In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program." But if the program, now several decades old, had really been "halted" shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.
For more than three decades, working class Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators, and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key.
They say credit cards can be dangerous, but I can’t help it: I love the way you can just input that old number and send away for a thing.
"Corporations are people, my friend," presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously declared during an Iowa State Fair visit in 2011 after a heckler challenged him to support raising corporate taxes. "Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people." That suggestion of corporate benevolence flowing to the masses rather than corporate profits (sometimes enhanced by plant shutdowns, relocations and layoffs) flowing to the shareholders was bound to become the butt of jokes. But if the image of a corporation having facial features was stretching it, imagine a corporation praying. That's what a challenge to the Affordable Care Act now before the U.S. Supreme Court forces us to do.
I didn't. I first felt mild chest pains when walking in the old square in Wroclaw, Poland. It was an August afternoon after my lunchtime nap.
Opening college to students with developmental disabilities is a civil rights issue. Students with Down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities who participate in higher education are more likely to reach their full potential, be employed, live independently, and achieve self-sufficiency.
His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act just can’t understand why anybody would be so firmly opposed to the law. Many even persist in saying funny things like, “We need to develop a single payer system.” What those faithful stalwarts don’t get, and probably never will, is that Obamacare flies in the face of a deeply imbedded American principle.
For all the regional tensions in American politics, have you ever stopped to think what a boring country this would be without the South? Also without black people, of course, which may be another way of saying the same thing. Would there be any music at all?
“It’s official,” my Uncle Fud said as he sat beside me plucking a chicken that had recently been separated from its head by my Aunt Dud, who swings a mean hatchet. “What’s official?” I asked after flicking a floating feather from my face. “I read in the paper that the 113th Congress is the least productive bunch we’ve ever had in Washington,” he said. “We all thought that was true and now the numbers are in.”