Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - 2013
Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan made a startling prediction in her controversial best-seller, "The Feminine Mystique." If American housewives would embark on lifelong careers, she claimed, they would be happier and healthier, their marriages would be more satisfying, and their children would thrive.
So when a woman is rolling in millions and has no need to work ever again, what does she do?
Festoon herself with Birkin bags? Deck herself in Tiffany's Gatsby baubles? Revamp a villa in Tuscany?
Not Patty Stonesifer.
If one could paint a portrait of America under the leadership of today’s fiscal disservatives, it would be the sorry scene in the Skagit River 60 miles north of Seattle.
There, a section of the bridge conveying Interstate 5 soaks like a tea bag tossed in the brine.
A generation ago, Japan was widely admired - and feared - as an economic paragon. Business best-sellers put samurai warriors on their covers, promising to teach you the secrets of Japanese management; thrillers by the likes of Michael Crichton portrayed Japanese corporations as unstoppable juggernauts rapidly consolidating their domination of world markets.
How can it be that with Washington simmering in scandals, with Republicans (not to mention talk-show hosts) using the "I" word (impeachment) with abandon, with calls to bring back Ken Starr (of Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky fame), President Obama's job approval rating is holding steady at around 50 percent, thank you very much?
Let's discuss how much better Congress would work if most of the members were women.
Republicans are not alone in their outrage that the IRS singled out tea party groups for extra scrutiny on their applications for nonprofit status. Nobody likes to be profiled.
Here's the White House view of the current trilogy of so-called scandals: Republicans are trying to destroy President Barack Obama's second term by magnifying bureaucratic miscues and distorting policy realities. This isn't without some merit.