Correct Spelling, Canceled

As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen all too frequently of late: “cancelled,” with a gratuitous extra…

Jerry Brown Dictatorially Defies Federal Immigration Law

When Governor Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act, he ended the partnership established between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customers Enforcement authorities that the federal Secure Communities program established. Under Secure Communities, jails submit arrestees’ fingerprints to both criminal and immigration databases to identify deportable aliens. Gary McCoy / Cagle Cartoons Brown’s signature made…

RINOs and AINOs

Now we bore deep into the bunker that houses the triumphant Tea Party headquarters, where they are celebrating a tactical victory over the forces of complacency and complaining loudly about all the chicken-hearted Republicans In Name Only who bowed to the will of our socialist president, and voted to reopen the government and avoid a…

An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan

As it winds down its 12-year-old military commitment in Afghanistan, the United States is still looking for a face-saving way out of a conflict that seems headed, at best, for a stalemate. The new bilateral security agreement between the two nations is part of that exit strategy. So is a hoped-for political settlement with the…

How to avoid another shutdown

It is difficult to explain the recent government shutdown to citizens of other nations. In most of the world’s democracies, this kind of disruption can’t happen. Rules are in place to keep the government running even if a new budget isn’t passed on time. The U.S. needs to reform its budgetary processes to prevent the…

No Vacancies

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on the radio on Friday that New Yorkers are lucky to live in a city where apartments are so hard to find. “Somebody said that there’s not enough housing,” he said. “That’s a good sign. As fast as we build, more people want to live here.” Mr. Bloomberg acknowledged that affordable…

Rich brain, poor brain

There’s a phrase that has haunted America for decades, one fraught with failure: “Breaking the cycle of poverty.” Despite the ongoing efforts of government and a host of private foundations, income inequality continues to grow and the poor are ever more likely to remain poor. Many factors favor the rich getting richer while the poor…

Weaker by the Week

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party. What isn’t? That’s no joke. Not for the GOP, not for the country. The party of Ronald Reagan is getting weaker by the week. Republican failure, Republican infighting, Republicans caving on their principles — it’s a grim soap opera, and…

Pope Trumps President

WASHINGTON — I’d heard about a medical malady you can get from watching too much cable news. You start feeling jittery and apprehensive about the future. But I’d never experienced it until a recent night, when I had to turn off the rant-around-the-clock shows reporting on political vandals vitiating the good name of a country…

Congress: The joke’s on us

In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring “the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people.” The book’s title told the whole story: “The Illustrious Dunderheads.” I’ve been thinking about Stout during the…

Obama’s Uncivil America

The “new era of civility in politics” called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage. Fast forward to the October…

The Real Deficit’s in Leadership

“Man, this government shutdown is making America look foolish.” “I agree with you. I am certainly no fan of the shutdown. But the division in Washington is a reflection of the division in our representative republic.” “I think it’s a reflection of a total lack of leadership among our politicians in Washington.” Luojie / China…