If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.Read More
Ask Tea Party adherents what inspires them most and many will say their reverence of history. Indeed it’s not unusual at Tea Party rallies to see bands of self-referential patriots dressed up in Revolutionary War garb, wearing tricorn hats and carrying their defiant Don’t Tread on Me flags.Read More »
We’re at a bustling town fair, a few weeks from now. Kids climb on the firetruck. Community groups sell cupcakes and give out flyers. At the “Enroll America” booth, people are on healthcare.gov signing up for the health insurance marketplace.Read More »
Shortly after I started writing speeches for Jim Miller, President Reagan’s budget director, Jim debated Democrat Congressman Bill Gray, then chairman of the House Budget Committee. In the course of his remarks, Gray insisted that there was no more fat to cut from the federal budget, “We’re down to bone and marrow.”
Jim, as was his wont, replied to this rather absurd pronouncement with appropriate tact and politeness. But when we got back to his office, he was fuming. “Bone and marrow!” he muttered. “Bone and marrow! Why that…”
Spotting a chance to ingratiate myself with my new boss, I piped up, “I think you’ve got a pretty good speech right there, Jim.”
“How’s that?” he asked, a tad suspiciously.Read More »
What is it that the people in the private sector know that the president doesn’t?
For one thing, they know that the cuts amount to only 2.8 percent of the federal budget. They also know that key sectors of the economy, like manufacturing, energy and housing are rebounding without the government assistance that President Obama claims is indispensible.Read More »
House Speaker John Boehner recently confided in an interview that what astonished him most during his marathon negotiations with President Obama on avoiding the fiscal cliff was when Mr. Obama said to him, “We don’t have a spending problem.”
When I read that, I was reduced to sputtering indignation: “We don’t have a spending problem??!! What planet is that man living on??!!”
And yet, just a couple of days later, I read a column by Matt Steinglass in the January 8 issue of the Economist that made me realize that Mr. Obama was entirely right. We don’t have a spending problem; we have a tax problem.Read More »
America may have skirted the fiscal cliff, but don’t unfasten your seatbelts just yet. Looming ahead is the energy cliff, another avoidable crisis brought on by our own ignorance, complacency and lack of leadership.
That was the grim warning conveyed yesterday afternoon by veteran energy executive John Hofmeister at a meeting of the Houston chapter of the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company, currently heads a public advocacy group called Citizens for Affordable Energy, devoted to educating the American people and our leaders on the need for responsible energy policies.Read More »