How can we characterize government disaster aid? Well, we now complain about a crony capitalism through which Uncle Sam “picks winners and losers,” but what do the feds do through disaster relief? They pick winners and losers.
A desire to extend suffrage to younger adolescents is nothing new. A few nations have already made the move, and approximately half of U.S. states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and caucuses. And some Americans would take it further. Executive director of the National Youth Rights Association, Alex Koroknay-Palicz, wants to grant voting rights to 16-year-olds; and former California state senator and then septuagenarian John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) proposed in 2004 an idea called “Training Wheels for Citizenship,” which would have extended voting rights to kids as young as 14.
Why accept contraception as a women’s issue? After all, there’s male contraception, too, and any insurance plan that didn’t cover birth control for women wouldn’t cover it for men, either. Besides, correct me if I’m wrong, but no one uses contraception unless there’s the possibility of conception, and the latter is strong indication of a man’s involvement. Contraception is always used by both sexes.
Barack Obama recently called Mitt Romney a bull******* in an interview. This, of course, tells us more about Obama than it does about Romney. But what does it say about us? The Founding Fathers knew.
Are electronic voting machines really a good idea? Sure, after the 2000 election, with its hanging chads and Florida early-bird-special voters who couldn’t distinguish between Pat Buchanan and Al Gore on a ballot, there was a drumbeat for modernization. “Why is the United States in this day and age still using paper ballots?!” they asked. “We need cutting-edge technology.” But they call it a paper trail for a reason. Do we really want to trade this for an electron trail?
Any good advertising man knows that a catchy slogan is worth a thousand words. A lot more customers are won by “Coke is It!” or “Just Do It” than are lost by the tedious expositions on side effects rendered at the end of drug commercials. Unfortunately, sound bites, true or not, are also effective in politics. They can even trump reality.
According to recent research, women feel far more anxiety after reading negative news stories than men do. Is this phenomenon real? And, if so, can it be explained based on what those unshackled by political correctness know about the sexes?
As someone who thinks the president is the kind of man who lights up a room when he leaves it, I assuredly take no pleasure in predicting that Obama will win re-election. My problem, however, is that I lost my rose-colored glasses a long time ago. And viewed without them, it’s clear that the electoral map won’t likely come up roses for Romney — especially given the high probability of rampant vote fraud.
It’s sadly the case that modern men are afraid to tell women the truth. Especially when those men are running for office and want the women’s vote. And the truth on the male-female wage gap isn't that women are given less — it's that they earn less.
The truth is that Candy Crowley’s meddling at the Hofstra presidential debate was as inappropriate as was her presence itself. It was much as if Angelo Dundee had been the referee for the first Ali/Frazier fight and jumped on Smokin’ Joe’s back because Ali couldn’t hack it that night. She had no business doing the job of the judges (the post-debate analysts). And it was a role that she embraced only selectively.