Saturday October 10, 2015
Thanksgiving is a time for dinner-table conversation. If you're short of news drumsticks to chew on, here are a few you may have missed.
After the many months - years? - of failure of Congress to act on immigration the President has taken matters into his own hands. And, oh what a ruckus that has raised. He cannot win no matter how, or what, he does. Never mind that it is a procedure long used by presidents, particularly as they near the end of their time at the helm. Not just Democratic presidents but also Republican ones have used the option for tying up loose ends.
How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal?
Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything anybody collects from a paycheck, of course, should count.
Marion Barry was Chocolate City. During his four terms as mayor of the nation's capital, he presided over the District of Columbia like a flamboyant monarch. He was the face and swagger of African American empowerment and pride - and its beneficiaries nearly always forgave him for his failings.
Barry did not, however, die in Chocolate City.
With the Keystone XL pipeline stalled again, now perhaps we can look ahead and consider more promising ways to rebuild our energy system, creating many more jobs than that controversial project ever would. No matter where we look, the far larger issue that still confronts Americans is decaying infrastructure -- which emphatically includes the enormous web of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the continental United States in every direction.
Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama's time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually.
The Indianapolis Star has apologized, but surely some of its readers ask: Why?
The cartoon that it published carried the sentiments of every American who is horrified – horrified, I tell you -- about President Obama’s directive on deportations.
To recover from their debacle in the midterm elections, Democrats have seized on two questionable propositions: They lost mainly because of President Barack Obama's unpopularity, and the 2016 presidential election will be more favorable.
I support many Democratic policy positions and want to see them succeed. The Affordable Care Act, in particular, is a worthy endeavor: Despite the botched rollout and a great deal of unfinished business, I want to see it prevail. Sometimes, though, I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the incompetence Democrats bring to the task of selling their best ideas. The party, without a doubt, is its own worst enemy.