Tuesday December 01, 2015
June 4th, 2015
Did you know that there is a group advocating for a museum that features the stories of women? It's about time - past time for such. At long, long last in December of 2014, Congress passed legislation to study the feasibility of establishing a world class women's history museum in Washington, DC.
Gov. Walker and the Cool Thing
We've been wondering when a presidential candidate would say something incredibly insensitive about women and reproduction.
If the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey were running today's Republican Party, they could easily resolve its dilemma of having a dozen or more declared or prospective presidential candidates. They could just stuff them all in that old trick car and have them tumble out under the Big Tent in no particular order as the ringmaster introduces them.
America remains, despite the damage inflicted by the Great Recession and its aftermath, a very rich country. But many Americans are economically insecure, with little protection from life's risks. They frequently experience financial hardship; many don't expect to be able to retire, and if they do retire have little to live on besides Social Security.
For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:
Us versus them.
How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns -- both the political and medical kind -- agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.
But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the final product included four words that cast doubt on a cornerstone of the reforms -- subsidies for those buying coverage on federal health insurance exchanges. Unbelievable.
Consider the stunned disbelief, perhaps of a somewhat aggressive sort, that would have greeted anyone who might have told a tavern crowd in Dorchester or Southie three decades ago that Ireland would be the first nation in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote.
Like the universe itself, which, the Hubble Space Telescope informs us, is flying apart at an accelerating rate, the United States is - actually, the United States are - made up of distinct entities zooming away from each other. We are two nations, divisible, with liberty and justice a matter of where you happen to reside.
I've admired the Clintons' foundation for years for its fine work on AIDS and global poverty, and I've moderated many panels at the annual Clinton Global Initiative. Yet with each revelation of failed disclosures or the appearance of a conflict of interest from speaking fees of $500,000 for the former president, I have wondered: What were they thinking?
Just before Congress slunk away for the three-day weekend - which it was, of course, planning to stretch into a week - senators from the Northeast held a news conference to denounce Republicans for underfunding Amtrak passenger rail service.
"Amtrak has some infrastructure that is so old it was built and put into service when Jesse James and Butch Cassidy were still alive and robbing trains," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.