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It’s not unreasonable to ask a few questions about President Obama authorizing a drone strike that killed American-born Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen on Sept.30. Congressman Ron Paul thinks it might be an impeachable offense and several others, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, have asked if the targeted killing of an American citizen by the United States is legal.
On September 23, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas requested recognition from the United Nations General Assembly for a Palestinian state. Regardless of the outcome, this will accomplish nothing for the Palestinian people, although for entirely different reasons than those espoused by the hypocrites in Washington who have threatened to veto the measure.
I have always loved Netflix. I think the company is one of the greatest technological success stories in history. They came from nowhere, with a totally new and unproven business model and became a revolutionary, multi-billion dollar, publicly traded company. It seems like they’ve lost some of their mojo recently, but overall, they’re still riding high.
“China is Michigan’s third-biggest export market after Canada and Mexico…” reported the Detroit News, commenting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s eight day tour around Asia. “Sales to China in 2010 totaled $2.2 billion, up from about $700 million five years earlier.”
The easy solution is rarely the right one. Some people don’t like to admit they’re wrong. If someone drove his or her wagon into a swamp, rather than face the arduous task of cajoling the critters to back it out, or to get out themselves and pull, they might just abandon the wagon. It’s easier, right?
On Aug. 14, 2011, billionaire Warren Buffett published a controversial opinions editorial in a New York Times articulating why he believes Congress is “billionaire friendly” and hypocritical when it calls for “shared sacrifice.” A firestorm of arguments ensued after the logical article, but now Buffett finds himself back in the news for being an instigator in the class war.
If you haven’t heard, identity politics are in. In the last two weeks or so, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced he could win one third of the black vote. President Obama’s numbers are sinking with Jewish voters, and apparently also with white, liberal voters.
At first glance, online college courses might seem like a great idea due to convenience, efficiency and communication that extends beyond the classroom.
As a rule of thumb, economists usually insist that a tax system is equitable, feasible, easy to collect and fair. If President Obama’s idea for a millionaire’s tax and the dissent that followed is any indicator, politicians still can’t agree on what fair is. This is why the FairTax, also known as Congressional bills H.R. 25/ S. 13, is so interesting.
Listening to progressive metal got me thinking it’s too bad people didn’t have this 15 or 20 years ago. What they did have, though, is immortalized forever. Nirvana’s “Nevermind” this year celebrates its 20th birthday. The release of this album also marks the anniversary of the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a popular grunge hit.
In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama, a black man – half-black for those who wish to make the distinction – was voted president of the United States. The narrative of Obama thus offered tangible proof America had lived past its racism-scarred past and has transcended the notion of race division entirely.
Though the automotive industry has taken a heavy hit in Michigan, some still believe it can be revitalized.
Spend $447 billion, cut $1.5 trillion. Not enough, too much.
In late January of this year I wrote an article entitled “Free-Marketeers Have it Wrong,” which received some lively comments. I had taken the time to read the writings of Ludwig von Mises, Congressman Ron Paul and Milton Friedman in preparation.
More Americans are now living in more poverty than at any time on record, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Census. There were 46.2 million people, or about one in six residents, living in poverty in 2010 as the nation’s poverty rate hit 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent a year before and 12.5 percent in 2007.
Beginning this semester, the state revised rules making it harder for college students to receive food assistance, removing 30,000 from the roles.
If you went to a public school in the last decade you probably took a standardized test. And not just the ones to get into college, but ones designed to test the school’s performance. No Child Left Behind has only increased their use, and a new local reform effort might make things worse.
In the early 20th century, a dangerous movement postulated that certain groups of people are superior to others swept across the United States. This very idea inspired former president Calvin Coolidge to declare, “America must be kept American. Biological laws show… that Nordics deteriorate when mixed with other races.” Though framed in less bigoted terms, the underlying belief that some are superior to other remains pervasive through the use of tracking.
Bruce Catton called baseball “the greatest conversation piece ever invented.” It’s pretty hard to argue he’s wrong. Walk into the bank, the barbershop or your favorite watering hole and you’ll hear people talking about the local team.
Listen to any political speech and the token “God Bless America” will invariably be tacked on to the end. In a country so overwhelmingly religious, politicians’ spiritual beliefs are called into question, yet, at the same moment, labeled a “private” affair.