Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - 2013
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. There will be an administrative "train wreck," we're told; consumers will face a terrible shock. Republicans, one hears, are already counting on the law's troubles to give them a big electoral advantage.
Fifty years after poverty in America briefly became a front-burner issue on our nation’s political agenda, it’s time to move it off the back burner again.
Even as those at the top of our society have grown fabulously richer, those in the economic middle have seen their incomes stagnate and fall, opportunities decline, and poverty become — not about someone else — but about them.
Like many others in our business, Jonathan Alter says he is "on fire" about the Justice Department's snooping on reporters and attempting to criminalize investigative journalism, including labeling respected Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen a "co-conspirator" in a leak investigation.
No doubt: Barack Obama has what it takes to be a terrific law student. It's less clear those are the ingredients of a successful president.
A great law student excels at reading the fact pattern on an exam and spotting the legal issues. The student then analyzes the situation and presents the pros and cons of each side in a dispassionate, balanced way.
There’s an almost biblical irony to Oklahoma’s latest tornado disaster. Not a funny irony, but the grim, tragic kind so common to acts of God.
Four months before this twister, five of Oklahoma’s seven members of Congress — including both of its senators — all Republicans, had voted against a bill providing funds to states hit by Superstorm Sandy. They thought that the money, $50 billion of it, should come from cuts in other federal programs, not fresh borrowing.
President Barack Obama likes doing the big things. This is, after all, the man who claimed that his victorious 2008 campaign was "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
He was roundly (and rightly) derided for the grandiosity of that statement. But it's true that he has done some big things well: speeches, health-care reform, even bipartisan gestures, as Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey can attest.
Wealth and power bring this curse,
Air and water ever worse.
Whether a country’s capitalist or communist, a dictatorship or a democracy, it makes no difference to Mother Nature.
If Michele Bachmann leaves Congress, does that mean the end of the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act? That was pretty much my favorite Michele Bachmann piece of legislation.
"President Bachmann will allow you to buy any light bulb you want," she had vowed during her campaign for the Republican nomination in 2012. Nobody got into the issue of repressive lighting efficiency standards in quite the same way.
When you're young, three years seems like a lifetime. The difference between 15 and 18, or 18 and 21; the difference between a 2-year-old and a kindergartner; the difference between the first date and the wedding.
It's been three years since my beloved friend Kath died. It feels like yesterday.