Think of us as cicadas, the insects you’ve heard about ad nauseam, that live underground for 17 years and then surface to get it on. Well, we humans in the U.S. have sheltered in place for 17 months, give or take, tucked away from the ravages of COVID. And now we are about to find out how bawdy our bodies have become. Now millions of hibernating Americans will emerge, courtesy of the vaccine, to discover how the world has changed. The absence of masks — prima facie evidence of a return to “normal” — might reveal a metamorphosed … [Read more...] about Human cicadas
Joe Biden has a New Deal for America’s kids. He wants to spend more than $225 billion on child care for infants and toddlers, and $200 billion for free, universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. This is being hailed as a social revolution that will finally bring the United States in line with other advanced democracies. In reality, it’s a program that shows a pronounced class bias. And since it is heedless of the experience of other such mass programs in the United States and around the world, the Biden approach is also … [Read more...] about Biden’s child care folly
It makes a difference whether it’s a politician or if it’s a TV personality who makes a “stupid mistake” and says something over an open mic. If a TV personality does it, it really is a “stupid mistake.” The politician claims it was unintentional, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did before he appeared on “Fox and Friends” recently. But you can bet he knew the microphone was live as he blurted: “I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.” The “her” in Kevin McCarthy’s case was Liz Cheney, No. 3 in the House … [Read more...] about The GOP takeover
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently laid out some metrics that should lead to a gradual easing of statewide COVID restrictions. That’s certainly better than having no targets in place, yet many questions remain about how those benchmarks were set and what it will take to reach them. Just this week the state hit the first threshold — 55 percent of adults have gotten at least one dose of the COVID vaccine — so in two weeks the Whitmer administration says it will allow a return of in-person office work. The state had already been close to … [Read more...] about Transparency lacking on COVID goals
Reporters in any medium are charged with doing the tough work of holding up a mirror to their community. That mirror shows heart-warming stories that lift our faith in our neighbors and world; it reflects the less pleasant realities that corrupt our communities. It shows and tells the myriad, mundane things that impact our lives, the weather, traffic, new businesses, a gubernatorial visit. Last week Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stopped in Traverse City to sign a somewhat rote piece of legislation authorizing annual natural resources … [Read more...] about Don’t spit at the messenger
Once upon a time, Joe Biden’s spending proposals would have launched mass demonstrations in opposition. Little else would have been talked about in conservative media, and ambitious Republican politicians would have competed with one another to demonstrate the most intense resistance, up to and perhaps including chaining themselves to the U.S. Treasury building in protest. In 2009, President Barack Obama created a spontaneous, hugely influential conservative grassroots movement on the basis of an $800 billion stimulus bill and a … [Read more...] about Republicans no longer fazed by big spending
“America is not a racist country.” That was Sen. Tim Scott giving the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, calling on the nation to “root out systemic racism that plagues America.” Scott is the only Black GOP member of the Senate at this time. Joe Biden is not the only white Democrat, but the two of them pretty much said the same thing. However, it was Scott who suffered far more abuse as a token of a party that is now home to almost all bigots. He was quickly hashtagged “Uncle … [Read more...] about Racist country?
By LEE H. HAMILTON I’ve always been impressed that the preamble to the Constitution begins, “We the People of the United States.” We’ve heard the phrase so often that we don’t even stop to think about it. But as the proposed constitution was being debated in 1787, there were people who did—notably, Patrick Henry, who in a famous speech to the Virginia ratifying convention asked why the drafters hadn’t said, “We, the states.” By their phrasing, the founders made clear that they were creating a government, as Lincoln later put it, … [Read more...] about What do we mean when we talk about the ‘common good’?
We shook our heads in sadness to read in recent weeks of not one but two state lawmakers charged with drunken driving. First, police in early April in Livingston County arrested state Rep. Jewell Jones, a Democrat from Inkster, for allegedly driving drunk, resisting arrest, and illegally carrying a weapon. Then, on April 30, Grand Rapids-area police arrested state Rep. Bryan Posthumus, a Republican from that area, also for allegedly driving drunk after he rolled his vehicle in a crash. Drunk driving endangers the lives not … [Read more...] about Elected officials, your bar is higher
From the beginning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's explanation of the trip she took to Florida this spring to visit her ostensibly ailing father hasn't rang quite true. After it was learned Whitmer left the state, apparently while COVID-19 cases were spiking in Michigan and her administration was advising others not to travel, she offered bare bones details of her journey. The governor said she made a two-day visit to her father, former Blue Cross CEO Richard Whitmer, whom she said was suffering from a chronic illness. Whitmer could … [Read more...] about Whitmer must come clean, and clean house