Saturday February 13, 2016
September 28th, 2015
The pope addresses Congress Thursday, and conservatives are fearing the worst. Their belief systems can tolerate a lot - laissez-faire economics, xenophobia - but Pope Francis's emphasis on the Roman Catholic Church's historic antipathy to capitalism has them in a dither.
Scott Walker believed that surviving the recall prepared him for the rigors and scrutiny that come with running for president. He was wrong.
Winning three elections in four years in a blue state like Wisconsin clouded his judgment and made him overconfident in his own abilities.
With the arrival of the pope, our spirits lift.
With the departure of Scott Walker, they plummet.
There is a movie I’m looking forward to seeing when it comes to Washington. It seems quite relevant to America today. It’s about what can happen in a democratic society when politicians go too far, when they not only stand mute when hateful words that cross civilized redlines suddenly become part of the public discourse, but, worse, start to wink at and dabble in this hate speech for their advantage.
The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.
After reaching the top tier of Republican presidential candidates in polls, Dr. Ben Carson has given us another historic milestone: He has boldly called for religious discrimination against any Muslims who run for president.
The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world's great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today's Republican Party disagrees.
Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, suggested in March that he might be the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Monday, he dropped out -- months before any primary votes will be cast. The quick move from frontrunner to left-behind status should remind us of a few things about the Republican race, and about politics generally.
- There is such a thing as peaking too soon.
Want to know what central bankers will do in the next few years? There's a Bank of England website pageyou need to read. But you might need a suspension of disbelief to absorb its conclusions.