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October 30, 2012
Re "Evangelicals get behind Romney," Oct. 26 The fact that evangelical Christians have decided to back Mitt Romney because he supports "biblical principles" is alarming. This, then, would seem to entail the subordination of women and the exclusion of not only the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community but atheists and people of every faith but Christian. Like many Republicans, I believe in small government; however, a government that practices the biblical principles that give rise to misogyny and bigotry is very big government, plainly a Christian theocracy.
January 23, 2013 | By David Horsey
The complaints of congressional Republicans that President Obama's inaugural address sent them no bouquets and love letters show a lot of gall, given the history of the last four years. Obama's inauguration speech in 2009 was crammed with language about bipartisan cooperation and ending the political rancor in Washington and what did he get for it? First, he got Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's declaration that the paramount priority of his caucus was to make Obama a one-term president.
May 2, 1986
George Will's column (Editorial Pages, April 21), "Stockman Revolution Is a Loser," again shows that Will is merely an apologist for big government. His statement, " . . . Americans really do want mild social democracy . . . " is utter trash. The proponents of socialism are merely left-wing academics who wouldn't be able to find a job in a world of true laissez-faire capitalism. Instead, they have perpetuated their mediocrity by foisting collectivism on the American people. It's not as bad as the cradle-to-grave welfare system of Sweden's Social Democratic Party, but it would be if they got their way. Will defends Reagan's role as a "consensus politician."
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ABOARD THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN PLANE - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied Saturday that he was comparing President Obama's policies to those of Cuba when he criticized the president at a campaign event for Mitt Romney. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, told supporters at a Pensacola, Fla., rally that Obama's recently released plan for a second term was a “picture book.” “Unfortunately there's nothing really innovative in that picture book,” he told the audience. “They're the ideas that have failed every time they've ever been tried.
November 9, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), shown on video (see below) using sharp and angry language while discussing the economy with constituents, said today he was "a bit too passionate" at the gathering he hosted last weekend in a Chicago-area restaurant. In the video making the rounds today, the finger-pointing Walsh says he's "pissed off" and "tired of hearing that crap," and at one point demands quiet and warns that he may have to ask one of the attendees to leave. Walsh is a tea party adherent and among the most vocal members of the new freshmen class.
November 7, 1991 | ALEXANDER COCKBURN, Alexander Cockburn writes for the Nation and other publications. and
The Democrats, buoyed by such omens as the victory of Harris Wofford in Tuesday's senatorial vote in Pennsylvania, think their time is come at last, surging in on the flood of economic discontent. The air is thickening with talk of a "new populism," of "looking after our own people" and the kindred rhetoric of Democratic candidates in primary season. The Republicans have good reason to be worried. Industrial production is flat after rising for three months, as is job growth.
August 25, 1986 | RON STONE, Ron Stone , a management consultant in West Hollywood , was the chairperson of the West Hollywood Incorporation Committee in 1983-84.
The recent change of boundaries for Los Angeles City Council districts has exposed a problem that is much larger than the current issue of minority representation. The problem is that so-called local government has become so big and unwieldy that nobody in the city has much say in local affairs. There is no way for any particular area to control any outcome at City Hall, even when the issue at stake affects only that neighborhood.
December 13, 1994
Re "12-Step Program for Recovering Democrats," by Guy Molyneux, Opinion, Dec. 4: There is much wisdom in Molyneux's advice to Democrats to admit that they have a problem, to stop defending the past and to take the long-term view. But there is also folly in his exhortations to continue to define the Democratic Party as the party of the middle class and the working people. Rather than thinking of themselves in bankrupt ideological terms, Democrats should redefine themselves as the party that has: The guts to drain the swamp of PACs and special interests in Washington.
April 17, 1985
Often the only way to tell whether government is doing the job that it is supposed to be doing is to examine the information that government produces about itself. But now the Reagan Administration is studying another proposal to limit public access to the information that the federal Establishment collects and disseminates. The draft directive has been distributed by the Office of Management and Budget to federal agencies to ask for their comments.
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