Saturday February 06, 2016
September 10th, 2015
When Americans were giddily drenching themselves with ice water during the “ice bucket challenge” a year ago, the cognoscenti rolled their eyes.
Pity poor Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard business tycoon who stole the show in the undercard Republican presidential debate last month with a tough, aggressive performance that was judged then a sure ticket to the next main event.
Some days, I get an irresistible compulsion to tear out my hair.
My latest outbreak was triggered by a New York Times opinion piece by Peter Georgescu, the former chairman of the giant PR outfit Young & Rubicam.
In an age that exalts politicians and entertainers who can't stop telling us how wonderful they are, it is refreshing to honor a man who accomplished a lot without wanting his name on all of it.
Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become president and co-owner of Sears, Roebuck and Co., didn't want his name on the store that he led to worldwide success.
Oil permeates the whole economy. Even if you telework in a solar-powered home and tote your groceries home by bicycle, the price of petroleum affects what you spend on goods and services.
In case you missed it, Greece is in for more turmoil.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently resigned and called for new elections as his party struggles with internal dissent. It’s the latest installment in Greece’s ongoing battle against harsh debt repayment conditions imposed by its European neighbors — especially Germany.
But now it’s more twisted than ever.
For many Americans, the only connection between Labor Day and labor is that you don’t have to do any of the latter as a result of the former. In other words, it’s just a day off work — an occasion to barbecue or go out of town for a three-day weekend.
But millions of Americans are still fighting labor struggles. And this year, one group of them won a big victory just in time for Labor Day.
Many politicians seem intent on holding themselves as far back from us as possible, on parceling themselves out in only the smallest and most controlled bits. Even as they implore us to love them and insist that we trust them, they’re stingy. Cagey. Coiled.
The Washington Post ran a story last week about some 200 retired generals and admirals who sent a letter to Congress “urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement, which they say threatens national security.” There are legitimate arguments for and against this deal, but there was one argument expressed in this story that was so dangerously wrongheaded about the real threats to the United States from the Middle East, it needs to be called out.
President Barack Obama declared climate change to be the defining threat of the century in Alaska this week, before he literally hiked a melting glacier. But, once again proving that virtually nothing will be enough for some activists, environmentalists have attacked Obama, the president who has done more on climate change than any other ever - and perhaps a lot more than the next one will. His sin: allowing oil drilling to proceed in the Arctic Circle.