Archive: July, 2013
To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway at the same time, philanthropists are very different from you and me. They have more money. They also have more power. Maybe it’s time to re-think where we’re going with this.
Week by week, more people are coming to grips with the reality that income inequality is the monster that is devouring the American dream. President Obama recognized this -- in word if not in deed -- over the weekend when he told the New York Times that the wealth disparity and its crippling effect on the middle class is "not a future we should accept."
Having observed liberals in action for more than four decades, I can tell you that one of the worst things they do is rally in desperation behind a certain candidate who they don't agree with on all the issues -- because he or she has the look of "a winner." I've never met a liberal who was excited about the "competent" Michael Dukakis in 1988 or the war hero (what could Karl Rove possibly say?!...heh) John Kerry in 2004, yet they won the presidential nomination. Those moves worked out really well for progressives, don't you think?
This winter I was asked to appear on a media panel in Harrisburg at something called the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit. It was a big room full of liberals -- and they were all from Pennsylvania! Who knew? Anyway, they took one of those straw polls on who should run for governor against Tom Corbett in 2014, and the landslide winner was Rep Allyson Y. Schwartz of Philadelphia/Montco. Liberals desperately want to get rid of Corbett, and Schwartz seems like the best option. She's experienced, poised, a champion of women's rights, and a proven fundraiser. "A winner."
This sounds familiar -- didn't I see this in the comments section, somewhere?
“I’m calling on all true Americans , all militia members, all true oath keepers to assemble, be ready to march on a tyrannical county government right here in Schuylkill county Pennsylvania, democrats are the true enemy of our country, our freedoms, our constitution, along with liberal news agency’s , liberal news reporters, much like hitlers nazis , time we clean these antiamerican thugs from office.”
President Obama on the economy: Pretty words, not matching what he actually does. As annoying or outright bad our 44th president has been on important issues like civil liberties, drones, etc., it's hard not to quibble with his stated economic policy. A focus on alternative energy, rebuilding other infrastructure, expanding health care to most citizens and raising the minimum wage for millions of low-wage workers might not be enough to save the vanishing American middle class. But at least they are moves in the right direction, as opposed to the suicidal idea promoted by Tea Party-inspired Republicans.
Here's a summary of part of the president's loooooong speech on the economy today:
George (Costanza) (Jason) Alexander (Julia) Louis (Dreyfus)? Seriously? At least now we know what Will and Kate have been doing for the last nine months -- watching Seinfeld reruns.
This happened exactly 46 years ago today.
In the pre-dawn hours on a Sunday morning -- July 23, 1967 -- Detroit police raided what the locals called a "blind pig" -- an unauthorized after-hours club on the city's west side where a large crowd of African-Americans were celebrating the safe return of two soldiers from the Vietnam War. The police decided to arrest everyone, but as the unwieldy operation dragged on for a couple of hours, a large crowd gathered on the street, as often happened on hot summer nights in the era before any poor folks had air conditioning.
You would think. But if a visitor from outer space might conclude the opposite after seeing how much coverage the murder of eight Philadelphians got a couple of weekends ago -- compared to the breathless coverage of the theft (and recovery) of a Lamborghini and a Bentley in East Falls this morning.
Unless he bought yesterday's Daily News and read this great package, anchored by this Stephanie Farr on the killing of a Philadelphia 17-year-old, Tremaine Rogers,