Working for the common good with a democratically elected President, chosen by a majority of voters, is right, even if no Republicans do it.
Re:Thanks, Michelle: Did I miss something? There is no mention in this piece about a CBS report that “the CBS report” refers to.
However, following the District 214 paragraph with “the CBS report” deceptively implies that the two are related when, in fact, that information came from a very conservative magazine (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/09/06/illinois-school-district-dumps-michelle-os-school-lunch-program-n1887940) and has nothing to do with a CBS report.
Now one has to question the veracity of the claim that a million students and $1 billion in waste was in “the CBS report”.
Perhaps there is some truth to the rumor that conservative columnists are basically dishonest rabble rousing scoundrels.
Obama : for the Rich? And pray tell, how are Republicans going to change that? Are they going to support a minimum wage increase? Make profit making corporations actually pay taxes and withhold federal subsidies from them? Treat capital gains income the same as income from real labor? Support consumer protection laws?
Tell us what Republicans have tried to do to increase the income of the bottom 20% by even1% that this President has prevented them from doing. Write a column about how Republicans have attempted to work with the President to make this country stronger and all its people more prosperous. Explain to us how it’s all his fault and that Republican economic policies of the last 30 years have nothing to do with this disparity in income results.
Mental age confirmed.
Come on timbo, conservative: “blah, blah blah”, “is that a man or a woman” etc. etc. That’s your idea of a rebuttal to an editorial about a serious issue to people who are knowledgeable about these kinds of things? You really should wait until you get out of the 5th grade (mentally, if not chronologically) before you comment about things you obviously are ignorant of. Blah blah blah is exactly what your contributions to any meaningful discussions have ever meant.
If you are peddling “truth” you can start by calling the Civil War for what it was: the War Against the Federal Government by Some States. It was all about states’ rights and individual liberties only if you believe in the right of a state to hold one group of people in slavery and denying them their individual liberties. Even after they lost the war, the condition or treatment of former slaves didn’t change much. Southerners weren’t going to abandon their states’ rights and phony defense of individual liberties justifications just because they got away with treason.
One could argue that most non slave holders fought in the Civil War because they were duped in the same way that today’s Southern workers are duped into voting against their self interest by the economic descendants of plantation owners. Southern wage earners haven’t learned much, that’s why they continue to be the lowest paid in the country.
Having a doctorate in history, philosophy or anything else does not guarantee open-mindedness, honesty, empathy, tolerance or any other human quality. Nor is it an inoculation against being an ideologue. And it certainly doesn’t confer ownership of truth.
Why is the comment thread to today's Robin Smith's piece not operative?
Why is the comments section to Robin's piece not operative? As long as we are using this thread to comment on it....
“The irony gets so thick that a chainsaw is needed” It does indeed, Robin. A conservative fulminating on a war on compassion! You have no idea what irony is, you rich thing.
But we would expect better manners from a Southern lady columnist writing in a mainstream newspaper than to characterize someone with whom she disagrees as a dog that barks.
What’s the problem with seeing all of the citizens of the United States combined as a community? What other institution do we have which has a responsibility to care about each and everyone of them than the federal government?
Conservatives have shown repeatedly that they only care about some of their fellow citizens. The rest are dogs that bark. God help all of us if they decide to bite.
Tennessee ranks 45th in average income. The result of “fiercely independent” workers individually selling their labor in a union free “right to work state.” Good thing many are too distracted by Republican duplicity to realize that being fiercely independent has no market value, except to employers. Do you also think they are proudly poor?
So, when are we going to see a column about supporting a “fiercely independent” woman’s right to an abortion within the limits set by the Supreme Court? Or supporting a “fiercely independent” lesbian’s right to marry her partner?
Exactly how far does Republican support for “fiercely independent” people go?
And since you seem concerned about excessive compensation, how about a column about the $18.5 million bonus and $1.5 salary for Jamie Dimon (head of taxpayer bailed out JPMorgan-Chase which was fined $1 billion for lack of properly overseeing their traders) as being “excessive”? Or one that decries the fact 4 Walton heirs have more wealth than the bottom 120 million Americans combined while they pay many of their employees so little that they qualify for tax payer funded food stamps. Isn’t that excessive, especially since those four didn’t work a day in their lives for their wealth? Worth a column, don’t you think? Just a suggestion.
soakya: And who is this "an European Psychologist?" I'd like to read more of what she has to say.