First of two parts. Tomorrow: Retreat abroad begins at home.
The weathervanes of conventional wisdom are engaged in another round of angst about America in decline. New theories, old slogans: imperial overstretch. The Asian awakening. The post-American world. Inexorable forces beyond our control bringing the inevitable humbling of the world hegemon. Read More
How many times have you heard Barack Obama talk about "the fierce urgency of now"? The president has used the quote, from Martin Luther King Jr., to call for quick action on the war in Iraq, on global warming, on homelessness, on education -- you name it.
Now, Obama and his fellow Democrats are trying to convince the nation of the fiercely urgent need to enact national health care reform this very instant. Read More
In my spare time, I dabble in writing historical fiction. Lately, I’ve been thinking of an interesting alternative history: How would the Obama White House deal with Thomas Paine?
Paine was, of course, the most influential writer of the American Revolution. He wrote “Common Sense,” a pamphlet that was so pivotal in changing American minds about independence that it has been called “the 47 pages that changed America.” Read More
The Chinese are cross because the falling dollar means the stacks of U.S. IOUs they have in their vaults will be paid back in a devalued currency.
The Americans are cross because the Chinese refusal to allow their renminbi to appreciate means goods made in Chinese factories will continue to displace made-in-America products, and provide jobs for Chinese rather than American workers.
In recent weeks, the mayor and his allies on the Board of Supervisors have been pushing “privatizing” Harding Park. Harding, they say, cost $23.6 million to rebuild, is operating at a loss and has debt to repay — so it should now be turned over to an outside operator. Nothing could be further from the truth! Read More
Amid President Barack Obama’s push to trim government and private-sector spending on health care, one drugmaker is lobbying hard to extend the patent protection of a costly drug — an extension that could cost taxpayers and patients $1 billion. Read More
It’s proving harder than I expected to shake off the image of White House Communications Director Anita Dunn praising Mao Zedong at a commencement speech in June. Read More
So this is what “change we can believe in” done the Chicago way really looks like: President Barack Obama and his White House capos muscling recalcitrant opponents and promising to crush those who don’t get in line. Read More
There’s no better place to get a healthy dose of what I call “Lib-think” than an American college campus.
“Lib-think” is the reasoning — if it can be classified as such — that liberals use to justify some things they have no darned business trying to justify. Read More
By Stan Brock just wants to help. The former co-star of “Wild Kingdom” wants to deliver free medical, dental and vision care to the poor. Whereas most politicians talk about “bending the cost curve” in health care, Brock simply wants to break it — to provide care free of charge, at the hands of unpaid volunteer doctors and dentists using donated equipment. Read More