Predictably, my column last week, which expressed my extreme displeasure at the images of World War II vets being barricaded from visiting their memorial on the National Mall, produced a flurry of reactions, both positive and negative.
"Waaaaa! You're not playing fair!" "Waaaaa! You're going to bankrupt America!" "Waaaaa! You guys started it!" The crybabies in Washington are at it again. Arguing, name-calling and throwing heated rhetoric around like "extortion" and "blow the whole thing up," our so-called leaders are acting like out-of-control little kids in a sandbox. They haven't begun hitting each other over the head with chairs or waving weapons around on the Senate floor, but give them time. It's ...
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? President Obama invited all the lawmakers of both parties to separate White House meetings this week to parley. The government shutdown is progressing. Last night the Democrats and Republicans moved into separate apartments and fired their therapist. The Nobel Prize in Physics went to two scientists whose God Particle discovery was proven by an atom smasher. We now know the universe is expanding and will explode in ...
"DEAR COLUMNIST: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say the government shutdown will last a long time, America will default on its debt and our economy and the world economy will nosedive. They say conservative Republicans are bullying the America political system and economy in way that doesn't fit with how democracy is defined in my history books. My father says President Barack Obama and the Democrats started it and want ...
It was Cory Booker's constant sneering attack in the first New Jersey U.S. Senate debate - Steve Lonegan is a "tea party leader." What does that mean?
Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest of our lives miserable -- than compromise.
Dear Editor, Your opinion column on Clean Line Energy (posted September 30, 2013) needs a fact check. Grain Belt Express is not a wind company. They have publicly stated there will be dirty energy flowing through the lines as well as energy from wind. Clean Line Energy is, at best, a phantom company looking to make big profits jumping on the green energy train through federal subsidies, tax abatements, and other loopholes, all at the ...
I remember when a billion used to be a number so big nobody could comprehend it, though it is still a massive number.
The federal government shutdown has made me sick of politics. For a political columnist, this can be tricky, but taking a break from politics also offers an opportunity. This week, I thought I would write a column about what I've learned as a father of two spirited boys, and offer my advice on how to handle tantrums.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Walt Disney Company announced Friday Disneyland will sign up for ObamaCare for all park employees. How nice. At last Sleepy can get Adderal, Sneezy can get Claritin, Grumpy can get some Prozac, and Snow White can drop the act and get some birth control. Cincinnati Reds skipper Dusty Baker blamed his firing Friday on President Obama's low job approval. Neither did well with millionaires. Every time Dusty ...
Government's closed, everybody! Go home. Except Congress, that is, whose members are still getting paid, classified as "essential workers." Although right now, neither one of those words seems very apt or ept. Unapt and inept is more like it. Inapt? Unept?
Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell
On October 5, as part of their ceaseless demand that Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform, illegal aliens and their advocates will hold a National Day of Dignity and Respect. Their goal is to achieve immediate legal status, with work authorization, and eventual citizenship. If successful, at least 11 million aliens would compete with Americans for the handful of available jobs.
Arrogance is like a cancer. Once it lodges itself in the heart and mind, there's not much you can do as it begins to permeate the entire body with an inordinate sense of self-worth, significance, and position.
Q: Is the government too big and powerful? Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? A: Ah, yes, you speak of a recent Gallup survey that found 60 percent of Americans think the federal government has too much power - a full percentage point higher than the previous high recorded in September 2010. Gallup's Joy Wilke did a fine job breaking down the survey data. Q: Yeah, and I'll bet that percentage has jumped lots ...
Whew! I need to catch my breath. I can't keep up with the quickly shifting journalistic conventional wisdom.
Last week, when Bill Clinton said President Obama should allow people to keep their health-insurance coverage - an early attempt to distance Hillary and himself from ObamaCare - I began to worry that the Clintons may be serious about another run at the White House.
"The holiday turkey sure looks grand this year," Dick Cheney said. "Why don't we go around the table and say what we're thankful for?"
The heck is going on here, people? Did someone drop the flag signaling the start of the 2016 presidential election race in secret? Was there a furtive whispered "go now" left on the voice mail of all the major players in the 202 area code? Thirty-six months before the election? Is it possible to earn extra credit by skipping this one and moving right on to 2020?
Half a century ago, Sid Davis was the first journalist to learn John Kennedy had died. Instead of breaking the biggest news story in the world, he waited because he wanted to make sure he was right. It is hard to image a journalist making the same choice nowadays amid our modern cacophony of inaccurate reporting, but perhaps Davis has something to teach us.