The rich are different from you and me — they can buy themselves instant presidential campaigns. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has elbowed himself into the Democratic nomination race solely on the basis of his fortune. His campaign is high-handed as only a billionaire many times over could even contemplate. He entered late, is skipping the early contests and hasn’t participated in any of the debates to date (although that will change soon, thanks to the Democratic National Committee retrofitting its rules for … [Read more...] about Mike Bloomberg’s offensive campaign
By LEE H. HAMILTON When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these had to do with simple manners. “Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth, napkin, fork or knife,” reads Rule 100. Good advice at any time. But the first rule the future president wrote down and followed for the rest of his life was especially notable: “Every action done in company, ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.” There are times … [Read more...] about Without civility, our system doesn’t work
I’ve ranted about the expression “Breaking News!” before. But like any issue I confront, it only gets worse. So it is with this one. Nowadays, all the networks, without exception, open each and every newscast with that worn-out expression. Obviously, the anchormen and -women have been ordered to start with their robust “BREAKING NEWS” declaration as a way of contriving drama and immediacy, even if the top story happened hours ago. It’s the handiwork of the marketing consultants who rule TV reporting, hucksters whose job it is to … [Read more...] about Breaking news
In his most recent State of the Union address, President Donald Trump asked Congress to stand with him and “prohibit free government health care for illegal aliens.” He was referring to “Medicare for All” proposals that would provide government health benefits to all U.S. “residents,” including undocumented immigrants. Whether our public health is better served by including or excluding the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country is a debate worth having, and one that will surely take place should any Medicare for All … [Read more...] about Is there room in the United States for legal immigrants who need assistance?
Children in the United States are dying from the flu even as the new coronavirus continues to spread. That should give us more than a little pause. As some Americans continue to scoff at best health practices, including appropriate vaccines for the flu, how ready are we to handle a viral pandemic? Some 10,000 Americans have died of the flu this year, and 180,000 have been hospitalized. "Please, it is not too late to get a flu shot, and there are measures we can all take that can help keep us healthy this season.” Connecticut … [Read more...] about The deadly serious business of fighting the flu
And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump in early February 2020. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016, was a signal event in this long election year, but it didn’t really conclude anything, even though the result wasn’t in doubt. Usually, contested elections are ties or near-ties. This is the first time an election has gone into overtime, with repeated attempts at what were in … [Read more...] about The end of 2016
It’s not just that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chewed out NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly after she dared to ask him questions he didn’t like. Nor is it so objectionable that his tirade was saturated with F-bombs. And it certainly is not because she’s a woman. When it comes to reporters, Pompeo is not just a misogynist but a mistersogynist. He’s an equal opportunity jerk, as evidenced by his decision to block NPR from his plane for his trip to Kyiv. No wonder President Trump likes him so much. He’s not your stereotypical … [Read more...] about Trumpster gangsters
On to November and the presidential election. That’s when and where President Donald Trump’s fate will be decided. And it will be the American people who make the decision. There should never have been any doubt about their opportunity to do so. Democrats launched the impeachment of Trump out of pure partisan motivation, seeking a guarantee that voters would not be able to return him to office. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the Democrat who led the House impeachment process, said as much on the Senate floor during Trump’s … [Read more...] about Voters now hold Trump’s fate
By DAVID GUENTHNER A new year often promises change beyond the number you scribble on the date line of your checks. It can mean new opportunities, new priorities and new goals. But when it comes to Michigan state government, 2020 presents the possibility of more of the same. On issues where there were accomplishments last year, state leaders will look to do more. On issues where there weren’t, they will try to identify a path forward — and blame the other party when they can’t. The only bill the Legislature truly must pass is a … [Read more...] about 2020: A new day, or Groundhog Day?
It’s easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It’s not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn’t, or didn’t bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question is whether the United States Senate will impose the most severe sanction it has ever inflicted on any chief executive, voting to remove a president for the first time in the history of the country and doing it about 10 months from his re-election bid. This is a truly radical step that, if … [Read more...] about Trump removal would be insane