Tuesday December 10, 2013
October 3rd, 2013
First they lie to you, and then they ask you for money.
That's the essence of the great Tea Party/Ted Cruz crusade to "defund" Obamacare, a political and constitutional impossibility. The question was settled, probably for good, when President Obama won re-election in 2012 and Democrats kept control of the Senate.
I do not like
Do you like Obamacare?
I do not like it, Cruz I am.
I do not like Obamacare.
I will not fund it, here or there.
A California surfer dude has become the new "welfare queen."
Before the House voted last week to slash food stamps by almost $40 million over the next 10 years, Politico reports, lawmakers from both parties received copies of a recent Fox News report entitled "The Great Food Stamp Binge."
Several years ago, I worked in a grocery store bakery. At the end of each day, we threw away piles of perfectly good food.
Before the store closed, employees walked down each aisle, checking the expiration dates of bread, bagels, and cookies to toss out whatever expired that day — whether the food was actually still good or not. Then we chucked all of the day’s fresh-baked pastries, muffins, and bread. And those were definitely still good to eat.
The pope makes sense. Iran seems a little more reasonable. The Russians were quite helpful. And Congress is crazy.
This month, the pope made some sensible remarks about sex, and the president of Iran made some reasonable comments about nuclear weapons. Also, the Russians proved to be extremely helpful during an international crisis. Meanwhile, on the home front, our Congress appears too crazed by internal conflict to keep the lights on.
As our jobs and pay degrade,
Moguls smirk and tout “Free Trade”
It’s no wonder President Barack Obama refuses to let Americans see those two new trade deals he’s negotiating.
With big governments, or big institutions, change occurs very slowly. You know what they say: It's like a battleship. It takes a long time to turn that baby around.
Yes, that's normally the case. But not anymore for the Catholic Church. With lightning speed, by both his personality and his public statements, Pope Francis has turned the Catholic Church upside down.
The Middle East is a place of fast-changing fortunes these days. Just ask the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not so long ago, neo-Ottomanism was the vogue phrase to describe Turkey's expanding regional influence, pursued under a catchy dogma of "zero problems with neighbors."
Is the United Nations still relevant? On Tuesday, President Obama lectured the world organization on living up to its promise to settle disputes through collective action, at a time when its credibility remains in doubt.
Just as he has stepped back, at least temporarily, from another use of American force in the Middle East, Obama told the UN how far he is willing to take the United States on its own in international crises that justly demand that collective action.
Robert Benmosche, the chief executive of the American International Group, said something stupid the other day. And we should be glad, because his comments help highlight an important but rarely discussed cost of extreme income inequality - namely, the rise of a small but powerful group of what can only be called sociopaths.