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Perhaps sexism does pay

Does sexism pay? One study out this week says "yes," especially when the ones falling behind in the pay gap are so-called egalitarian men.

Too much urgency, too few specifics

The rollout of the proposed $700 billion bailout package was accompanied by all of the least attractive characteristics of the Bush administration in action.

The package was sprung on Congress and the public suddenly and over a weekend and with a bare minimum of details. The initial proposal, vesting immense powers in Treasury secretary Henry Paulson, was only three pages.

Caution needed on financial bailouts

There is no way Congress is going to go home to the voters at the end of this month and be open to the charge that they did nothing about the financial meltdown in the credit markets.

Moms need government protection too

Ironically, Betsy Hart’s column entitled, "Government doesn’t need to bail out working moms" was released on Thursday, at the very moment that the government was bailing out Wall Street, giving AIG access to possibly more than $85 billion in taxpayer dollars.

Time for less talk, more action

The extended Wall Street turmoil resulting from the housing and subprime lending crisis contains major challenges, reinforced by the current media propensity for scare headlines and alarmist editorials.

Political leaders have helped to feed public anxiety.

Can Uncle Sam save us from ourselves?

America’s financial crisis is a political crisis, too. In the course of just 10 days, the Federal Reserve propped up ailing mortgage giants Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac, refused to bail out the investment bank Lehman Brothers and balked at aiding mega-insurer AIG before coming through with a $85 billion loan in exchange for an 80 percent stake.

The high cost of pursuing happiness

Everyone has a right to own a home whether they can afford it or not. It says so in the Constitution — well, actually the Declaration of Independence in the part about inalienable rights like the "pursuit of happiness."

Politicians have been selling us on that privilege nearly since the Founder’s wrote it all down. All they charged us was our vote.

Money for Wall Street but never science

To think a week ago we were fretting about pigs and lipstick!

Strange as it seems, the collapse of Wall Street (coupled with pure fear for our own futures) is not the most serious long-term problem that should worry us.

America: A democratic-socialist state?

There’s no avoiding this conclusion: The federal government’s breathtaking economic interventionism has turned America into a democratic-socialist state. The fact that these drastic incursions are happening under an allegedly conservative administration leaves this right-winger oscillating between head-spinning disbelief and exhausted disenchantment.

No need to bail out working moms

I received in my e-mail box today a press release from a "women’s” organization called Moms Rising that supposedly represents "83 million moms in America." "These moms have unanswered questions for the Alaska Governor about her positions on the everyday issues that most mothers face, such as access to healthcare, fair pay, paid family and medical leave, after-school programs, childcare, paid sick days, and flexible work options.”