Thursday October 23, 2014
September 18th, 2014
Election season! Tension mounts! Longtime public servants are aware that the least little slip and they could be out the door. Forced, like ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, to labor in the sweatshops of the investment banking industry.
With $1.4 million in signing bonuses. Do you think that's why he quit the House early, people? I totally believed he just wanted to give his successor a head start.
Another one of those old sayings frequently mentioned that I grew up in the South with is "A wise man sometimes changes his mind; a fool never does." I place President Obama in that first part by his postponing action on the immigration situation. It is time to give this man some leeway.
On Wednesday evening, just before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that have shaped modern American history, President Barack Obama gave a speech that outlined a plan for fighting the Islamic State extremist group.
Polls appear to show that the majority of Americans would generally support America's plan to further the fight against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, and perhaps even Syria.
Whether President Barack Obama's plan to combat the Islamic State actually degrades and destroys the organization may take years to determine, but the debate in the coming weeks over that policy will tell us whether America can have a public discussion about the use of military power during a time of high anxiety.
Over the last decade, the views of Americans on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation's power or a catastrophic mistake.
Wish I'd said that! Earlier this week, Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica, writing on The Times' DealBook blog, compared people who keep predicting runaway inflation to "true believers whose faith in a predicted apocalypse persists even after it fails to materialize." Indeed.
Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond's bid for independence lost ground in an opinion poll a week before a referendum that could lead to the breakup of Britain after more than three centuries.
How does a war-weary president convince a war-weary nation to start another war? In a prime-time address to the nation on Wednesday evening, President Obama tried.