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.
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.
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.
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.”
In what may end up being a particularly unfortunate example of poor timing, Donald Luskin, economic adviser to John McCain, published an article in Monday’s Washington Post, arguing that, as his candidate avowed recently, the U.S. economy is fundamentally sound.
Various and sundry authors have taken various and sundry positions on whether the Wall Street wreckage of this week benefits the Obama or McCain campaign more. We don’t know yet. We won’t even have much of a serious clue until the three-day rolling presidential tracking polls have several days of history behind them.
When she accepted the National Association of Hispanic Journalists 2008 leadership award at the National Press Club last week, Maria Hinojosa mentioned a conversation she had with her friend, Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, who complimented Hinojosa for her advocacy journalism.