I was sorry to see that Tom Laughlin, the creator of the iconic “Billy Jack” movie franchise, passed away recently. Very few film heroes fought social and economic injustice the way Laughlin’s fictional former Green Beret did.
Calling the indescribable circus underway in the nation’s Capitol a “shutdown” violates the purposes of the English language to adequately describe actions attributable to adults supposed to be leaders, all paid and more than adequately supported by taxpayers.
Today the Affordable Care Act became official. States opened enrollment on exchanges for private insurance, with coverage slated to effectively begin January 1. It’s done, it’s real, it happened — even with our government temporarily shuttered.
There’s only one PR campaign worse than President Obama’s failure to promote Obamacare, his signature legislative achievement. That’s the crazed obsession of Tea Party Republicans to shut down the government.
BP has been running ads in the Wall Street Journal and other financial outlets, complaining that’s it’s being robbed by the gold-diggers living on the Gulf of Mexico (and their legal teams) who are seeking unwarranted compensation for its massive oil spill. That’s a questionable position.
President Obama is escalating his rhetoric against the Syrian regime in the aftermath of a dubious report of a chemical attack. It's going to take a long more than tough talk from the president to rally U.S. public support for another military adventure in the Middle East.
Americans, still stung by the misadventure in Iraq and the continued agony of Afghanistan, are solidly against arming the motley crew of rebels who are trying to overthrow the country's butcher, Bashar al-Assad.
If you enjoy revisionist history, demagogic lectures and fairy tales, believe that Big Government Democratic legislation since the 1930s will result in the United States becoming a socialist, fascist or communist country, long for the days when economic royalists and robber barons, past and present, know what’s best for the economy, and that Americans should swim or sink without a government safety net, you’re probably a believer in Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy of “… government is best which governs least…”
There’s a kernel of truth to the notion that Republicans lost a very winnable presidential election because of poor PR.
Clueless Mitt Romney, of 47 percent infamy, certainly was no match for President Obama and the Democratic communications machine -- though the commander-in-chief did make it interesting during his debate snooze.
The biggest stumbling block for the GOP comes down to a more daunting obstacle: issues. The party is simply on the wrong side of them when it comes to matters that affect the vast bulk of Americans.
Former New York Senator Al D’Amato is representing real estate interests and residents of Manhattan’s swanky Upper East Side that want to kill New York City’s plan to reopen a marine waste transfer station on 91 St and the East River.
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled his solid waste management plan in 2002, a program that called for an equitable distribution of NYC’s garbage. The program calls for transporting NYC garbage via barge or rail thus reducing the number of fume-belching trucks from city streets.
Despite widespread knowledge that the justification of the war -- Iraq had weapons of mass destruction -- turned out to be bogus, only a third of early war backers have since changed their minds. That distressing number illustrates the harmful nature of spin. It’s hard to un-spin spin, especially when it was presented by an authority figure like the president of the U.S.
Management referred readers to check out the paper’s Caucus blog for green policy news and the Bits blog for technology news. It also provided Twitter accounts for staffers who contributed to Dot Earth.
The spiking of Dot Earth follows the NYT decision in January to close its environmental bureau.
For people interested in in-depth news coverage, television news has always been overrated. I’m not referring to the occasional exceptions like Edward Morrow’s take down of Sen. Joe McCarthy or Walter Cronkite’s reporting on Viet Nam but to the daily news reports, which are normally nothing more than extended sound bites or synopses of happenings.
But the superficiality of TV news reached a new low with the extensive coverage of two stories – one of a serious nature; the other a hoax:
My favorite conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, in his Feb. 23 New York Times piece, put a somewhat positive spin on post-employment America, or the life of leisure “enjoyed” by people struggling to get by on food stamps and a series of minimum wage jobs.
It makes one wonder if Ross knows anybody who has been pounding the pavement day after day in search of work. It’s a soul-crushing experience.
His piece was reminiscent of a Wall Street Journal editorial a few years back, which toasted the “lucky duckies” who paid no federal income tax because their wages were so low.