Saturday February 28, 2015
February 19th, 2015
Indecision may not be the best quality in a columnist, but in the case of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, that's what I find in myself: I doubt that the six-month suspension the network announced Tuesday night is enough, and I think he needs to step down.
Let's sing the praises of Obamacare for a minute.
Get back here! I said just for a minute. OK, it's not the tidiest law in history. You're probably still sulking because you wanted something simple and rational, like a single-payer plan. But it's here, and about 10 million people have health coverage who didn't have it before.
Business schools preach a strict, anti-social doctrine of corporate management that comes down to this: CEOs must be idiots.
By that I mean the original Greek word idiotes, which applied to people who care only about themselves and the prosperity of their immediate family. They’re the ones who reject any responsibility to the larger society, civic affairs, and the common good.
Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. And throwing a newt's eye of quack science into the vat, the Kentucky Republican promotes the myth that these shots put children at risk.
The political results have been toil and trouble.
The world of food and agriculture symbolizes most of what's gone wrong in the United States. But because food is plentiful for most people, and the damage that conventional agriculture does isn't readily evident to everyone, it's important that we look deeper, beyond food, to the structure that underlies most decisions: the political economy.
It's that time of year when New Year's resolutions begin to fade, and even the best-laid plans can become sidetracked as life gets busy. But as psychologists and behavioral economists have found reasons why it's so easy to let good intentions slide, they've also come up with tools to help.
In an interview with Ezra Klein at Vox.com, President Barack Obama briefly alluded to the "moral basis" of Obamacare:
"[With] the Affordable Care Act, a lot of the attention's been on making sure that the uninsured have peace of mind, and people who currently have insurance but at some point might lose it or have pre-existing conditions are going to have it. That's obviously the moral basis for what we did."
There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also -- let's face it -- glib, facile and patronizing.
President Obama's outward calm in the face of the peril of Russian adventurism in Ukraine is in keeping not only with his personality. It squares with his dogged determination to extract the United States from what he has decried as a permanent war footing existing since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Comcast did not invent the Internet. Neither did AT&T. They just hitched rides on it.
All to the betterment of mankind – I might add, unless mankind is crossing an intersection and an oncoming, texting 19-year-old driver is oblivious to the color red.
Therefore, consider this commentary not a slam on big telecom companies. It’s a plug for all who use the Internet.