Saturday February 28, 2015
February 5th, 2015
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented a bold economic vision for America. Do we want a country where only “a few of us do spectacularly well,” he asked, or where everyone has a chance to succeed?
Obama conveyed this vision by telling the story of Rebekah and Ben Erler, a couple from Minneapolis who struggled through the recession by taking odd jobs and investing in their education.
If you made a list of countries you hope have learned from their past hundred years of mistakes, Germany would have to be at the top. Happily, the staunch opposition to a nativist fringe that the nation's government and citizenry have shown in recent weeks makes it clear, again, that Germany understands the costs of bigotry and the virtues of tolerance.
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs.
Your know your business has what image consultants call “quality perception issues” when your public relations team is fielding such questions as: “Does McDonald’s beef contain worms?”
In my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died at the age of 54. The column was a call for empathy for those who are struggling, but, predictably, scolds complained that Kevin's problems were of his own making.
So what do we know about empathy and how to nurture it?
Geeting cards treat Valentine’s Day like it’s a day for love. But for many people, it’s a day of self-loathing.
"Why am I single, yet again, on another Valentine’s Day?” they may wonder.
And it goes on: “Why can’t I get my house clean? Or get it together at work? Why isn’t my belly flat? I’m a failure.”
I recently mentioned in a column on renewable energy that solar power could generate half of the world’s electricity by 2050. I cited the International Energy Agency as my source.
A prediction for you: Greece and the European Union will split the difference in their quarrel over debt relief. What's uncertain is how their respective governments will justify the new deal, and how much damage they'll inflict on each other before accepting the inevitable.
As the likely coronation of Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee quietly progresses without serious opposition, the Republicans seem to be working overtime publicizing an abundance of long shots hoping to be her challenger.
"You can't be a Monday morning quarterback on something like the weather," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said right after the snow.
Oh really? On Tuesday morning we hurled second guesses and grievances the way Tom Brady tosses an inadequately inflated football.
And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016 -- hey, hold on, where'd everybody go?
All right, at the moment there's little suspense. Make that no suspense. If Hillary Clinton wants the nomination -- and there's no indication to the contrary -- she can have it. Winning the general election is another story, but the Republican Party seems willing to be more of an aid than an impediment.