skills, they are in over their heads whenever they involve themselves in the $6 billion-and-counting business that big-time college sports has become? Besides, don't they have other things to do?
All of a sudden, almost everybody — in Congress at least — seems to want to talk about the IRS. Fine. We need a good debate about taxes. But let’s have a debate that zooms in on the core issues. Like who’s paying taxes in America today and who isn’t. Interested in a debate along these lines? A good place to start just might be a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on “tax expenditures.”