Saturday February 06, 2016
July 23rd, 2015
When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader: "I bet the hard-liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands."
Hillary Clinton gave her first big economic speech Monday, and progressives were by and large gratified. For Clinton’s core message was that the federal government can and should use its influence to push for higher wages.
"In the feudal system," The Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is "one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance."
Having coined the phrase "Clinton Rules" to explain the national news media's obsession with phony scandal narratives involving Bill and Hillary Clinton, I should be gratified to see it pass into general circulation.
What are we to make of the two biggest political pseudo-surprises of this mid-summer: the spectacular crowds drawn by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
I say pseudo-surprises because, in some ways, we should have expected both men to do well in polls. Trump has higher name recognition than any of the other 15-and-counting major Republican contenders, except perhaps the Grand Old Party's current frontrunner in the polls, Jeb Bush.
I’d like to apologize to the people of Greece.
I’ve been pretty hard on them over the years. I’ve made fun of their freewheeling spendthrift habits, their unwillingness to pay their taxes, and their early retirement ethos.
What do you do with a problem like The Donald? Probably not since the U.S. Senate in 1954 censured the odious Joseph McCarthy for his reckless witch hunt for communists in the Eisenhower administration has such a bull in a china shop rummaged through American politics.
Being poor means a life of sacrifices, frustrations, and constant struggle. So what is it about Republican officeholders that causes them to go out of their way to make life even harder for low-income people?
Ask Sen. Lindsey Graham his greatest political accomplishment, and the South Carolina Republican does not point to any individual piece of legislation. Rather, he says, it is that "I have not become job scared. I have not been so enamored with the job that I'm scared to lose it."