Thursday October 02, 2014
February 13th, 2014
I don't know if you've noticed, but we're now in an election year.
Not that one. You are not in charge of thinking about the presidential race yet. Even the people who have to go to the polls first know it's still OK to tune out on that one. I am thinking of the New Hampshire Republicans who said, in a recent poll, that Mitt Romney was currently at the top of their favorites list.
I was not surprised to hear that the United Steelworkers were helping athletes at Northwestern University to file a petition to form a union. Unions are seeking new industries to organize and college football, unlike steel, is not likely to be shipped overseas.
Even I was willing to blame the president, or at least his namesake: Obamacare.
What other explanation was there for the fact that it was taking weeks to get a prescription filled, and I was suffering an acute flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis?
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls President Obama's tenure "an increasingly lawless presidency." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cites "the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness."
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called a hearing to examine how Obama "has blatantly disregarded the Constitution's mandate to faithfully execute the laws."
I said there was a Society of Men among us, bred up from their Youth in the Art of proving by words multiplied for the Purpose, that White is Black, and Black is White, according as they are paid. To this Society all the rest of the People are Slaves.
-- Lemuel Gulliver explains lawyers, from Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," 1726
Remember when it looked like the Republican Party could do nothing but stamp its feet and shout about the Affordable Care Act’s shortcomings without coming up with any alternatives?
The chance to win seems so remote,
When the Man decides who gets to vote.
Political operatives are running websites with smiling photos of Democratic candidates as part of a fundraising campaign. But there’s a catch: They’re asking for money to defeat these candidates.
If you thought political rhetoric had sunk as low as it could, think again. We've never seen as much hate speech directed against any president as the vitriol unleashed by extremists every day against President Obama.
On Wednesday, Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, said the obvious: losing your job and choosing to work less aren't the same thing. If you lose your job, you suffer immense personal and financial hardship. If, on the other hand, you choose to work less and spend more time with your family, "we don't sympathize. We say congratulations."