Saturday November 28, 2015
February 5th, 2015
It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax cuts. As we've seen, rising stock prices do not necessarily lead to jobs -- for Americans, that is.
Master curmudgeon H.L. Mencken wrote, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”
Mencken wrote this knowing that, as societies go, ours is a beacon of higher thought and inquiry. At the same time, he bemoaned “the virulence of the national appetite for bogus revelation.”
Which brings us to measles and Disneyland.
So Greece has elected a new anti- austerity government and, as of this writing at least, the nation remains in the euro, financial markets are calm, and the world continues to revolve around the sun. Now comes the hard part.
The parents who are against vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and other childhood diseases have proved a point - and it's a scary one. They are no longer just putting their own kids at risk. By taking their unvaccinated children to the happiest place on Earth and touching off a measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaxxers put hundreds of other children in jeopardy, too.
So I suppose you heard about the latest e-cigarette study, the one that said that the vapors e-cigarette users inhale contain multiple forms of formaldehyde. It was much in the news last week, after its authors, five scientists from Portland State University, published a peer-reviewed letter outlining their findings in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.
The political chattering classes, who love a good story, are obsessed with the battle for the establishment choice for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney or throw in a little Chris Christie.
Bush and Romney are marquee names in U.S. politics and the Republicans haven't nominated an anti-establishment candidate since Barry Goldwater more than a half century ago.
As President Obama stumbles in implementing his own strategy for combating terrorism, the United States is reverting, almost by default, to an earlier, failed approach: a reliance on dictators to do our dirty work.
When President Obama releases his budget on Monday, the words "dead on arrival" will be widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual.
This year, those words will be misleading.
With the Republicans now totally in charge of Congress, they have the chance to make good on their promise that things are going to change on Capitol Hill. But their opening moves suggest more of the same old same old.