A national health-care system may be the Holy Grail of American liberalism. If only the government managed medicine, the argument goes, costs could be restrained, quality assured and access extended from the poshest beach house to the humblest shotgun shack.
Aug 24, 2006, 17:28
Getting it right
It's the 10th anniversary of welfare reform, which has succeeded remarkably in reducing poverty, checking the rise of babies born out of wedlock, getting people off welfare and into jobs and something else, too: showing that, on some issues at any rate, the public can be twice as smart as supposedly expert intellectuals.
Aug 24, 2006, 16:41
Learning to say 'no'
My 7-year-old asked me this week, "Mom -- when are we going back-to-school shopping?" My answer: "We're not, you have enough clothes. We're done." She didn't seem too upset by this news.
Aug 24, 2006, 16:38
Name-calling doesn't help
The phrase "Islamic fascists" has drawn the ire of the American Muslim community. We use "Islamic ethics" to mean ethics based on Islamic teachings that guide our behavior. Similarly, Islamic art draws its inspiration from Islamic teachings that discourage certain types of art (immodest imagery or certain life forms). When the president uses "Islamic fascists," it conveys that fascism is rooted in or inspired by Islam. This is the way the Muslims see it, regardless of what Bush may claim he really means.
Aug 24, 2006, 16:22
Is victory possible?
At last, there may be some good news. In the current Atlantic Monthly (September 2006), James Fallows, who writes often on geopolitics, finds good reason to believe we're actually winning the "war on terror."
Aug 24, 2006, 03:11