OPINION: Young Voters Depressing but not surprising
Boehner Orchestrating the GOP’s Demise
J. Robert Smith
It’s a contest of wills and guess who is winning? President Obama, of course. And that’s because the president is up against the GOP’s equivalent of Churchill’s “Boneless Wonder,” Speaker John Boehner. More
Senate GOP number-crunches: nearly half million more Americans un- or underemployed since Obama took office.
by Bob Owens
Fired and demoted, but still free.
Why do so many intellectuals cozy up to dictators? Machiavelli, despite his reputation, knew better.
From the EPA using flawed science to activists forcing policy changes, federal agencies’ power “has greatly accelerated to unprecedented levels.”
Saved from Another Great Depression?
Jon N. Hall
The crisis of the moment is not a crisis of liquidity, but of solvency; specifically, the solvency of governmeny. Our 2008 liquidity crisis was dealt with quickly. Solvency issues cannot be dealt with by central banks. More
November 30, 2012 03:37 PM The 18th Party Congress Work Report outlines policy guidance for the next five years and thus provides a preview of the type of policies that the incoming Xi administration is likely to pursue . The main theme permeating the Work Report centered on solidifying the domestic and international foundations for China’s development as a great power. Domestically, the Work Report called for carrying out structural economic reforms to sustain balanced growth and systemic political reforms to improve …
November 30, 2012 While the initial testing of China’s first aircraft carrier has garnered headlines around the globe, comparatively less attention has been focused on a potentially significant new exercise of Chinese maritime might—that of its…
November 30, 2012 The rightward-shift in China’s politics was institutionalized formally at the highest level on November 15 when Xi Jinping became the new general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Right-leaning leaders dominate the…
November 30, 2012 The Communist Youth League (CYL) Clique headed by President and former General Secretary Hu Jintao suffered a setback in the factional balance of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) selected earlier…
November 30, 2012 Reform has dominated discussions of China this year as the country approached a major leadership transition. At the National People’s Congress in March, optimism blinded many analysts from recognizing the Chinese leaders’ calls…
November 30, 2012 03:35 PM The Communist Youth League (CYL) Clique headed by President and former General Secretary Hu Jintao suffered a setback in the factional balance of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) selected earlier this month. Premier-designate Li Keqiang is the only CYL Clique affiliate among the seven members of the supreme ruling council, which was established one day after the closure of the 18th Party Congress. The other six PBSC members are either associated with the Gang of Pr…
Reform has dominated discussions of China this year as the country approached a major leadership transition. At the National People’s Congress in March, optimism blinded many analysts from recognizing the Chinese leaders’ calls for reform as limited to maintaining the political status quo (“The Limits of Reform: Assaulting the Castle of the Status Quo,” China Brief, April 26). That Vice President Xi Jinping emerged from the 18th Party Congress with stronger support on the Politburo Standing Comm…
Original vs. Copy and the Question of Context
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. – 11/17/2012
Consider these conundrums:
1. A brilliant geek invents a 3D printer which replicates flawlessly the Mona Lisa. Leonardoâ€™s masterpiece and the copy spewed out by the machine are indistinguishable even under an electron microscope: they cannot be told apart. In which sense, therefore, is the artistâ€™s Mona Lisa superior to or different from its identical clone?
2. An ancient letter unearthed in the archives of the Church in France proves beyond any doubt that the Mona Lisa was not painted by Leonardo da Vinci, but by an obscure apprentice of his. The paintingâ€™s value drops o…
India vs. China: A Brewing Conflict?
Sudhanshu Tripathi – 11/17/2012
I. The on-going Chinese National Congress and India
Sheila Solarin and the rest of us
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila – 11/17/2012
A few weeks ago we got news of the death of Mrs Sheila Solarin, wife of the late author, educationist and social activist, Dr Tai Solarin. Mrs Sheila Solarin was very much but not just the wife of her husband. In her own right, she deserves a special mention and recognition for her contribution and achievement as person and personality. Since her death, we have indeed read a lot of tributes from both private and public sectors of the country. Showing respect, expressing appreciation and offering any form of support we can to her family is the least in these circumstances.
Arbeit Macht Frei, Reich Macht Frei
Ellis Washington, J.D. – 11/17/2012
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
America warns Israel against its likely strike on Iran
Sudhanshu Tripathi – 11/11/2012
Today, the precarious dilemma before the US led West and Israel, preventing them from taking recourse to a military action against Iran for pursuing its nuclear enrichment programme, is due to the changed scenario of the middle-east, which has passed through the revolutionary phase of the Arab Spring. But, instead of war against Iran, they must focus on creating a coalition of favourable regimes in the Arab world by working honestly for peaceful resolution of the long-pending Arab-Israel dispute, besides economic progress and popular political participation.
Greek Crisis Shows Weak International Ethics
Victor Bivell – 11/11/2012
One good thing that may come out of the Greek and Euro debt crisis is a better understanding that truth has a monetary value and turning a blind eye to dishonesty can cost dearly.
The GOP: Retrograde or Reformist? The Republican Party Today and the Romney Campaign
Taylor Dibbert – 11/11/2012
The Republican Party is in a state of disarray and needs to change. Mitt Romneyâ€™s presidential campaign, and the extreme positions from which he is now trying to distance himself, provides insights into this situation. It is not surprising that Governor Romney tacked hard to the right during the Republican primary and is now emphasizing a more moderate brand in his latest incarnation of himself.
Trade Deficit, Fiscal Cliff Threaten Second Recession
Prof. Peter Morici – 11/11/2012
The Commerce Department reported the deficit on international trade in goods and services was $41.5 billion in September, up from $24.9 billion prior to the economic recovery.
Textbooks, Lies, and Vulnerable Kids
Islamist indoctrination continues apace in liberal Massachusetts — but several groups of concerned parents are starting to do something about it. More
Lincoln and the Welfare State
Lincoln would not only stand against the welfare state, but fight it. Why? Because his piercing gray eyes would instantly recognize it as another form of slavery, one more insidious than the variety he fought, but slavery nevertheless. More
Fiscal Cliff Causes Hostage Crisis
The so-called “fiscal cliff” that has everyone so paralyzed with fear is really just a politically-constructed illusion designed to scare Americans into handing over more money and power to politicians. More
Obama’s Zero-Sum Politics – Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
Arithmetic for Republicans – Joe Conason, Truthdig
Obama Won Election & Will Win on Budget – Bob Shrum, The Daily Beast
Let Democrats Raise Taxes, and Let Them Own It – Sen. Rand Paul, CNBC
Morsi Defends Wide Authority as Turmoil Rises – David Kirkpatrick, NYT
Will the U.S. Denounce Morsi? – Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
ObamaCare Jumps the Shark in Its Premiere – Walter Russell Mead, TAI
The Republican Party Self-Destructs – Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg
How GOP Can Go on Offense in Budget Debate – Steve Forbes, Forbes
DeMint Exit Has Big Implications for Graham, Haley – Scott Conroy, RCP
The Forgotten Millions – Paul Krugman, New York Times
Fantasy of a 91% Top Income Tax Rate – Peter Schiff, Wall Street Journal
GOP Sneak Attack Guts Labor Rights in Mich. – John Nichols, The Nation
Michigan’s Fight to Be Competitive Again – Conn Carroll, DC Examiner
Bobby Jindal Makes a Splash With Terrible Ideas – Jamelle Bouie, TAP
QE-The Monetary Policy of the Adolescent – John Tamny, RealClearMarkets
Honolulu After Pearl Harbor – Elizabeth McIntosh, Washington Post
A New, Bolder Obama Stands Firm on Taxes – Chicago Sun-Times
We Can’t Afford Obama’s No-Debt-Limit Credit Card – IBD
U.S. Arms Find Their Way to Islamic Extremists – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dec. 7, 1941 – We Must All Remember – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Michigan – yes, Michigan – will be a right to work state
December 7, 2012
Not anti-union – pro-worker. More
Christie the latest GOP governor to refuse Obamacare exchanges
December 7, 2012
Can the feds get the job done in time? More
Morsi Now Backed by Egypt’s US-Equipped Military?
December 7, 2012
Obama’s tepid words hardly commensurate with the gravity of the jihadist threat posed by an emerging Morsi-Egyptian military alliance More
Don’t expect small business to bail the US economy out
December 7, 2012
Small businesses are pessimistic about the economy. More
Two tales of pleas for help ignored, and two different reactions
December 7, 2012
Feel free to draw your own conclusions about 21st Century America More
Sacramento Mayor Fined for Yet More Financial Violations
December 7, 2012
They’re not the worst of his offenses, either. More