Wednesday February 10, 2016
September 10th, 2015
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.
“This is going to be felt for years.”
My politically prescient son had just watched Donald Trump toss Univision’s Jorge Ramos from his press conference and a Trump supporter tell Ramos, “Get out of my country.” Ramos is a U.S. citizen.
And so it goes.
To the thousands who've been outed as users of the Ashley Madison adultery website: You deserve sympathy. Your greatest sin was trusting a website to protect your identity -- especially one that would have rated a 10 as a juicy target for hackers.
The second sin, for many of you, was believing that Ashley Madison was populated by heavy-breathing wives looking for action -- as opposed to bots and cardboard participants.
"Your government might have grown too large if they have 48 federal SWAT teams. The Department of Education has a SWAT team. They arrested a man and handcuffed him for six hours for nonpayment of student debt. Unfortunately, it wasn't his student debt. Turns out it was his girlfriend's student debt. The Department of Agriculture has a SWAT team. You know what they arrested somebody for not too long ago? Selling milk directly from the cow. We've gone crazy."