Thursday November 26, 2015
April 2nd, 2015
Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican hopeful to formally enter the race for his party's 2016 nomination, is not one for subtlety. In his choice of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a fundamentalist Christian hotbed, he preached his true-faith conservative message to the choir.
Conservative pundits and politicians routinely divide our U.S. economy into two totally distinct spheres. We have the noble private sector over here, they tell us, and the bumbling, bloated public sector over there.
In reality, of course, we have just one economy, with the private and public sectors inextricably entangled. Each year, in fact, hundreds of billions of tax dollars end up flowing directly into the private sector.
Today, concerned citizens, we will consider when we want our elected representatives to just throw in the towel and get something done.
This comes up less often than you might think. On Wednesday, for instance, members of the House of Representatives had a choice between casting a meaningless "no" vote on a budget bill or supporting a plan that fails to do anything positive, including, um, add up.
Guffaws punctuated a Florida legislative hearing the other day.
Lawmakers and onlookers chuckled as Florida Division of Emergency chief Bryan Koon tied his tongue in knots to avoid saying “climate change” while talking about — well, climate change.
The right to free speech means nothing if not the right to express ideas that other people might find offensive. Protecting the exercise of that right is essential to democratic government, as the world was reminded, horrifically, by the mass murder of Muhammad-mocking cartoonists at France's Charlie Hebdo magazine in January.
All right boys and girls, gather ’round and I’ll tell you the story of the “Investor State Dispute Resolution” clause.
Wait, children. Where are you going?
OK, the wonkish gibberish the powers that be use to write those corporate boondoggles they call “trade deals” is tooth-achingly-boring and incomprehensible.
Let's get a few things straight about the delay in confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general. It's outrageous. It also has nothing to do with her race or gender.
Contriving prejudice where none exists demeans the importance of fighting discrimination. And it demeans those who drop such ugly hints.