(Centennial Fellow) New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the new Carrie Nation, and that’s no small thing because she was no small thing. Says one biographer, she was the “prime dragoness on a field strewn with the bones of sinners,” a hatchet–wielding, epithet–spouting, hymn–singing crusader who broke whatever was breakable and threw bricks at whatever moved. Her purpose was to stymie booze consumption through bar destruction. Continue reading
“Spit in the ocean” — it’s a phrase that’s well-worn, and for a reason, namely that it sums up so splendidly the idea of something that is itsy-bitsy relative to something very, very big.
“Sequestration” — it’s a four-syllable word referring to across-the-board spending cuts of $85 billion scheduled for automatic implementation with the purpose of reducing deficits and better controlling the federal debt. However large it sounds, the amount is spit next to the oceanic gobs of owed money that could easily drown the American economy. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) While it included some reasonably expressed generalities, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was also a mix of black swan obliviousness and invisible gorilla syndrome, with some goulash for the gullible thrown in as well.
The worst of it revealed much that’s wrong with politics, even as it was delivered in a tone of morally superior wisdom that clearly caused some commentators to forget the test of wisdom. It is found in outcomes far different from a recovery so mangled that average middle-class income per household actually declined thousands of dollars more than during the preceding recession. Continue reading
Since the voters thought Mitt Romney could not save us from the fix we’re in, who’s going to do it? The fiscal cliff is just one of many cliffs that has threatened us with a mighty tumble over its edge, and Congress is more nearly the sneak who trips you than the guide who leads you to safety.
Don’t meanwhile look for rescue from the White House amateur otherwise known as President Barack Obama. As an example of his helpfulness, this New Year arrives with five new Obamacare taxes that will add painfully to health costs and otherwise bollix up our lives. Continue reading
It’s the holidays, college and university students are mostly back at home, and here’s a thought. There’s a great movie out about Abraham Lincoln, and with no classes to interfere, they ought to go to it and learn some American history. — Many students, you may not realize, don’t know beans about their own country’s past. Back some years ago, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni commissioned a study of how much seniors at 55 elite universities knew about fundamental, high school-level historical matters, and guess what. A startling 81 percent got either a “D” or an “F” on a test. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Good grief, says an Obama campaign struggling to regain its footing after a bad debate stumble, Mitt Romney said he wants to strip Big Bird of federal funding, and that would be awful. What could really be awful — a tipping-point calamity for this country of ours — would be a second Obama term in which the White House continues its politically convenient fiscal negligence. Continue reading
Bob Woodward has been telling on presidents since he and Carl Bernstein teamed up to reveal the Watergate misdeeds of President Richard Nixon in the mid-1970s, and he’s at it again. This time, it’s President Barack Obama who is feeling the sting, not because of criminal acts, but because of ineptness, arrogance and other attributes that in combination spell peril for America. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow)The Democrats want to scare the elderly to death about Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposals even though they won’t affect anyone over 54. And here’s what they’re not telling anyone: Their own legislative mishaps include billions in cuts that start eating away at Medicare right around the corner and won’t address the debt threat because of the coming costs of Obamacare. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) After Harry Reid said Mitt Romney went for 10 years without paying taxes, one Republican spokesman called him “a dirty liar,” which was true enough and perfectly apt, but was the tiniest part of the story. As surely one of the worst Senate majority leaders in U.S. history, this bumbling, fumbling mishap of a Democratic legislator has helped set the country up for a mighty fall. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) In Russia, Vladimir Putin’s government is prosecuting three women for a prayer to toss the president out of office. In the Netherlands and Denmark, officials have been putting people on trial for what they have said about Muslims. In Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, mayors are aiming to stop a restaurant chain from expanding its outlets because the owner does not believe in gay marriage. Continue reading