June 15, 2013
Re "A tale of two Obamas," Opinion, June 11 As Jonah Goldberg peeks out from inside his bubble and states that "most Democrats…[have] seen the last five years as a tale of tea-party-fueled madness and racism," he needs to be reminded that it's most Americans who have seen this. My perverse pleasure of occasionally listening to Rush Limbaugh is severely diluted when Goldberg's talking points are all but written versions of Limbaugh's sputterings. It's time for him to get past Benghazi and the IRS scandal and to deal with weightier issues, like the balance between freedom and security as it relates to the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans - or else his column remains totally inside the bubble.
April 19, 2014
Re "Holder plays the race card," Opinion, April 15 According to Jonah Goldberg, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is guilty of playing the race card because he supposedly inferred that race was behind his ill treatment by a House committee. The divisiveness in Washington that Holder referred to has nothing to do with race. Goldberg then compliments former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales for nobly declining to play the race card when he came under fire from Democrats. Gonzales had no cards to play at all, drawing fire from Republicans and Democrats alike for his ineptitude.
February 23, 2013
Re “ Leave Hollywood to liberals ,” Opinion, Feb. 19 For once, I agree with Jonah Goldberg: In the name of freedom, let Hollywood continue to produce whatever politically tinged films it wants. Whether it's shoot-em-up violence, drama, comedy or liberal high-mindedness, the viewers will decide what they want to watch without any coercion. And yes, as Goldberg notes, Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” did have a bigger impact on Americans' values than his “meathead” son-in-law, but probably not for the reason he thinks.
October 4, 2008
Re "No one's clean in this mess," Opinion, Sept. 30 Jonah Goldberg is understandably anxious to stop the blame game for the economic crisis, but we're in the midst of an election for the presidency, a third of the Senate and all of the House. The culpable parties, which by my count would include every Republican and a substantial number of Democrats in Congress, plus the Bush administration, don't seem inclined to admit their folly and greed and resign from office. We the voters will therefore have to sort out who's responsible and to what degree, and punish at the polls those who have advocated the deregulation of the financial industry.
November 30, 2013
Re "Hail the panderer in chief," Opinion, Nov. 26 According to Jonah Goldberg, President Obama is rigidly ideological and shamelessly pandering at the same time. Neat trick. The president's Affordable Care Act may be many things, but the ideologically progressive position it is not. We progressives wanted a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program. Failing that, we wanted a "public option. " What we got instead was a market-based program first proposed by the Heritage Foundation and first put in place in Massachusetts by the last Republican presidential candidate.
June 29, 2009
Re "Obama's Iran plan is a bomb," Opinion, June 23 Here is one immutable fact of Jonah Goldberg's columns: If it starts with, "Here is one immutable fact ..." then we know he is about to tell a lie and spend the rest of his column embellishing it. The most recent one is that President Obama's foreign policy relating to Iran was wrongheaded, naive and has been made irrelevant by recent events there. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but Goldberg and his friends on the increasingly irrelevant right will say anything to try to make the president look bad. When unsettling news arrives from Iran, their first impulse is to throw blame his way to see if it sticks.
September 29, 2012
Re "What has Obama learned?," Opinion, Sept. 25 Jonah Goldberg asserts that President Obama was "easily among the least experienced major party nominees in U.S. history. " This assertion is dubious. Obama had more experience as an elected official before wining the presidency than many of his successful predecessors (nearly 11 years total - seven in the Illinois statehouse and almost four as a U.S. senator). Abraham Lincoln served eight years as an Illinois state representative and two years in the House before becoming president.
January 26, 2008
Re "What 'The Daily Show' cut," Opinion, Jan. 22 Jonah Goldberg is the funniest political writer in America today -- right up there with Stephen Colbert. But while Colbert mocks the oafishness of "Fox News" commentators, Goldberg just parodies himself. His stint on "The Daily Show" -- where he promoted his book claiming that fascism was a term that, although it applied to a few extremists on the right wing such as Nazis, actually meant "progressives" -- was brilliant, worthy of Borat.
April 27, 2009
Re "Belch, there goes democracy," Opinion, April 21 Does Jonah Goldberg expect us to be shocked -- shocked! -- that the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate our air? He objects to an "undemocratic" Supreme Court decision, but the court was only clarifying laws passed by a more democratic organization called "Congress" that Goldberg seems to be unaware of. He may not think that global warming needs immediate action, but fortunately, decisions about that are made by scientists who have devoted their careers to this issue.
April 6, 2013
Re "Disability: the new welfare?," Opinion, April 2 Jonah Goldberg is correct that the increase in Social Security disability beneficiaries deserves scrutiny, but he shows a misunderstanding of how the program works. It is relatively challenging for a claimant to qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration does not simply accept certification from a physician, and it has its own evaluation units that comb through medical records. So why are there so many more people receiving disability?