Wednesday October 07, 2015
August 20th, 2015
Should corporations in America have to annually reveal how much they pay their most typical workers compared to how much they pay their CEOs?
In 2010, Congress embraced that idea. Lawmakers plugged into the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision that requires major U.S. corporations to publicly disclose the ratio between what their CEOs and typical workers take home.
To establish my credentials, here's an insignificant event that happened to my wife and me a bit before last year's tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri. We'd taken our daily three-mile walk with the dogs along our gravel road where encountering three vehicles is a busy day. Often we see nobody.
If anything's constant in American political life, it's the stable two-party system, jostled occasionally by third-party presidential challengers such as Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 or Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.
Yet, more rarely, at times of extreme political flux, this society has broken up into four parties.
The First Amendment may be inconvenient to some people at times, but it’s still the law of the land. Case in point: so-called “ag-gag laws.”
These are laws in Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa that prohibit people from taking photos or videos of farms without permission. They’re designed to prevent the exposure of cruelty to animals on factory farms.
President Obama says those who oppose the Iran nuclear deal are either ideological or illogical. I support the deal, yet I think this assessment is incorrect and unfair. It diminishes the president's case for congressional approval.
That case is strong but not overwhelming; it is not, to use a loaded phrase, a slam dunk. Reasonable minds can -- and do -- differ on whether to back it.
The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never elicited any actionable intelligence that saved American lives, Bush-era CIA Directors George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, and several of their underlings announced plans to release a book justifying torture.
It would be a catastrophe for American influence in the world if Congress killed the Iranian nuclear deal.
Who will save the Republican Party from the destructive and vulgar force of Donald Trump? Several of his rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination have stepped forward, but no common voice has emerged that might effectively purge the party of its current plague.
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, the GOP’s battle cry from that race also prevailed. Remember “drill, baby, drill”?
Public education used to be, you know, public — an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.