Saturday October 10, 2015
June 25th, 2015
I don't recall a time when more people were running for president and fewer of them offered anything more than poll-tested generalities designed to rally their own bases. No one surprises you with any daring. If we could tax their clichés, we'd balance the budget.
The most shocking thing about flying with Capt. Katie Higgins isn't surviving three G's when she rockets her monster airplane into the sky at 375 miles per hour. Or going weightless four times when she dives it, amped on the squeals and screams coming from the passengers behind her. Or watching veteran troops who swaggered onto her C-130 cargo plane lose it in their barf bags, one after another.
Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.
This is the second column I've written about Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the dean of the University of Michigan's School of Education. Ball believes the training that teachers get while they are in school needs to be drastically improved. Last year, I wrote about her effort to develop a professional training curriculum that would allow beginning teachers to be far better grounded in their craft than they are now.
On Saturday, I was impressed with Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, I was disappointed. Something tells me that the rest of this presidential campaign is going to be more of the same roller coaster.
Look at any national poll on the 2016 Republican presidential race, and you will see three to five candidates clumped at the "top" of the field - all winning somewhere between 9 and 14 percent of the vote. It's fair, given that clumping, to conclude that the race lacks a front-runner.
What makes a conservative conservative?
Aversion to reality, that’s what.
President Obama's decision to send up to 450 more U.S. military advisers into Iraq comes off as another piecemeal response to the Islamic State he pledged a year ago to "degrade and ultimately destroy." It underscores his limited commitment to wage the war while striving to keep more Americans out of harm's way.
It's not only on trade that President Barack Obama seems to be losing his party. With inequality rising and wages flat, Democrats are pushing Hillary Clinton to move beyond Obamanomics and offer something more dramatic and more radical.
But before repudiating Obama's entire program, it's worth recalling this: Obamanomics has not failed. It just has not been tried.