Every week, in different forms -- some dismissive, others tactful -- the question above lands in my e-mail inbox. It comes from conservatives who wince at the thought of an untenured professor publishing right-wing opinions. There is a sincere concern underlying the question. It goes like this: the apotheosis of any academic´s career is tenure, and until one has tenure, one should not tempt fate by alienating the overwhelmingly liberal power structure that decides promotion cases. Some commenters are earnest in saying "just teach your area of expertise." But for me, all roads lead to
John Cornyn is known for being a politician who carefully chooses his words. He is, by choice, deliberate and judicious. Today, he was just plain mad. In an interview on Fox News, the San Antonio Republican condemned a proposal floated by the White House to unilaterally raise the nation’s debt ceiling if Congress fails to act before the spring 2013 deadline. “It’s profoundly irresponsible,” Cornyn said. “So that’s a crazy idea and I’m amazed that [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner had the courage to float that yesterday.”
So what lessons should Republicans learn from the 2016 election? I don’t think anyone other than me has thought to ask this question, as Republicans tend not to be very analytical. But I think the answer is pretty obvious when you look at the failure of their presidential candidate this year and the one in 2008: Republicans need to stop nominating right-wing extremists like John McCain and Mitt Romney. Obviously, the two most recent Republican presidential candidates were far too extreme to the right to be elected by the American public.
Americans are told that they face a fiscal cliff if automatic spending cuts and tax increases occur at the end of the year.I´m not in favor of jumping off a cliff, but the logic of the proprosed threat needs to be questioned. The fiscal cliff narrative assumes that spending cuts are bad for the ecconomy. It follows then, that more spending (and therefore more government debt) are good for the economy.
What now, Republicans? Since their stunning electoral loss, the GOP has been bombarded – from without and within – with analyses blaming their defeat on an array of problems. The Republican base has become “too old, male and white.” They are technologically inept. Mitt Romney was too patrician. The GOP is caught in a demographic tailspin from which it will never return. Much of this is overwrought. The truth is simple, as it usually is. Romney ran a weak campaign whose strategists badly misread the electorate (which explains their absolute shock at losing).
Crystal Thompson’s frustration was palpable as she settled down at a table in the SC Works Career Center in Summerville this week. She swore she already had filled out a particular unemployment form on a prior visit. Her 5- and 3-year-old daughters were fidgeting and chatty. And then, of course, there was the larger circumstance that brought her into 2885 West 5th North St. Wednesday afternoon: no job. Thompson made $18 an hour as a senior account executive at Daniel Island giftware manufacturer Davis & Small until March, and the 36-year-old single mother hasn’t been able to find suitable replacement
Game. Set. Match.The feisty US Open referee who was busted before the tournament this year for allegedly killing her husband in LA was cleared of all charges yesterday.Prosecutors had accused veteran tennis umpire Lois Goodman, 70, of bludgeoning and slashing her 80-year-old hubby, Alan, to death with a broken coffee mug in their Woodland Hills, Calif., condo in April.She was arrested in Midtown on murder charges in August en route to Flushing Meadow and dragged off to Rikers Island, before being humiliatingly flown back to LA in handcuffs.
THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths.
David Cameron last night faced mounting pressure to promise a referendum on the EU after Ukip’s best ever by-election result. Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage said his party was now the main challenger to Labour in the North of England after it surged to second place in two key votes. He hailed Ukip’s “best-ever by-election result” after support for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats collapsed in Rotherham and Middlesbrough. After Ukip secured almost 22 percent of the vote in Rotherham, he warned it should not be underestimated, adding: “Which ever way you look at it, Ukip is on the
HATFIELD, Penn. - President Barack Obama turned up the pressure in "fiscal cliff" talks on Friday, hitting the road to drum up support for his drive to raise taxes on the wealthy and warning Americans that Republicans were offering them "a lump of coal" for Christmas.In a visit to a Pennsylvania toy factory, Obama portrayed congressional Republicans as Scrooges who risked sending the country over the fiscal cliff rather than strike a deal to avert the tax increases and spending cuts that begin in January unless Congress intervenes.
What do dogs get up to when their owners are at work? They have a pool party of course. Well, this particular pet does anyway. An amusing video has captured a Great Dane having a great time tumbling down a waterslide into its owner´s swimming pool, supposedly while they´re out for the day. The footage, uploaded on Pawnation.com this week, is doing the rounds online, with dog lovers fawning over the pooch´s impressive party trick. The huge black animal is seen on the tape bounding down the slippery slide, which is carved out of what look to be rocks
The cost of the Welfare State has risen 12-fold in real terms since its introduction, figures reveal today – as George Osborne prepares to unveil a benefits freeze. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions to mark the 70th anniversary of William Beveridge’s landmark report on welfare, show the cost of the modern system dwarfs that of his original vision. They come as the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to next week’s Autumn Statement on the economy, when he is expected to announce a freeze in the value of most benefits apart from pensions and disability payments.
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators. The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this. But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect.
On the surface, green energy sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, it is extremely costly and requires heavy government subsidies. Last year, the epic downfall of Solyndra — the former solar cell manufacturer backed by the Obama administration — was one of the most notorious blows to the industry. As with most young industries, experts argue that green energy just needs time before it can reach economies of scale and become cost effective. But lately, those time frames have become extended. Meanwhile, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas continue to be devastatingly cheap.
A rowdy group of 70 House freshmen gathered in the Rayburn building on Friday for a monumental moment of their new lives in Washington: the congressional office lottery. It’s one of the few times when it’s just fine for politicians to start measuring the drapes for their new digs. Suffice to say it was not your typical Hill event. Members and staff pore over maps of office buildings, desperately hoping to draw a low number and land prime working space. They picked their numbers and scampered off on an office scavenger hunt, trying to determine
Now that your focus on table manners around the Thanksgiving dinner table has passed, it’s time to switch to theater manners during this season of nutcrackers and scrooges. A few weeks ago during a terrific production of “Guys and Dolls” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a large man sitting next to me used his ticket stub to floss his teeth and later used his hands to pat his tummy (did he think the orchestra’s percussion section needed help?). I said nothing because “Please floss at home and stop banging your drum” didn’t feel right,
Sen. Mary Landrieu and President Barack Obama can link arms on many pieces of the White House´s proposed budget package, including raising taxes on higher-income Americans and spending more on infrastructure. But Ms. Landrieu, along with a notable handful of Democratic colleagues, parts ways with the White House on one increasingly thorny issue: the president´s call to raise the estate tax as part of Washington´s bid to strike a deficit-cutting deal before year´s end. "This particular tax is inherently unfair," Ms. Landrieu said, adding that she would oppose any year-end
Starting before the Civil War era, America´s political dividing lines were drawn along state and regional borders. Cities and the then-extensive rural areas shared a worldview North and South of the Mason-Dixon line. While there was always tension within states, they were bound by a common politics. The city of Charleston, for example, was as rabidly anti-North as some inland plantation areas. Economic engines, ways of life, and moral philosophies changed at the 36th parallel, where the North began. Today, that divide has vanished. The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside.
The ways in which the Romney-Ryan ticket beat Democrats on Medicare talking points are detailed in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Dan Senor and Peter Wehner say the Republicans won on one major issue, Medicare, despite losing the presidential election: That was supposed to be impossible. Republicans were warned that if their nominee made even sympathetic noises about Medicare reform, it would be politically poisonous. Mitt Romney, to his great credit, ignored the warnings. He not only endorsed structural reforms for Medicare, he chose as his running mate
During a press conference in Washington yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for "their real achievements on the ground" citing the safe streets of the West Bank, the overhaul of government institutions and helping to enhance Israel´s security. Clinton then berated Israel for announcing new settlement construction stating such activities "set back the cause of a negotiated peace." I suppose Hillary thinks Palestinian unilateral declarations of independence are just fine and dandy. Well, last I checked Palestinians were throwing stones at PA buildings
Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise." This morning I outlined three possible contingencies for Republicans, none of which is especially attractive. But is there a fourth way? The GOP´s dilemma is a doozy. Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular proposition at the moment -- while offering almost nothing meaningful in return. Meanwhile, Democrats´ allies in the media have been crafting
America is entering a period of prolonged austerity. The entitlement commitments made by past generations have been rendered untenable by demographics and health cost inflation. The problem is no one’s particular fault, but it is very, very large. Failing to get our borrowing under control would deny our children the lives we have had in this country. This readjustment has begun to change the tenor of politics, which is increasingly focused on the distribution of painful burdens. It used to be that a budget compromise between Republicans and Democrats meant that both sides got what they wanted —
For a brief moment last month--roughly a 72-hour span beginning at 11:00 p.m. on November 6 and concluding late in the evening of November 9?—?everyone in America was interested in demographics. That’s because, in addition to rewarding the just, punishing the wicked, and certifying that America was (for the moment) not racist, President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney pointed to two ineluctable demographic truths. The first was expected: that the growth of the Hispanic-American cohort is irresistible and will radically transform our country’s ethnic future. The second caught people by surprise: that the proportion of unmarried Americans
WASHINGTON — The government on Friday released more than 850 pages of once-secret documents from the Watergate political scandal, providing new insights on privileged legal conversations and prison evaluations of some burglars in the case. A federal judge had decided earlier this month to unseal some material, but other records still remain off limits. The files do not appear to provide any significant new revelations in the 40-year-old case that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and criminal prosecutions of many of his top White House and political aides. But the files provide useful context for historians,
The small band of strikers that has effectively shut down the nation´s busiest shipping complex forced two huge cargo ships to head for other ports Thursday and kept at least three others away, hobbling an economic powerhouse in Southern California. The disruption is costing an estimated $1 billion a day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, on which some 600,000 truckers, dockworkers, trading companies and others depend for their livelihoods. "The longer it goes, the more the impacts increase," said Paul Bingham, an economist with infrastructure consulting firm CDM Smith.