Extra-liberal Seattle’s rejection of a plastic bag tax should give pause to the coercive utopians who have initiated bag tax proposals around the country.
In Washington, D.C., in spite of a poorly written measure, the City Council recently passed a 5-cent tax per plastic bag. Read More
Chicago and the Olympics weren’t a great mix from the start — sort of like holding an international gathering of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Guinness St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Read More
Roman Polanski raped a 13-year old girl. After plying her with Quaaludes and Champagne wasn’t enough to make her succumb to his charms, he ignored her protests and did what he wanted.
This was not a consensual affair, or a misunderstood romance. It was a wealthy, powerful man, doing what he wanted to a powerless young girl.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Barack Obama’s choice to lead U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, has made a request for between 30,000 and 40,000 additional troops. He asserts that without this troop infusion, we run a very real risk of failing to meet our military objectives in Afghanistan.
TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is a year old now. On Sept. 19, 2008, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the need for a $700 billion program to purchase toxic assets held by banks to prevent a financial meltdown, and after some modification Congress rapidly approved TARP on Oct. 3. Looking back after a year, was TARP necessary? Did it work?
The answers are No, and No. Read More
In 1962, presented with U2 spy plane photos of Soviet missile sites in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy ordered his Ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson, to directly confront the Soviets. At a tense emergency meeting of the Security Council, Stevenson exposed the Soviets’ denials as lies by showing the world the U2 photos. Read More
If you watch C-SPAN for awhile, you’re sure to hear a politician or pundit criticizing some idea by comparing it to “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” It’s a vivid illustration of the short-sightedness and futility of so much of what Washington, D.C., does superficially to improve failed programs. Read More
In the days since his death, Gap Inc. co-founder Don Fisher is finally receiving his due for being a civic giant in San Francisco. And it’s heartening to know that The City will remain home to he and his wife’s priceless art collection — a gift that his critics appeared willing to sacrifice. Read More
Nike has relinquished its spot on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to protest the chamber’s opposition to federal climate-change regulations. The shoemaker is lobbying hard for a cap-and-trade scheme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.
Why is Nike joining the parade of Fortune 500 companies backing climate legislation? More than most companies, Nike seems to be acting from true conviction on this issue. Read More
It's hypocrisy of the highest sort to censure Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for his inappropriate "you lie" outburst during President Obama's recent health care speech, while largely ignoring the apparent criminality and breach of the public trust by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. Read More