Our immigration debate has been backward. To our great loss, in science, medicine, engineering and academia generally, we have concentrated too much on the immigrants we don’t want and too little on those we want.We should be concentrating more on the best and the brightest of the foreigners who want to come to the United States, and, if they stay, who are likely to make real contributions to our society and our slipping global competitiveness. Read More
Perhaps because Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is retiring at the end of the month, he felt no need to respect the feelings of Pakistan or the U.S. State Department.He bluntly said that Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, played a direct role in supporting the insurgents who carried out a deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month. Read More
There was the Lost Generation of World War I, the Greatest Generation of World War II, the Silent Generation of the Depression and that great expression of postwar exuberance, the Baby-Boom Generation.
Now, new census data released last week demonstrate the chilling impact the recession has had on the current crop of young Americans, to whom the American Dream is increasingly becoming a historical curiosity. Read More
The new mantra among lawmakers is tax reform: Let’s eliminate the unnecessary loopholes, the tax breaks, deductions, credits and carve-outs for people and businesses that probably shouldn’t have had them in the first place.
That makes for great political rhetoric, but it will be a suicidal politician who storms out of the partisan trenches to lead that particular charge. Read More
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama sent his jobs bill to Congress accompanied by demands that the legislation be passed with “no games, no politics, no delays.”
This bill is almost Clintonian in the artful way it’s been crafted, so that if many, even most, of its provisions passed Congress, both sides could claim modest victory.
House Speaker John Boehner said it was his hope that fellow Republicans could work together with the White House. Read More
Congress returns to Washington this week after a thoroughly undeserved one-month vacation to find their work right where they left it — far from finished. Read More
The airlines have cut back on snacks, pillows, blankets, free baggage and other amenities. But here’s one cutback that can’t be precisely called an “amenity.” Among the services the airlines have apparently been cutting back on are pilots who actually know how to fly.
So much of a flight is now completely automated, all but 90 seconds for takeoff and 90 seconds for landing. Read More
Iran’s ruling theocrats complain that their regime, which they say is the inheritor of Persian history and culture, doesn’t get the respect they believe it deserves. It’s true enough they don’t get much respect, and over the weekend this corrupt and arbitrary government gave the world another reason why that’s so. Read More
American self-esteem has taken a beating lately so we could use some good news, and now we have some, even though it arrived from 36 million miles, maybe more.
The Mars Rover Opportunity, after a perilous three-year and 13-mile drive, has reached the rim of the Endeavour Crater and set up shop on an overlook called Spirit Point, named after its now-moribund twin, the Rover Spirit. Read More
Iraq’s debate over whether U.S. troops should stay is rising to the level of farce. Of course we’re going to stay. We almost always do. Read More