Saturday November 28, 2015
March 26th, 2015
Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.
Every central bank tries to steer expectations about monetary policy. If businesses and consumers expect the Federal Reserve to let inflation surge out of control, the chances are fair that inflation will surge out of control. If they expect the Fed to keep inflation on track, inflation is more likely to stay on track. Shaping expectations is nine-tenths of the Fed's job.
Today's lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with a look at one of the red-white-and-blue Metro buses rolling around downtown.
Ignore the commuters inside, at least the ones going to work on Capitol Hill or the White House, where, supposedly, policy is made. They, and their bosses, are barely relevant to this story.
This quote, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, says it best: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." That's especially true if you're the CEO of a big business.
Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little.
It's a good thing the Israeli election campaign didn't run one day longer than it did. At the rate he was going, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have called for stripping Israeli Arabs of the right to vote altogether.
Here's the short answer: Anything.
If you can't even move a bill creating a fund for the victims of sex trafficking, and if the president's noncontroversial and, indeed, much praised nominee for attorney general isn't moving forward as a result, then you can pretty much conclude that Congress is poised to accomplish less than nothing, and any talk about bipartisan agreement is nothing but partisan blather.
As a teaching assistant in a class on race in the United States, I’ve probably paid more attention to the #BlackLivesMatter movement than a lot of my white peers.
The professor who teaches the course here in Madison, Wisconsin — where I’m pursuing a PhD in sociology — is an expert on racial disparities in policing. But now I’m learning a devastating lesson in the subject from outside the classroom.
The United States Senate is worse than ever.
I know this is hard for you to believe, people. But, really, this week was a new bottom. The Senate found itself unable to pass a bill aiding victims of human trafficking, a practice so terrible that it is one of the few subjects on which members of Congress find it fairly easy to work in bipartisan amity.