Saturday January 31, 2015
January 29th, 2015
The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's been devastating.
So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered.
We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress -- some of them cynical, others clueless -- in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.
Global market regulators are still wrestling with the "too big to fail" problem of protecting taxpayers from the consequences of a large financial institution collapsing. Most initiatives focus on the right-hand side of the issue, demanding banks hold more capital to make failure less likely. There are hints, though, that a wave of Darwinism may address the left-hand words instead, with enlightened self- interest prompting banks to shrink.
Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Barack Obama recently outlined and will surely describe anew in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
It's awfully late in the game.
John Gardner, a cabinet secretary in President Lyndon Johnson's administration who later founded Common Cause, once said that a requisite for effective citizen action, and governing, was to build an "inside-outside alliance."
Hundreds of American families are still fighting the war in Afghanistan. But they're fighting it at home.
Fighting to remember, fighting to forget. Fighting to understand how to move forward in a world without their war hero.
He didn't mean to. Mitt Romney's tentative entry into the 2016 Republican presidential fray was intended to stop Jeb Bush in his tracks, freezing the drift toward Bush by the Republican establishment-donor-class-realist- pragmatists or whatever you want to call the guys accustomed to calling the party's shots. Instead, it's more likely that Romney has done Bush a big favor.
Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Barack Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, where they can do the West no harm.
This month, the Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return."