Ready for a word that Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders would consider to be an obscenity? Compromise. Insults, anger and disgust are in, while deal-making, compromise and governance are so old school. We're all too busy having a national hissy fit to sit down and do the boring, important stuff. My friend Mark … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? 2 Cheers For Compromise
The way Obamacare is being debated is infantile. Instead of a detailed prescription for change, we're hearing slogans. Despite claims to the contrary by Republicans and Democrats, The Affordable Care Act is neither an unmitigated disaster nor a glorious triumph. The truth lies between the two extremes, which is so often the case. … Continue reading Hey Congress: The Playground Was Never This Bad!
New Republic “We in the press are about to over-politicize his visit to America,” writes New York Times columnist David Brooks. How right he is. The media are awash with bland, secular generalizations. The trumpets of left and right are already at blaring with either praise or denunciations of the Pope’s message. House Speaker John … Continue reading Don’t Put His Views In a Political Box. What The Media Are Missing About Pope Francis.
Symbols of pride: flying the flag for Independence Day. Happy July 4th! Independence Day is my favorite holiday. On this vacation we celebrate something that many of us complain about for the rest of the year: our democratic institutions. As a first generation American I love the freedom that this country represents. 239 years … Continue reading My Favorite Holiday: July 4th Fireworks and Festivities Celebrate Our Freedoms and Democracy.
"God, Duty, Honor, Country". The Vietnam War Memorial on The Green in Guilford, Connecticut America is more politically and socially divided than at any moment since the Vienam War - a time of massive protest and urban unrest. On this Memorial Day, add one more trend to the list: The division between the U.S. … Continue reading Mind the Gap: Our Deep Military-Civilian Cultural Divide is Growing
(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)This blog is adapted from my ABCNews.com daily business blogBurger King is facing a grilling from critics of U.S. companies that move overseas to cut their tax bills.“I’ve eaten my last Whopper,” is among the many angry comments on Burger King’s Facebook page. That one received more than 1,000 "likes" at the company's social media … Continue reading Burger King’s Northern Exposure: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire?
So maybe you're relieved that the US Government stepped back from the brink and did not default on its debt. A return to more civilized debate perhaps? Um... no. Sadly, this mess is far from over. The harsh partisan divide, with both sides talking past each other, drags on. While some like to portray the … Continue reading Shutdown Dysfunction – It’s Far From Over!