A favorite "progressive" trope is that America´s middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s. One version of this claim, made by Robert Reich, President Clinton´s labor secretary, is typical: "After three decades of flat wages during which almost all the gains of growth have gone to the very top," he wrote in 2010, "the middle class no longer has the buying power to keep the economy going." This trope is spectacularly wrong. It is true enough that, when adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index, the average hourly wage of nonsupervisory workers in America has Headline corrected by Staff.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it was “unacceptable” for the Defense Department to leak news about lifting the ban on women serving in direct combat positions prior to briefing Congress. News reports on Wednesday citing “senior defense officials” said that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was lifting the ban, put in place in 1994. Specific details were not provided but it was reported that Panetta would make an official announcement on Thursday. In a May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries
Presidency: President Obama´s second inaugural address made a great show of defending Social Security and Medicare from any change. It may turn out to be the defining mistake of his presidency. ´We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," he said. But pretending these programs don´t need to change to survive is a choice. And it´s a choice that virtually ensures the young people Obama professes to want to "invest in" will have little to show
NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has posted a list of 15 items that New York’s Democrats in the state Senate wanted to include in the gun bill they rammed through last week. Is this the Democratic Party’s true gun agenda on display? 1. Confiscation of “assault weapons” 2. Confiscation o ten round clips 3. Statewide database for ALL Guns 4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced to the public 5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
In his second inaugural address on Monday, President Obama laudably promised to "respond to the threat of climate change." Unfortunately, when the president described the urgent nature of the threat—the "devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms"—the scary examples suggested that he is contemplating poor policies that don´t point to any real, let alone smart, solutions. Global warming is a problem that needs fixing, but exaggeration doesn´t help, and it often distracts us from simple, cheaper and smarter solutions. For starters, let´s address the three horsemen of the climate apocalypse that Mr. Obama mentioned.
Remember all those mainstream news reports before the election about how President Obama´s expansive spending plans would require massive tax hikes on everyone, not just millionaires and billionaires? Neither do we. But somehow after the election, reporters are finally admitting that Obama´s budget numbers simply don´t add up and that new taxes on the middle class — including a European-style value added tax — are "inevitable." New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter, for example, wrote this week that the $620 billion in tax hikes on the rich that Obama secured as part of the fiscal-
America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday´s news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise. It appears that female soldiers will be allowed on the battlefield but not in the infantry. Yet it is a distinction without much difference: Infantry units serve side-by-side in combat with artillery, engineers, drivers, medics and others who will likely now include women. The Pentagon would do well to consider realities of life in combat as it pushes to mix men and women on the battlefield.
Terrorism: Hillary Clinton´s long-postponed congressional testimony on last year´s Libya terror attack leaving four Americans dead used the left´s favorite weapon: emotionalism. But crying and yelling can´t cover up lies. Tears didn´t work very well for candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign, when she turned on the waterworks in a last-ditch effort to fend off Barack Obama. "This is very personal for me. It´s not just political," the ex-first lady who felt entitled to the Democratic nomination pouted back then. "It´s about our country. It´s about our kids´ futures." On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service´s leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.(Snip)A positive test result for a sailor reporting to work - a reading of 0.02 percent or higher - won´t be used to punish sailors. But the Navy said it could be used to refer him or her to a drug and alcohol program adviser. Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, said the random tests could help spot sailors
Even if the adopters of the Second Amendment intended it as protection against their own government – at best a long reach in both logic and the historical record – it does not provide the absolutism the extremist wing of the gun lobby claims for it. Yet every word and act by the leaders of such organizations as the National Rifle Association occurs within that false frame, and as a result, any discussion of ways to make our lives safer begins in an atmosphere of raw emotion wrapped in groundless fear.
Tiger Woods said today that the reason he left California in the mid-Nineties was because the state´s taxes were too high. The golfer spoke at a press conference on Tuesday about his decision to move to Florida in 1996. Speaking at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, Woods said: ´I moved out of here back in ’96 for that reason.´ Scroll down for video -Woods, who is worth an estimated $600million, was referring to comments made by fellow golfer Phil Mickelson on Sunday that he will make ´drastic changes´ because of federal and California state tax increases.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said yesterday that Newark Mayor Cory Booker is "entitled" to mount a primary bid against him if he wishes to do so. However, the 89-year-old senator likened his fellow Democrat to one of his children in need of a spanking. "He´s entitled to do it," Lautenberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer about the prospect of a primary challenge from Booker. "He´ll have to stand on his record and I´m sure he won´t be a lone soldier out there drooling at the mouth and wanting this cushy job that we have here." That said, when asked about
It´s the purrfect place for the ultimate cat lover to reside. A Japanese house building company has designed a flat filled with features especially designed for favourite pets. It includes elevated platforms, tunnels, cat flaps in every door, steps to wooden beams and viewing areas which are dispersed around the property. Even the bathroom has a commode next to the cat’s litter box--although thankfully there is a partition in between. ´Cat-proof´ surfaces have also been used throughout which are resistant to scratches and easy to clean. Designers at Asahi Kasei researched cat and human interaction before coming up with their
Today, the New York City Council was the first in the nation to pass a law that prohibits employers from considering an applicant’s current employment status while making their hiring decisions. Job advertisers have long filtered applicants according to their present employment status, selecting only those persons who are currently employed. Now, New York will be the first city in the country providing people with the opportunity to file a lawsuit based on unemployment discrimination such as this. “Imagine spending every day and night for months upon months upon months
Too many takeaways, too little proper food, too much grazing and too few family meals are to blame for obesity among the poor. When a government minister says something that is not only true but also profoundly discomfiting we are surprised and even shocked, so cynical have we become about the intellectual probity of our political class. Anna Soubry, a junior health minister, is therefore to be congratulated for her truthful but disquieting remarks this week about obesity and its statistical association, in modern Britain, with poverty. It is generally accepted that obesity, bringing with it a host of
For my money the biggest moment from yesterday’s Benghazi hearings was when Rand Paul took to the microphone and gave Hillary Clinton a piece of his mind.[Snip] I´m glad that you´re accepting responsibility [Mrs Clinton]. I think ultimately with your leaving that you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that. Had I been president and found you did not read the cables from Benghazi and from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it´s inexcusable. Ouch.
A year ago, as the Baltimore Ravens under coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers under coach Jim Harbaugh advanced through the NFL playoffs, there was talk of a potential brother-vs-brother Super Bowl – a “Harbowl,” as some sportswriters had begun calling it. Roy Fox of Pendleton, Indiana, is an ordinary football fan who had an idea: make T-shirts and hats with the word “Harbowl” on them, and sell them for some extra cash in case these brothers did ever meet up in a future Super Bowl. Mr. Fox remembered how Lakers Coach Pat Riley famously made money by trademarking
WASHINGTON – A rising chorus of congressional Republicans are calling on President Obama to acknowledge that the pop singer Beyoncé lip-synched during his inaugural festivities on Monday and resign from office, effective immediately. “By lip-synching the national anthem, Beyoncé has cast a dark cloud over the President’s second term,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). “The only way President Obama can remove that cloud is by resigning from office at once.” While many in the media have blamed Beyoncé for the lip-synching controversy, Mr. Paul said, “We must remember that this happened on President Obama’s watch.”
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Teddy Turner inherited his love of sailing from his father, media magnate Ted Turner. But there is less of a family resemblance when it comes to politics. While the elder Turner leans Democratic, Teddy Turner is running as a Republican in a crowded race for an open South Carolina congressional seat created by a U.S. Senate appointment. (Snip) Working for CNN, Turner said he saw firsthand a busted centralized economy and experienced socialized medicine after being in a Soviet hospital following a serious traffic accident. “That is scary and we never need to get there,”
More than 12 years after he won his last event, a skins game in California against Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik, Greg Norman is still raking it in off the course. The 57-year-old came in at No.8 on Golf Digest´s list of the top 50 earners in the game in 2012 with a handy US$17 million.(Snip)That explains why Arnold Palmer ($36 million) and Jack Nicklaus ($28 million) came in at three and four respectively. Heading the list were Tiger Woods ($86.12 million) and Phil Mickelson ($45.33 million), while new world No.1 Rory McIlroy was fifth with $22million.
Women in all branches of the military soon will have unprecedented opportunities to serve on the front lines of the nation´s wars. Leon Panetta, in one of his last acts as President Obama´s defense secretary, is preparing to announce the policy change, which would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta´s decision gives the military services until
Phil Mickelson isn´t the first pro golfer to hold the belief that the taxes in California are too high. Tiger Woods, the world´s third highest-paid athlete, moved from California for that very reason, he said Tuesday at the Farmer´s Insurance Open. The remarks Woods made were in response to Mickelson´s suggestion that "drastic changes" were in store for him because of changes in federal and state taxes.(Snip)"I moved out of here back in ´96 for that reason," Woods said of the taxes. "I enjoy Florida, but also I understand what he was, I think, trying to say.
WASHINGTON -- Senator John F. Kerry and his wife have agreed that should he become secretary of state they will divest nearly 100 separate investments in the United States and abroad -- ranging from oil companies to weapons makers and a Chinese food company -- in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, according to a copy of his so-called ethics agreement. “I am committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct for government officials,” Kerry wrote in the agreement with the State Department’s ethics office. “... Headline corrected by staff
Of all the diabolically clever moves the anti-choice lobby has ever pulled, surely one of the greatest has been its consistent co-opting of the word “life.” Life! Who wants to argue with that? Who wants be on the side of … not-life? That’s why the language of those who support abortion has for so long been carefully couched in other terms. While opponents of abortion eagerly describe themselves as “pro-life,” the rest of us have had to scramble around with not nearly as big-ticket words like “choice” and “reproductive freedom.” The “life”
RUSH: I want to grab a phone call real quick because I forgot this. I thought about stealing this and then telling HR to tell the caller to go take a hike. But I want to give the caller credit for this. This is Grace in New York City. Hi, Grace. I´m glad you called, and thank you very much. Hello. CALLER: Oh, Rush, I love you. I love you! I´ve been listening since the first week in July on WABC when you were on from ten to 12. Do you remember? RUSH: Yeah. Gosh, I´ll never forget. 1988.