‘Job Creators’ are Jōb creators


"My worry is that for American job creators, all the uncertainty is turning to fear that this toxic environment for job creation is a permanent state. "Job creators in America are essentially on strike." - Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., September 15, 2011 Job creators. We… Continue reading ‘Job Creators’ are Jōb creators

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Debt rhetoric scary and entertaining at the same time


"I think disgust is still a valid emotion, and that's kind of the way I'm viewing this." - James Amos, CEO, Tasti D-Lite, discussing Congress' dysfunction, highlighted by the "self-inflicted" debt crisis, on MSNBC's Jansing & Co, Friday, July 29, 2011 The time for staying above the fray with logic has passed. The simmering, schmaltz-laden… Continue reading Debt rhetoric scary and entertaining at the same time

America’s mad circus


"There is no aphrodisiac like madness, but it wears off quickly." -Kevin Baker, from his novel, Dreamland (HarperCollins, 1999) In the din of madness, the seething intensity of rancorous anger, the light of American glory dims yellow like a string of bare bulbs outside a red, white and blue striped circus tent. The barker calls… Continue reading America’s mad circus

The ebbing tide of war


"...tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding." - President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011 For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. Soon, they will turn and march for home. Obama… Continue reading The ebbing tide of war

Compelled to compromise, Obama and Dems can’t win


When Barack Obama ran for president, in 2008, he spoke of ending the Bush era tax-cuts for the upper two percent of earners, of bringing an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, of allowing the most draconian aspects of the Patriot Act to end and of ending the cultural divide over decades-old social… Continue reading Compelled to compromise, Obama and Dems can’t win

Pawlenty’s opening salvo – Obama’s not like you, I am


In the video posted on YouTube to kick off his 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, hidden beneath the soaring score, talks a lot about "truth." The one truth he apparently wants you to remember, is about the depth of the problems our country is having, "and who has… Continue reading Pawlenty’s opening salvo – Obama’s not like you, I am

Obama’s trust gap


Muslims. Obama. Trust. Those three words are the sinking wedge that exploits another piece of the unfinished business of the 2008 campaign and election, the gap between Barack Obama and the usually, mostly Democratic, American Jewish electorate. Call it the Jewish version of the birther issue, in that it would take an overt, demonstrative act… Continue reading Obama’s trust gap

When, in the course of Egyptian events…


"The voices of the Egyptian people tell us that this is one of those moments; this is one of those times." - President Barack Obama, February 1, 2011 It's never a good time for a revolution, but it is the time to which we've come. It's not a clash of religions, or classes, or wealth… Continue reading When, in the course of Egyptian events…

No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now


Arachnoid behavior manifests when the web twitches in a connected world. A disturbance somewhere is felt everywhere. Gone is the luxury of isolationism that was argued as a matter of principle during the European upheavals less than a century ago. As Eleanor Roosevelt pointed out in a 1938 letter to a journalist : "[T]he trouble… Continue reading No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now

Here lies Old Hope


I am at the age when the pattern that leads to the deaths of ill dear ones seems clear. Whether it is a doctor's optimism or the body's stubbornness to give in to mortality, there always seems to be that glimmer of possibility that shows up in the last few hours of being alive. The… Continue reading Here lies Old Hope