November 16, 2006
RE LETTER-WRITER Dennis Deangelis' comments on the election: It's sad when people are so gung-ho about dumb stuff. This dude wants to say that we are weaker as a country because the Repubs lost the Senate and House in the election to the anti-war Dems. He goes on about another terrorist attack, some stuff about the First Amendment-violating Patriot Act, and then he tops it off with some more stuff about Santorum. I'm not talking as if I believe that the Dems can do a better job because I, unlike some of these writers, actually HAVE common sense to know that the government is a business!
May 10, 2011 |
Don't expect to see a lot of newspapers and websites with this headline: "Big Government Bailout Worked. " But it would be entirely accurate. The actual headlines make the point. "Demand for fuel-efficient cars helps GM to $3.2 billion profit," declared the Washington Post. "GM Reports Earnings Tripled in First Quarter, as Revenue Jumped 15 Percent," reported the New York Times. Far too little attention has been paid to the success of the government's rescue of the Detroit-based auto companies, and almost no attention has been paid to how utterly wrong opponents of the bailout were when they insisted it was doomed to failure.
October 19, 1988 |
The Cinnaminson mayor last week wore a gold hoop earring in his left ear, a shiny gray sports jacket with black stripes and size 9 1/2 brown loafers. Indeed, all the township committee members and officials had surprisingly small feet at the meeting last Wednesday, but they were trying their best to make up the difference and fill their shoes. In the minds of those residents who regularly attend committee meetings, the Cinnaminson governing body last week seemed a little less staid, a little less dyed-in-the-wool Republican than it had appeared at previous meetings.
June 5, 2016
How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper By Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson Simon & Schuster. 455 pp. $28 Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan declared, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. " In the ensuing decades, this view has become the mantra of the Republican Party - and of a sizable segment of the American electorate. In American Amnesia , Jacob Hacker, a professor of political science at Yale University, and Paul Pierson, a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley, provide an Everest of evidence that Reagan was wrong.
May 25, 2016
ISSUE | CIVIL RIGHTS Uncle Sam protects us A letter writer lamented, "We tend to forget that government is involved in our lives from cradle to grave . . . " ("Uncle Sam flexes his muscles yet again," Thursday). No, we don't. We remember that were it not for the government, our food would not be safe to eat and our water would not be safe to drink. Women wouldn't have the right to vote, and workers wouldn't be able to strike legally. Child labor would be the order of the day, and only the rich would be the ones getting an education.
May 20, 2013 |
It must get confusing in the IT department at the Associated Press: Are you talking about the hackers who hacked our Twitter account or the Justice Department hackers who hacked our phones? Monday, the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department had secretly obtained two months of records of phone conversations by its reporters. Meanwhile, the Washington Post revealed that the IRS's targeting of conservative groups was more widespread than first reported. Someone at the IRS also leaked information about conservative groups to ProPublica.
January 8, 2003 |
The federal government - epitomized by a 1950s-style bureaucracy designed for clerks using typewriters - is inadequate to serve and safeguard the country and should be reconstructed, a bipartisan commission said yesterday. Among its recommendations: Cut the number of federal departments and the number of political appointees running them, raise pay for senior career civil servants and federal judges, and make it easier for managers to hire and fire. Authors of the report said the one-two punch of terrorist attacks and economic anxiety underscored the need for an agile and effective government to safeguard everything from food supplies to financial markets.
July 5, 2014
What better occasion than Independence Day to reflect on a political movement whose adherents insist its essence is embodied in one of the seminal events of this country's birth, the Boston Tea Party? The spirit of protest is what today's tea-party patriots refer to as they liken themselves to those early Americans who, in 1773, hurled an East India Company cargo into Boston Harbor rather than pay a tax levied by the British Parliament with no colonial representation. With names like the Berks Sons of Liberty, Northeast Pennsylvania Spirit of 1776, Defenders of Freedom, and Tea Party Time Network, today's purported scions of the colonial rebels try to incite the passions of Americans who believe government looms too large in their lives.
August 20, 1986 |
Tonight, residents of Audubon will count signatures as they rally to beat the clock to change the borough's form of government. Nine residents announced last week that 800 residents had signed a petition seeking to change the borough's form of government from a three-member commission that chooses the mayor to a six-member council with a mayor elected by voters. Under state law, signatures from 1,200 of the 5,638 registered voters are needed by Sept. 4 to place a referendum on the November ballot.
June 26, 2008 |
Paul C. Light is a professor at New York University We've seen the federal government at its worst over the past six months. Consider the controversies over contaminated tomatoes and meat, tainted toys, toxic trailers, counterfeit Heparin, aircraft groundings, veterans' care, missing warheads and unrelenting contract fraud. For every NASA success on the surface of Mars, there seems to be a failure back on Earth. Congress and the presidential candidates have yet to connect the dots: The next president will inherit what Alexander Hamilton called a "government ill executed.