Tuesday December 10, 2013
August 29th, 2013
Why are Republican Party leaders getting so worked up over a couple of television movies that haven't been produced yet? Oh, yeah. The proposed movies are about Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Grand Old Party's most galvanizing figure outside of President You-Know-Who.
Conservatives are in high dudgeon about what they see as President Obama's arrogant lawlessness. He has usurped congressional authority and violated his duty to faithfully execute the law, they contend, by ignoring statutes with which he disagrees and summarily rewriting the problematic parts of those he likes.
"Under President Obama, inconvenient or unpopular legal requirements have repeatedly been swept aside by executive fiat," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn wrote in National Review.
In The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Us Stronger, the landmark 2009 book on the impact of deep economic divides on our daily lives, the surprise societal star — at least for most American readers — turns out to be the state of Utah.
"The greatest poverty is not to live
In a physical world, to feel that one's desire
Is too difficult to tell from despair."
-- Wallace Stevens, "Esthetique du Mal."
The three Oklahoma teenagers were, according to official reports, "bored." So they decided to do something: kill the guy who jogged past them. They got in the car, followed him and did just that.
This Wal-Mart low-prices, low-wages thing isn't working out so well - even for Wal-Mart.
The company released its quarterly numbers last week, and they weren't pretty. Same-store sales declined by 0.3 percent, and the company lowered its earnings-per-share forecast. Bad news wasn't limited to Wal-Mart. At the low end of the retail consumer market, Kohl's reported similarly bad news; Macy's, a little higher up the food chain, lowered its earnings forecast as well.
So, which would you rather do: Capture an asteroid or go back to the moon?
This is one of the many interesting issues facing Congress that we probably will not have time to debate once Congress actually comes back next month. Then it'll be nothing but Obamacare and government shutdowns and the occasional discussion about whether Sen. Ted Cruz has managed to dispose of his recently discovered dual Canadian citizenship.
New rule (as Bill Maher would say): If you make billions of dollars a year selling unhealthy food, you don’t get to tell us to work out.
It was one thing when Cookie Monster began telling kids to eat vegetables. Cookie Monster doesn’t earn a living by selling cookies, and vegetables are a fantastic alternative to cookies.
Getting well takes lots of pluck,
With health guys out to make a buck.
As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever.
Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse.
It’s so great — truly heartwarming — to see billionaires devoting their deepest thoughts to finding solutions for eradicating poverty.
For example, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful America’s homeless people are going to be once they hear about Andy Kessler, who has been thinking long and hard about their plight. Kessler is a former hedge-fund whiz, which means he was in the business of making…well, money. Beaucoup bundles of it.