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Jan 26,2007
This is the time of year that I should begin failing my New Year's resolutions. That is, if I'd made any, which I haven't. I've never been much of a New Year's resolutioner. I never understood why Jan. 1 is any better than, say, Sept. 17, March 11, or any other date, that isn't the first day of a new year, to begin the course of improving one's life. Of course, this philosophy allows me ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
What does The New York Times call it when liberals concoct schemes to soak taxpayers for more government health programs, more sex and abortion clinics, and more predatory, Kinsey-based sex “education” courses? Answer: “Governing from the center.” In a Jan. 16 front-page article, “Democrats Seek the Middle on Social Issues,” Times reporter Robin Toner cites the Prevention First Act, a colossal increase in Title X “family planning” spending, as an example of the Democrats’ “new ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
In light of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebration, USA Today recently asked me about the future of the civil rights movement half a century or so after it began. I told the paper the role of the National Urban League and other civil rights groups was evolving to cater to the younger generation, which possesses no memories of a struggle born well before they were. Today's youth are looking for something different than ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Controversial public relations outfit awarded yet another Pentagon contract: up to $20 million for monitoring the media Since the inception of the Iraq war, and even during the run-up to the invasion, the Bush Administration aimed to control the news about, and from, Iraq. Early on, embedded reporters told moving, albeit questionable stories about the toppling of the statue of Saddam and the heroism of individual soldiers as the military quickly seized Baghdad. Over the course ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
The problems with public schools - low scores and lack of discipline - are bad and not improving. Therefore, we need the federal government to take the management of schools away from school boards, and we need state taxpayers to take the funding of schools away from local jurisdictions. Right? No, wrong - because there is no evidence that those Draconian changes will improve test scores or student behavior. But Marc Tucker, who peddled school ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
There have been nearly a dozen failed efforts to establish compulsory health insurance in California. A new attempt is now under way - one that just might catch on. And if it does, who would have guessed the reform would be pushed by a rugged refugee from Muscle Beach, out Venice way? Or, for that matter, by a Republican? By Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, no less. We all know slews of Republicans who will think it ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Back in November, the black community, which mobilized and turned out in record numbers to vote, played a major role in achieving the transformation that has taken place on Capitol Hill. With the 110th Congress in full swing and its first female house speaker in U.S. history in command and blacks in prominent leadership posts, it's time for lawmakers to make good on their election-year rhetoric. So far, so good. Under the tutelage of Speaker ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
I remember as a child returning home from a shopping trip with my sister and my mom. Dad had been left to tend our younger sister, who was still a baby. Those were the days of cloth diapers, and we found one out in the yard of our farmhouse when we returned that evening. Dad had been forced to change a diaper. Appalled by its contents, he removed it from the child and whipped it ... [full story]
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Jan 12,2007
When you look at the biographies of our founding fathers, almost all of them include remarks about how that person was "a great orator." How many presidents have earned that moniker since the advent of radio and TV in the last century? Three, maybe four in eighty years.Consider the legacy of FDR. Though some of us might remember him for his massive social programs that helped us rise from the Depression, most of us remember ... [full story]
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Jan 12,2007
President George W. Bush's secret plan for Social Security has just been released to the public in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by TREA Senior Citizens League, a million-member seniors advocacy group. For years the president carried on an energetic public relations campaign to promote his plan to privatize part of Social Security, but he kept under White House lock and key the "totalization" agreement his administration secretly made with Mexico in ... [full story]
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Jan 12,2007
In December, the Selective Service announced that in 2009, it will conduct "readiness" tests for a draft. You know ... just in case. Nationwide, draft boards have been filled since 2004. You know ... just in case. However, President Bush has said repeatedly there will be no draft. For those worried about the prospect, it's a good sign because Bush rarely changes his mind, even when he should. For one thing, the all-volunteer military works. ... [full story]
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Jan 12,2007
Bush crony re-nominated as chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors On November 14, in a move indicative of President Bush's intention to continue to surround himself with political cronies with questionable ethics records, Kenneth L. Tomlinson was re-nominated by the president as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors -- the agency that supervises the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, the Arab-language Alhurra, Radio Marti and other government radio and television operations that ... [full story]
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Jan 12,2007
I really envy Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., the incoming chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He told Tim Russert on Sunday's "Meet the Press" that the first thing he'll do is hold hearings on the right course of action in Iraq and listen to both sides of the issue from political, military and diplomatic experts. Biden then said he'd offer a resolution to begin an orderly withdrawal and redeployment of U.S. troops to end ... [full story]
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