February 24, 2016
By Joseph Betz The correct way to understand Bernie Sanders' socialism is to relate it to the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A human right is a justified claim of all people to what they need not only to live but to flourish and develop their unique potential. The first 21 articles of the declaration list civil and political rights, including rights to life, property, and equality under law. Such rights are basic to democracy, requiring some governmental protection but also governmental noninterference in our lives.
December 20, 2014 |
It would make little sense for Brandon Graham to sign a contract with the Eagles before testing free agency. The team recently reached out to Graham's agent to open negotiations, which may be the Cinderella story of the year considering how close the former defensive end-turned-linebacker thought he came to getting released or traded before the season. "It feels good, because at the end of the day I wasn't supposed to be here," Graham said this week. "I'm just happy I changed the opinion of a lot of people.
July 2, 2014 |
The 76ers parted ways Monday with James Anderson, on the eve of the NBA's free-agency period. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard would have received a guaranteed $1.06 million had he remained on the roster past Monday. The Sixers aren't likely to go after high-level free agents; they are expected to identify a few lower-level players. "I think we will be open-minded," general manager Sam Hinkie said of the free-agency period, which begins Tuesday. "I don't know exactly what we will do there.
April 28, 2014 |
After buying Time Warner Cable , Comcast Corp. says, it will authorize spending up to $10 billion more to buy back its own shares on the stock market. Apple boss Tim Cook said recently that his company plans to spend an extra $30 billion doing the same thing, boosting Apple's total share-buyback authority to $90 billion. Why do these household-name companies that count tens of millions of Americans as customers plan to pump all that cash into their own stock? How can they afford to, after funding multibillion-dollar acquisitions, system upgrades, research, marketing projects, and share dividends?
November 6, 2013 |
The Phillies would not offer Carlos Ruiz a $14.1 million salary on Monday, and their devotion to the popular and productive catcher will be tested in the coming weeks. Ruiz officially became a free agent when he was not offered arbitration for 2014. That decision was a mere formality. The two sides are interested in maintaining their relationship, and Monday's decision had no effect whatsoever on those negotiations. If anything, the Phillies widened Ruiz's market by not tying him to draft-pick compensation.
March 14, 2013 |
It was exciting to see the Eagles make a big splash on the first day of NFL free agency, especially since it was Nnamdi Asomugha being thrown overboard. Hey, at least he made contact. The Eagles will pay Asomugha $4 million not to play for them in 2013 and that is the best bargain general manager Howie Roseman could have made. There are two ways to make your team better, and subtraction is the easy one. It is the addition part that gets tricky, as Asomugha's two-year display of ineffectiveness demonstrated.
February 6, 2013
By Jim Sleeper The Senate Judiciary Committee was told often enough last week that the United States' intolerably high levels of murder and maiming by gunfire would drop sharply if we had the gun control of other developed nations. (Only Mexico and Guatemala have constitutional provisions resembling our Second Amendment.) It won't happen, unless we dissolve the deep bond between our libertarian individualism and our glorification of runaway corporate engines that are disrupting public trust more brutally than their own managers ever intended or know how to stop.
December 15, 2012 |
Ben Revere was escorted into the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon by two team officials. Inside, the lights were dimmed to accentuate the Christmas decorations, complete with a village of mechanical caroler figurines in the center of the room. Their new present, a speedy, defensive-minded centerfielder, was unwrapped on a day of seismic shifts in the baseball world. The Phillies, for now, are relegated to watching. "I know they'll make moves," Revere said. The options are dwindling.
August 22, 2012 |
Ayn Rand, the novelist and philosophical thinker whose books have for decades been ignored by literature and philosophy departments, had her revenge earlier this month when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney named sometime Randian Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick. "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," the Wisconsin congressman told the Randian Atlas Society in 2005. The attention has generated a swell of posthumous popularity for Rand that has boosted sales of her books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead , which jumped 20 percent on Amazon.com in one day last week, according to Bloomberg News Service.
June 7, 2012 |
Let's agree that on the surface Gov. Corbett's plan to give the Netherlands-based global-energy giant Shell $1.7 billion at a time he seeks cuts in social services and education probably isn't playing all that well. The guv, after all, already holds a cemented reputation for favoring the Marcellus Shale/natural-gas industry, which favored him with $1 million in campaign contributions. So it's hard to see how, among most Pennsylvanians, this Shell thing helps his popularity, although he doesn't seem to care much right now about being popular with most Pennsylvanians.