Saturday September 05, 2015
March 5th, 2015
Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don't, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest -- without, of course, actually being on the ballot.
If Washington were a rational place, a major measure to rebuild roads, bridges, ports and airports would be a slam-dunk.
Few doubt the need. The U.S. has underinvested in infrastructure: It was ranked 12th in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015. Road repair needs are pervasive, a quarter of bridges require upgrades, the fast- rail system falls further behind other countries every year.
There's nothing necessarily illegal about setting up a company in Panama into which you channel your bonus payments. There's similarly nothing inherently dubious about living in Hong Kong, having Hong Kong citizenship, and opening a Swiss bank account to store some of your wealth. But when you're the chief executive of a British bank embroiled in a scandal about helping customers dodge taxes by hiding money in its Swiss private-wealth unit, it sure looks bad.
OK, let’s hear the president explain it, again.
“Some call this evil Islamic radicalism. Others, militant jihadism. Still, others Islamo-fascism. Whatever it’s called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam.”
Bake sales aren't about the sweets.
That insight seems to be missing from the ridiculous debate raging in Virginia and across the country over whether public school kids should be able to keep peddling goopy cupcakes and lumpy cookies to raise money.
We have arrived at the point where the utter tedium and desperation of personal attacks against President Barack Obama about his life story and his loyalty are no longer news. The histrionics have shed their ability to shock. Most right-minded Americans - ethically speaking, not ideologically speaking - have moved on.
But occasionally the insults prove to be accidentally instructive.
Regular readers know that I sometimes mock "very serious people" - politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that sounds tough-minded and realistic. The trouble is that sounding serious and being serious are by no means the same thing, and some of those seemingly tough-minded positions are actually ways to dodge the truly hard issues.
While talking to black and white Republicans recently about the Grand Old Party's outreach efforts to voters of color, I wondered: What are Democrats doing to reach working-class whites?
The sure-footed start of Jeb Bush's bid for the Oval Office began with a money blitzkrieg that helped drive Mitt Romney out of the running for 2016. It may well claim other casualties among the large crowd of other Republican presidential hopefuls before the first party caucuses and primaries.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't planning on going anywhere any time soon.
"Now I happen to be the oldest," the 81-year-old justice said in the tone of a person who has answered a whole lot of questions about her possible retirement plans. Sitting in her Supreme Court chambers on a dreary afternoon in late January, she added, "But John Paul Stevens didn't step down until he was 90."