Tuesday November 25, 2014
April 9th, 2014
Let's have a rational discussion about the word "emotional."
But first, I'd better calm down. Maybe I'll have a soothing cup of herbal tea and pet the cat. Oh wait, I don't have a cat.
Which is lucky for former CIA director Michael Hayden, or else we'd both be so overwrought we'd be clawing his eyes out over his diss of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Make that sexist diss.
To borrow a cute term William Safire penned for Spiro Agnew, the “nattering nabobs of negativism” carrying on about the evils of the Affordable Care Act aren’t going to roll back the health insurance overhaul they like to deride as “Obamacare.”
Reality sure isn’t on their side. Since the ACA began to take effect, at least 9.5 million uninsured Americans have cut through the nonsense and gotten themselves some coverage.
If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.
This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic society can reduce extreme wealth inequality.
The report that protesters have declared two eastern Ukraine cities to be independent republics questions President Obama's assurance that there is no "military solution" to the crisis that began with Russian President Vladmir Putin's land grab of Crimea.
Congratulations, Kwasi Enin. You're a 17-year-old Long Island high school student who applied to all eight of the nation's elite Ivy League universities -- and received acceptance letters from all of them!
For this astounding feat, you now get to be pilloried where no good deed goes unpunished, on the Internet.
That's an unfortunate part of the price one pays for being both black and bright in the age of affirmative action.
The dictionary defines the caterpillar as a “wormlike larva” and a “crawler.” Also, that “pillar” part of the word is derived from a French verb that means to “pillage, abuse, mistreat.”
Good to know. Now, meet Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining machines.
A recent Scientific American blog post blamed environmentalists for costing poor, malnourished people an estimated 1,424,000 life years in India alone. Why? Because they presumably kept Golden Rice off the market for over a decade when it could have been helping the world’s poor during that time.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H.L. Hunt ... a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
Republicans may seem like ultimate Scrooges. Many want to slash food stamps, unemployment benefits and just about any program that helps the needy.
So they know nothing about poverty, right?
Wrong. Actually, conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points:
History offers a rough kind of justice.
As the nation's current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnson's standing.