March 17, 2010 |
Once upon a time, Americans did some very bad things. They enslaved Africans, displaced Indians, oppressed women and exploited laborers. Then the Great American Government came to the rescue. Spurred by protest movements for freedom and equality, the government instituted changes that brought the nation progressively closer to its founding promise. That's the theme of most American history textbooks. And it's also what offended the Texas Board of Education, which voted last week to approve a new set of social studies standards that emphasize America's timeless virtues.
November 10, 2006
Re "Healthcare code blue," Opinion, Nov. 3 John Abramson points out an unavoidable fact -- that the United States spends more on healthcare than any other nation -- and follows it up with a whopper: "No politician wants to be tarred with the charge of promoting 'socialized medicine.' " The good doctor has somehow missed state Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), whose plan for a government-monopoly healthcare system was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Consider also President Bush, whose Medicare drug benefit was the largest entitlement expansion since the Great Society.
November 26, 2003 |
It is the health-care equivalent of President Nixon's going to China: The biggest expansion of Medicare since its inception has been approved on the watch of a Republican Congress and a Republican president. This implausible product from the party of limited government is the culmination of years of snowballing pressure on Congress to provide drug coverage to senior citizens, who often face crippling pharmaceutical bills.
September 24, 2000 |
With just over a week to go before the presidential debates begin, the unexpected has happened. The differences between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush haven't narrowed, they've grown wider. At issue is the future of egalitarianism in America. Can Gore convince voters that his defense of "working families"--or, as he now prefers to call them, "hard-working, middle-class families"--constitutes a new egalitarianism?
May 20, 1996 |
Baby boomers worry and wonder these days. They have a lot on their minds: the threat of downsizing, the need for retirement planning, the costs of sending kids to college and expenses of helping their own elderly parents. All this is a big load to carry, even for the self-confident generation that defined American culture and politics and business ever since they were babies in the 1950s.
May 2, 1996 |
After the initial shock and fleeting stare, the world has moved on from Richmond. All we're left with is what we've been told by the police and prosecutor and learned from enterprising newspaper reporters: A 6-year old "little tiny Munchkin"--as the public defender called him--broke into a neighbor's apartment with two playmates. There, the ringleader yanked a 4-week old baby from a bassinet and punched, kicked and beat the infant with a stick before stealing a $19.99 tricycle.