Friday September 04, 2015
May 7th, 2015
The mistrust between police and the people they are sworn to protect has crumbled in too many poor neighborhoods in this country. And we see the devastating results in the protests rocking Baltimore and other American cities, as those appalled by the deaths of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and other black men take to the streets to express long-simmering rage at the way police interact with their communities.
The 2016 campaign should be almost entirely about issues. The parties are far apart on everything from the environment to fiscal policy to health care, and history tells us that what politicians say during a campaign is a good guide to how they will govern.
As if the flap over fundraising at her family foundation weren't enough, now Hillary Rodham Clinton has to deal with Bernie Sanders.
"Policy," says David Rolf, the Seattle union official chiefly responsible for the first successful campaigns for a $15 minimum wage, "is just frozen power." By which measure, the problem with U.S. trade policy for the past quarter-century is that it reflects the growing imbalance of power between investors, able to profit from global markets, and workers, who have lost the institutions that once enabled them to improve or at least maintain their jobs and incomes.
Using the most bloodless terms, an economist explained the failure or inability of so many African-Americans to rise from their impoverished circumstances. They do not respond to the economic incentives that push others to study and strive, he said.
Her enemies finally found it. Forget Benghazi, emails, Vince Foster, or Whitewater. This is the scandal that will bring Hillary down. And you have to admit, it does sound pretty sleazy when you first hear about ... "Clinton Cash!"
I understand why some are applauding the beatdown that Toya Graham, "the Baltimore mom," gave her son in the middle of Monday night's rock-throwing.
I get why her pastor said she should be "mom of the century," and the New York Post put her on its front page.
There are times, in our national political conversation, when the good news is so pathetically puny that it actually makes you feel worse.
Conservatives have sometimes been too quick to excuse police violence. And liberals have sometimes been too quick to excuse rioter violence.
It's outrageous when officers use excessive force against young, unarmed African-American men, who are 21 times as likely to be shot dead by the police as young white men. It's also outrageous when rioters loot shops or attack officers.
Wall Street arrogance seems to be accelerating even faster than our infinite cosmos is expanding.