The compromise between President Obama and Republican congressional leaders over extending both the Bush tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits proves that neither side is serious about wanting to reduce the federal debt or telling Americans the truth about the U.S. tax burden.
First it was Helen Thomas. Then it was Rick Sanchez. And now it's Juan Williams. All were fired or pressured to resign because of controversial comments they made away from their places of employment.
Glenn Beck has issued a tepid apology after mocking President Obama's 11-year-old daughter. I do not accept his apology. Not because I am unforgiving. I don't accept it because it is halfhearted, and Beck's latest outburst is part of a larger pattern of personal attacks on the president's family.
Despite efforts to portray himself more of a centralist, Barack Obama is decidedly liberal. Notwithstanding efforts to make John McCain appear to be a maverick, he is definitely conservative, having voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in the last session of Congress, according to Congressional Quarterly.
George Curry is the former editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He was also editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, which, under his leadership, won more than 40 national journalism awards. Curry is a former Washington correspondent and New York bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune. He was also a reporter for Sports Illustrated and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2003, the National Associatiom of Black Journalists named him "Journalist of the Year."
His column, "Beyond the Spin," appears every other Thursday on The Inquirer's Commentary Page.