December 7, 2008
Re "An ugly defense of gay rights," Opinion, Dec. 2 The Mormons have publicly advertised themselves as champions of the family. They have defined their public face as friendly, clean-cut men knocking on doors to spread the word. They used that public face to push Proposition 8. So where was the "religious slander" in the No-on-8 ad that depicted smiling Mormon missionaries knocking on a door and taking away a lesbian couple's wedding license? Jonah Goldberg did not say, and I suspect that he doesn't really think there was any. No on 8 used Mormon-advertised images to dramatize Mormon-advertised actions.
April 16, 2006
Re "D.C. -- on screen and unfiltered," Opinion, April 13 In his haste to manufacture a line of thought for his column, Jonah Goldberg makes the ridiculous statement that Hollywood has yet to make a great film about our nation's capital. As a former congressional aide and native of the Washington area, I object to this thinking. Goldberg has either forgotten or hasn't seen "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "The Senator Was Indiscreet," "All the President's Men," "The Contender," "Traffic" and, recently, "Syriana."
July 14, 2012
Re "Blame the sinner, not capitalism," Opinion, July 10 Jonah Goldberg has hit the nail on the head. We do need to hold the sinners accountable for their bad deeds. Now that Goldberg has diagnosed the illness, I would like to hear how he suggests we cure the patient, which is the electorate's failure to punish venal officials, the government's failure to punish the sinner and civil society's failure to police malice and buffoonery. Should we reintroduce public shame for these bad actors?
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.
March 9, 2013
Re "Stuck in a healthcare quagmire," Opinion, March 5 Jonah Goldberg tells us that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is projected to add $6.2 trillion to our deficit over 75 years. For this "fact," he cites a January study by the Government Accountability Office. Goldberg either failed to understand or misled readers on the point that the GAO report was a hypothetical study on what would happen to the deficit if "the fall 2010 assumed cost-containment mechanisms specified in [Obamacare]
February 8, 2014
Re "Free the pipeline, Obama," Opinion, Feb. 4 Those who oppose Keystone XL aren't doing so primarily to make the pipeline a "litmus test issue for climate seriousness," as Jonah Goldberg writes. Rather, they're taking a principled stand. We must stop the juggernaut of business-as-usual that is leading inexorably to climate disruption. Environmentalists recognize that our civilization depends on vast amounts of energy and we cannot stop using fossil fuels overnight. But with more frequent extreme weather showing up right on schedule and rising sea levels, we absolutely must replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy as soon as possible.
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.
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.