Sunday, January 30, 2011
I watched Hillary on TV today explaining the U.S. position on the Egypt situation. I thought she did a great job of walking the tightrope that the U.S. has to walk at this moment. How hard this is for the American government. We have to cheer for the future of Egypt which is not Hosni Mubarak, but we can't seem to be meddling. The strategy seems to be to avoid talking about the dictatorship and instead focus on reform and future democracy.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
I think something new and different is happening in the Muslim World. Not the riots of course, that's old news, but what the riots are about and what reforms they seek. I wonder if we Americans are clever enough to figure it out and treat with it on an appropriate level of acceptance. With all the Islamo-hatred in this country, based on some distorted concept of "christianity", I am inclined to be pessimistic.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Thanks for the discussion under the Education challenge below. I want to add a new dimension. Scot says, in his comment something that some of you might like to comment on:
However, the poor quality of public education in some states is arguably a violation of kids' civil rights.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This would be a definite stimulus to the economy, it would fill the American people with imagination and hope, and it would bring our transportation system into the 21st Century.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
So, I am issuing this request. The Republicans want to terminate the Federal Department of Education. Can you give reasons why it should be kept alive? (The 2010 budget for the Dept. is $3.6 Billion. )
I'm assuming that your question assumes the legitimacy of a federal role in education but questions the need for a separate department rather than a sub-cabinet office incorporated into another department such as Health and Human Services. With that, these are the reasons why I support a Department of Education:
1. It places education at the table when decisions are made in the executive branch
2. It gives education a position of importance in dealing with Congressional authorizations and appropriations that it wouldn't otherwise have.
3. Ronald Reagan wanted to abolish it.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I have been making a kind of mental review of Obama-Clinton and their handling of foreign policy.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
1. Many thanks to ALICE for being one of the best-hearted people in the world.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
It’s always important to realize that someone can disagree with you politically without being a bad person. But there are bad people in politics, too. Maybe it’s just my bias that gives me the impression that there are more mean, self-centered whiners on one side of the aisle than on the other; but anyway, a spectacular performance by my governor:
When asked about the hundreds of people trapped in their homes for days, Christie said unless they lived on state roads, it’s not something his administration would have been able to change.
“If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Christie said.
When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”
Just brimming with generosity, he is.