Opinion

Are all lanes now closed on Christie’s future?

Are all lanes now closed on Christie’s future?

This much we know for sure about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal: In mid-August, one of his staffers sent an email instructing an official, appointed by the governor, that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” The official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey responded, “Got […]

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

In an unabashed endorsement of government action to alleviate the plight of the poor, this week President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty with his own call for new policies to address the continued struggles of tens of millions of Americans. In his official statement, Obama remarked that, “In the richest […]

What is populism? Do any populists really exist?

What is populism?  Do any populists really exist?

In the American political lexicon, few words are as prevalent — or as confusing — as “populism.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets described as a populist because she wants to curb the power of corporations and increase Social Security benefits. So does Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who thinks small businesses are crippled by “an explosion […]

Sarah Palin: A female Bill Clinton when it comes to sex?

Sarah Palin: A female Bill Clinton when it comes to sex?

Interesting that one of the most vocal and often-quoted supporters of controversial “Duck Dynasty” reality show star Phil Robertson is another figment of celebrity-fantasy — failed Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the one-time sex symbol of the rabid right. In politics, where hypocrisy abounds, Palin is a standout when it comes to being everything she rants […]

Punitive, Puritan politics

Punitive, Puritan politics

‘Tis the season of giving, charity and good will — unless you happen to be a Republican, and then ‘tis the season of pusillanimity, churlishness and bad will. Congressional Republicans seem hell-bent on denying the most disadvantaged among us healthcare, unemployment benefits and, perhaps worst of all, food stamps, from which the House of Representatives […]