Monday September 01, 2014
August 7th, 2014
As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I've personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years, both to get to know them and evaluate their chances of winning. I've been impressed by just as many Republicans as Democrats, and underwhelmed by equal numbers, too. Most are accustomed to tough questions.
Real wages have stagnated for decades. Homeownership rates are down. College debt is weighing down young people entering the workforce. Millions of low-wage workers eke by on a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
As the American Dream slips away for millions of people in this country, one faction of Congress is doing its best to aid a select group of folks that least needs a helping hand: trust fund babies.
If Secretary of State John Kerry has failed to bring about a ceasefire to end the bloodbath in Gaza, then so has everybody else.
Let's talk about something cheerful. How about impeachment?
Hey, it's been a depressing month for news. If you want to look on the bright side, you've got to work with what you've got.
If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we've reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent - not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.
Gosh, the 2016 primaries are a long way off, but look out: Here comes Texas Governor Rick Perry — riding his state’s taxpayer dollars into another GOP presidential bid.
Technically, he’s not campaigning. Yet he’s popping up from New York to California, holding press conferences, running TV ads, meeting with money people, and telling everyone how terrific he is. In other words: campaigning.
When a journalist admits that he has been lying to the public for years, this usually results in a flurry of media coverage castigating the guilty party, along with a dose of self-flagellation by his employer for having failed to notice the lies sooner. When this wave of humiliating publicity ends, the offending journalist is allowed to slink away in shame.
Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah.
The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC's Kelly O'Donnell the other day during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats.
With women, particularly our health care, under attack recently I have been on a tear regarding our rights, our status. As we pass the anniversaries of that meeting in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in July 1848 and its successful mission culmination in August of 1920 it is fitting that we take note of just how we got to this point and just what it means.
Who is a company? If we speak of the men and women of Boeing, say, or Wal-Mart or Market Basket, a supermarket chain in New England, where this question is being posed most emphatically of late, are we referring to the company's employees? Its founders? Its founders' grandchildren, even if they play no role in the company's endeavors? Its shareholders, even if they hold the company's stock just for a few months or, in the case of high-frequency trading, a fraction of a second?