CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997 |
In a participatory democracy, citizens must make the crucial difference. Citizen action on a much broader scale will be critical to overcoming the massive problems facing poor children and youth, who are the focus of the Presidents' Summit for America's Future. Summit planners persuaded me that citizen action would be portrayed as the crucial companion to, and not the private substitute for, vital government responsibilities, and that this event is just the kickoff for a sustained effort.
July 16, 1995 |
When I started reading "The Tyranny of Numbers," I had very high hopes for it. Alas, this is not the first time I have been disappointed. But the book is not without value. It's just that what the author delivers is neither what he promised nor what I expected. In the opening chapter, Nicholas Eberstadt, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, lays out a powerful case against government-as-problem-solver and government-as-social-engineer. He notes that it is only fairly recently in human history that people have come to believe that government can and should take steps to improve social welfare.
May 31, 1989 |
Women on welfare have fewer children than do other women, contrary to the prevailing public notion that welfare families are larger than most U.S. families, according to a new study. Published in the latest issue of the American Sociological Review, the study is the first of its kind to compare the fertility rates of welfare women to those of other women. But it is one of many studies in recent years to refute popular misconceptions about who is on welfare assistance and why. The assumption that poor mothers have more babies either out of ignorance or to collect public assistance is simply not borne out by the facts, said Mark Rank, author of the study and assistant professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis.
September 16, 2001 |
Among the many cruel ironies buried in the stories of those killed, injured or missing in Tuesday's attacks, there is this twist: At least four of those killed when American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon were attending a meeting to discuss ways to improve the system for getting survivor benefits to family members of military personnel. Gerald P. Fisher, Terence M. Lynch and Ernest M.
October 21, 2010 |
As even the most inattentive television viewer knows, a tsunami of political campaign money is flooding onto the airwaves this election year ? more than $3 billion by some estimates. That's so much money that Wall Street is raising its profit forecasts for broadcasting companies as a result. Like almost every pursuit in this free-enterprise country, political campaigning is a business. And, as in many businesses, success often goes not to the entrepreneur who brings a product to market first but to the one who exploits it best.
June 14, 1992 |
The government has concluded that Sweden's social welfare system, built over generations to protect citizens from cradle to grave, now threatens the national well-being. Trimming began even under the Social Democrats, who dominated Swedish politics for six decades, and the pace has quickened under a center-right government that took over in September, 1991. Many beneficiaries are disgruntled.
June 14, 1989 |
In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century by Rosemary Stevens (Basic Books: $24.95, 432 pages) The essential function of the American hospital is: A. Making money. B. Relief of human suffering. C. Advancement of medical science and technology. D. All of the above. Rosemary Stevens suggests an answer to the multiple-choice question in her new book, "In Sickness and in Wealth," an ambitious and impressive survey of a medical-care system that deserves to be called an industry.
July 18, 2010 |
Unemployed mom Fee Linker lives on welfare benefits in a centrally located five-room flat that costs about $1,500 a month. The garden terrace looks out onto a lush wooded area where birds chirp in the trees. "I wouldn't get along without this government money, not with this apartment," says Linker, who sends her 6-year-old daughter and two sons, 7 and 10, to a private school. "It's my opinion that as a mother of three, I deserve a comfortable life." These days, fewer politicians and economist agree, and if proposed laws are enacted, Linker's benefits could be gone with the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen. The German government is contemplating spending cuts and tax increases totaling $100 billion by 2014.
April 15, 2011
Under the Supreme Court's wrongheaded Citizens United decision, corporate spending on independent political advertising may not be limited. So it's not surprising that Democrats are organizing two so-called super PACs, similar to ones already created by Republicans, that can raise huge amounts of money from corporations and wealthy individuals. The best that can be said about these new organizations is that they must make some disclosure of the identities of their contributors. That isn't the case with another sort of organization, known as a 501(c)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2005 |
ObituariesChauncey Alexander, veteran executive director of the National Assn. of Social Workers who worked for better healthcare and other services for the poor, has died. He was 89. Alexander, who lived in Huntington Beach, died Aug. 30 of pneumonia at an Orange County hospital, said his wife, Sally.