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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 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.
February 13, 1997
I almost fell out of my chair when I read "Migrant Groups Assail Plan to Cut Prenatal Care" (Feb. 6). Whatever happened to a gracious thank you from Magdalena Nevarez--an illegal immigrant, who bore three healthy children on our taxpayers' dime? The fact that she thinks "health care should be a right for everyone, whether you have papers or not," made my blood boil. I don't think I could go to Mexico and have my children free. Gov. Pete Wilson is right on cutting the 70,000 undocumented women statewide.
January 25, 2014
Re "The GOP discovers inequality," Opinion, Jan. 22 The usually insightful Doyle McManus describes how Republicans have begun to shift their message, if not their actual practices, toward acknowledgment of the bitter harvest of inequality. At the same time, he writes, the GOP is hardly ready to become the party of "big government. " Excuse me, but in the states and in Congress, the GOP has advocated for sticking government's fingers into women's bodies and into everybody's bedroom.
October 31, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Liberals and their media allies have argued that the political lesson of super storm Sandy is that it shows the value of big government , at least when it's working properly. They've also pounced on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said during one of the Republican debates last year that he'd send the Federal Emergency Management Agency's functions back to the states. (Romney's campaign said this week that he actually wants to keep FEMA; I'll leave it to you to decide whether that's simply a clarification or an event-driven flip-flop.)
June 13, 2012 | By David Horsey
In this country that claims to value hard-working middle-class families, the wealth of those families sank by 40% in recent years, wiping out all the financial gains average Americans had made since the early 1990s. A new Federal Reserve report released Monday shows that the median U.S. family saw its net worth fall from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. Meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer. It might be enough to spark an uprising if not for the country song ethic that so many Americans live by. I was driving to the newsroom in L.A. this morning when a song by Rodney Atkins came on the radio.
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