Thursday December 12, 2013
It's fine to talk -- eventually -- about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation's first priority should be economic growth.
Sorry if this gives conniptions to all you deficit hawks out there. Actually, I'm not that sorry, because it was the hawks' over-the-top warnings of impending doom that provided intellectual cover for the meat-cleaver budget cuts we're living with today.
California has found a formula for ending the partisan warfare that once paralyzed its government: Get rid of one of the parties, in this case, the Republican. The state's famously dysfunctional government now hums with calm efficiency.
Democrats there hold a supermajority in the state Legislature, making it well-nigh impossible for Republicans to gum up their plans. The governor, Jerry Brown, is a Democrat, as well.
Fewer people know the names of the recent Nobel laureates than the starting quarterbacks for Division I college teams. To find out why, I went to Green Valley College where the regional chief accreditor, unable to find a tailgate party, was grilling the president.
“How’s your football team doing this season?” was the first question.
“Our football team?” asked the president.
The ever-provocative federal appeals court Judge Richard A. Posner has made news again, this time by voicing second thoughts about his 2007 decision to uphold Indiana's voter ID law.
On Thursday, NBC will air the sixth episode of its new comedy series, "The Michael J. Fox Show." In it, Fox plays a popular television anchorman who returns to work after having retired years earlier because of his Parkinson's disease. This, of course, closely tracks Fox's own story. An extremely well-liked actor, he last starred in a television series in 2000, which is when the tremors, stiffness and involuntary body movements that are associated with Parkinson's forced him to retire from "Spin City."
"It's easier to fool people," Mark Twain apparently never said, "than to convince them that they have been fooled." You can find those words all over the Internet attributed to Twain, but I can locate no credible source.
Too bad, because it's absolutely correct.
Twain probably did say something similar, because it sounds like an opinion the acerbic author of "Huckleberry Finn" would have endorsed.
And now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice for improving your mental health: Don’t fume about the GOP’s lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show.
Take Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour blabathon, in which he said he would stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. Not only did the Texas Republican fail spectacularly, but senators voted 100 to zero against his crazy ploy. Yes, that means even he voted against it. What a hoot he is.
Remember that inspiring 50th birthday party for the March on Washington at the end of the summer?
Unfortunately, those moving speeches didn’t slow the emergence of a new Jim Crow system.
A true cynic about American politics would, at this point, be forced to one conclusion: Sen. Ted Cruz is a Democratic sleeper agent.
It is tough to appreciate just how much good Ted Cruz has done the Democrats over these last few weeks.
- He convinced Republicans to shut down the government rather than wait and fight over the debt ceiling, where they would have had more - and more dangerous - leverage.