Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - 2013
Spend any time around monetary officials and one word you'll hear a lot is "normalization." Most though not all such officials accept that now is no time to be tightfisted, that for the time being credit must be easy and interest rates low. Still, the men in dark suits look forward eagerly to the day when they can go back to their usual job, snatching away the punch bowl whenever the party gets going.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel spoke on the phone for 90 minutes the other day. Wow - 90 minutes! I wonder if Obama has ever spoken to John Boehner for 90 minutes?
When members of Congress debate whether to slash the food stamp program, they should ask if they really want more small children arriving at school having skipped breakfast.
As it is, in the last few days of the month before food stamps are distributed, some children often eat less and have trouble focusing, says Kisha Hill, a teacher in a high-poverty prekindergarten school in North Tulsa, Okla.
It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: "I'm not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time."
Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let's celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger -- and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.
That last phrase, used by George H. W. Bush in 1988 when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination, has become a cliche. But it was also a pledge. And in the years since, our country has lived up to that promise when it comes to reducing violent crime.
Schadenfreude, the delight that one takes in the misery of others, is running rampant on the political right, thanks to President Obama's bumpy launch of Obamacare. But the misery of the uninsured is nothing to celebrate.
Until recently, one thing about Barack Obama that voters could count on was his coolness -- that through all tribulation he would remain unflappable and steadfast. He was notably able to retain his composure in the face of unremitting partisan opposition. His self-confidence and optimism always kept him on course.
President Barack Obama's loyal supporters are heavy of heart. Perhaps their chief source of comfort is that the Obamacare mess hit the headlines at about the same time as the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto. At least the president didn't claim he was drunk when he wrote the health care bill.