Thursday September 18, 2014
August 7th, 2014
I've been arguing that the big divide in the world these days is between the world of order and a growing world of disorder. If you're keeping score at home, the world of disorder just added another country: Libya. America quietly folded up its embassy in Libya last week and left, leaving behind a tribal/militia war of all against all. Not good.
Climate change is no longer a problem for a distant tomorrow. We're feeling the impact on our health, on our environment and on our economy today. But while climate change hurts everyone, communities of color and low-income Americans are the hardest hit.
The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border. People are merging this special case involving about 57,000 children with generalized anxiety about a broken immigration system that has resulted in an estimated 11 million illegal residents. At bottom are fears that the United States is incapable of managing an orderly immigration program.
California’s harsh new measure to deal with long-term drought is making waves. Residents caught wasting by washing sidewalks with their garden hose and committing similar reckless acts are incurring fines of up to $500.
Is that fair? Or will the fine be perceived as governmental overreach, like former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ill-fated attempt to limit soda sizes to 16 ounces.
"Hair is political."
That was the line that stuck with me when my 17-year-old daughter recently regaled me with the minutiae of a lighthearted argument she'd had with a friend. It was about my daughter's staunch resistance to straightening or altering her hair in any way.
The friend had insisted that such alterations were no big deal, to which my daughter took umbrage and shot back, "Hair is political."
After six years of bending to the gales of tea party vituperation against President Barack Obama, the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be rising up like visitors to Oz -- with a heart, courage and a brain.
"Idea conservative" is a common nickname given to those who seek to respond to liberal ideas, policies and programs with something more than a simple "No."
Must formerly rich people shed all their status symbols? It’s a widely held presumption, Darlena Cunha explained.
“I had so internalized the message of what poor people should or should not have that I felt ashamed to be there, with that car,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed headlined This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps.
That Hillary Clinton will seek the presidency in 2016 is now widely taken as a given. Certainly she has given every sign of it, short of saying "Yes." But what if she doesn't?
As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I've personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years, both to get to know them and evaluate their chances of winning. I've been impressed by just as many Republicans as Democrats, and underwhelmed by equal numbers, too. Most are accustomed to tough questions.
Real wages have stagnated for decades. Homeownership rates are down. College debt is weighing down young people entering the workforce. Millions of low-wage workers eke by on a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
As the American Dream slips away for millions of people in this country, one faction of Congress is doing its best to aid a select group of folks that least needs a helping hand: trust fund babies.