August 21, 1988 |
If "people vote their pocketbooks," as political folk wisdom holds, then George Bush should win the presidency in a cakewalk. By most conventional measures - plentiful jobs, steady growth, a low inflation rate - Bush's Republicans can claim to have delivered prosperity in the Reagan-Bush era. And claim it they do. "The focus of our campaign is, we've done a good job," said Mark Goodin, a Bush campaign spokesman. "We delivered on a record we can be proud of. " In 1988, the politics of prosperity are not that simple, of course.
September 10, 1989 |
Situated as we are, adjacent to a metropolitan area with two main highways, we have, literally, acres of diamonds. - Harry L. Cranmer, Delaware Township committeeman, April 1942. A few months after the United States entered World War II, leaders in this sleepy residential community were salivating over the future. Cranmer and his contemporaries forecast a great development wave heading straight toward them from Philadelphia and Camden. They envisioned the town's peach orchards, dairy farms and wheat fields giving rise to a velvety, tree- lined suburb and a thriving commercial district.
December 3, 2001
IN AMY POLLACK'S op-ed piece on family planning as a key to freedom for Afghan women (Nov. 28), she cites Bangladesh as a success story. With contraception, she argues, women have fewer children, incomes go up, and women have better lives. She has it exactly backward. Economic development comes first. More money means better health care, and infant mortality drops. Since more children survive, women have fewer of them. Voluntarily. This is what happened in the U.S. and Europe, and more recently, in Bangladesh.
September 15, 1988 |
Prosperity has come to the Preston Diner. The double-wide vintage 1966 dining car is bathed in a warm pink glow as patrons jam into red upholstered booths. They plop onto counter stools, slurp homemade soup and watch the truck traffic rumble by on Route 291 outside the homey diner's window. In the middle of it all sits Trina Canzanese, the owner. Well-dressed and bejeweled, Canzanese, 51, is the picture of cautious prosperity these days. Business is good, she says. As well it should be. The Preston Diner sits smack in the middle of Tinicum Township, just over the rise from the Route 420 interchange on Interstate 95. Down the road, the new Airport Business Center office complex is 60 percent leased.
September 11, 1988 |
Like just about everyone who pontificates for a living, I have been trying to figure out how Michael S. Dukakis has fallen so far so fast in his bid to be president. In just over a month he has blown a 17-point lead over Vice President Bush and is now, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, 8 points behind. That kind of free fall might be understandable if the guy had committed a calamitous error, like picking an unseasoned draft dodger as his running mate. But the worst that can be said about Dukakis is that he has been overly cautious - like a basketball team that loses its rhythm by trying to sit on a big lead.
March 22, 2011 |
Lou Dobbs was a central and almost constant presence at CNN from its founding in 1980 until his departure in November 2009. By then, he had become more outspoken and his views more openly political - even confrontational. His closing statement on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight left many observers believing he might run for president. Dobbs returned to television last week with an hourlong weeknight program, also called Lou Dobbs Tonight , on Fox Business Network. He continues his nationally syndicated Lou Dobbs Show on radio (heard in Philadelphia on WNPV-AM 1440)
August 22, 2013 |
Less than two months before its former state director squares off against Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the U.S. Senate special election, members of Americans for Prosperity celebrated the opening Tuesday of the group's new field office in Cherry Hill. The conservative nonprofit now has five offices in New Jersey - including another new one in Washington Township - in an effort to expand its influence and voice across the state. "It'll allow us to go out and meet more individuals and carry our message of economic freedom to a larger community and widen our base," said Daryn Iwicki, the nonprofit's deputy state director.
January 31, 1988 |
"You are about to begin your journey into relaxation. It will be your own unique experience, just like you are taking a wonderful vacation. You will decide where you want to go and what you want to do. I will merely be your guide," crooned Noma Sigel as her passengers settled in for their trip. No seat belts required; goggles, headphones and a soft blue blanket were the only gear needed for this journey, the destination being the inner mind. All for $10 for a half-hour. Welcome to Brainwaves Inc., the mauve, lavender and blue home of the area's first public Synchro-Energizer, a $50,000, 32-person device that combines patterns of light with sound to stimulate the brain, reduce tension and stress, and improve mood and memory.
February 22, 1994 |
The year was 1984. Bob Rapp, a 42-year-old Democrat, was running in the Ninth District State Senate race against Republican incumbent Clarence D. Bell. At 70, Bell had already served seven terms. Rapp stressed in his campaign that the demands of the job were too great for a person of Bell's age. "Politics, unfortunately, has become a young man's sport," he told a reporter. Bell went on to win handily. Now, 10 years and two election victories later, he is still a state senator, and still busy proving Rapp and other critics wrong.
August 17, 1996 |
Why do we insist on listening to predictions that time and again turn out to be wrong? For example: How many pundits said Bob Dole would pick Jack Kemp as his running mate? I sure don't remember any. Bad political forecasts are a way of life in Washington. Political experts missed the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. Similarly, many economic forecasts turn out to be ridiculous. The main reason that experts are wrong so much is simply that the future is unknowable.