By the time you read this, there is a strong possibility the shutdown will be over...at least for a set period of time. Inevitably, there will be those who feel disappointed by their Representatives because they either "gave up" too soon or were "too stubborn" to come to the negotiation table. It is only natural … Continue reading Respect…(Just a Little Bit)
With him being a former professor who taught constitutional law, I am constantly astonished when our President uses imagery that makes constitutional actions by Congress look more like back-alley thievery. As many teachers and professors understand, vivid imagery makes topics come to life, and can grow larger in the student's mind than the actual text of the topic … Continue reading Debt Ceiling Stick-up?
In many ways not unexpected, I awoke this morning to the news that Republicans and Democrats came to a last minute agreement to avoid the impending government shutdown (Click here for information concerning the agreement). For the numerous military and government employed families, they can breathe a little easier knowing that they will not have … Continue reading A Half-Slice Compromise
I have seen several cartoons over the past few days and they often look like this: The message is that Republicans are only looking out for the “rich.” For anyone who has not had the chance to follow the news, Democrats have essentially made the extension of the Bush tax cuts dependant on extending unemployment … Continue reading From Salaries to Taxes, One Tax Increase at a Time
The other day I was reading Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws ( 1748 ) and found myself struck by the relevance of his assessment of democracies. I was especially taken by a story he told from Xenphon’s Symposium. Montesquieu’s writes: Each guest in turn gives his reason for being pleased with himself. “I am pleased … Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: The Human Inequality of Equality
Recently Nancy Pelosi attempted to insert contraceptives as part of the $825 billion dollar so called “stimulus package.” She stated that family planning, (a.k.a, reduction of births in the lower income brackets) would “ reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education … Continue reading Robbing the Cradle
While the media is no longer focusing on the Big Three’s problems, their problems have not disappeared and until the CEOs of those companies probably handles them, they will continue to reappear as assuredly as the Clintons do in politics. So what should be done once it does recapture the media spotlight? Rather than temporarily … Continue reading Removing the Splinter before it Grows into a Tree of a Problem