April 14, 1988 |
Mayor Goode has proposed a fiscal budget which he claims is a "partnership" for city solvency. The budget would save the city $32 million a year by firing city sanitation workers and replacing them with private companies contracted to collect trash. An additional $67 million a year would be generated by raising taxes - whose taxes, the mayor has yet to say. The mayor is in a difficult situation. Eight years of Reaganism have drastically reduced federal money flowing to cities, causing mounting physical and social deterioration, not only in Philadelphia but in every large and mid- sized city in America.
June 2, 1986 |
The Italian Market got a little taste of Red Square yesterday. More than 150 card-carrying members of the Communist Party and their sympathizers gathered in Palumbo's Restaurant at 8th and Catharine streets to discuss the future of the party in America. The party, which has had practically no influence on U.S. politics or society in recent history, is attempting to take a more active role and broaden its appeal by promoting a new national newspaper, the People's Daily World.
January 29, 1986 |
Again our musical cup runneth over as D.L. Menard and his Louisiana Aces, a fiddle/guitar/Cayun bunch, present a melodic gumbo, 8 p.m., at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. Tickets: $6. Info: 925-9914. Elka Sylvern, singer/songwriter/mime/dancer, performs Soviet gypsy love songs, American peace songs and Russian folk dances at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Philadelphia-Leningrad Sisters Project, it's free. Info: 386-4779. Temple U.'s Thomas Hall Auditorium, 13th and Norris, is the scene of some red-hot Dixieland jazz featuring the Arthur Frank combo in a jazz master class at 12:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. there's a jazz workshop concert led by trumpeter Mike Natale.
December 30, 1987 |
After the 1984 election I wrote a book called The Reagan Detour, arguing that both the man and the ideology called Reaganism had already peaked. He would fade, I said, and begin contradicting himself with new taxation and arms control agreements - and then I predicted the Democrats would sweep the 1986 congressional elections and go on to regain the presidency in 1988. Well, two out of three ain't bad. I have come to doubt my certainty about 1988. Right now I think George Bush could be on his way to becoming the next president of the United States.
November 5, 2012
'Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. " That was Barack Obama in 2008. And he was right. Reagan was an ideological inflection point, ending a 50-year liberal ascendancy and beginning a 30-year conservative ascendancy. It is common for one party to take control and enact its ideological agenda. Ascendancy, however, occurs only when the opposition inevitably regains power and then proceeds to accept the basic premises of the preceding revolution.
November 6, 1986
Democrats Capture U.S. Senate. Sounds like a big story, doesn't it? One of those historic watershed elections that reshape the political landscape. But the closer one looks at the results, the less meaningful the Democratic triumph becomes. With the possible exception of the farm states, national issues were close to irrelevant in this election. The Democratic victories were built on a host of local particulars, the most important being that the party fielded better candidates.
October 16, 1988
They say the second presidential debate was kind of dull, particularly when compared with the vice presidential showdown a week earlier. No delicious gaffes, no memorable put-downs, scarcely any barbed exchanges. Just two reasonably intelligent men standing before the American people telling them how they would run the country. It may have been hard to stay awake until the end, but a lot of us probably slept better that night. What voters saw were two candidates with enough differences to offer a choice, but enough similarities to ensure that, whoever wins, the next administration will not ignore the concerns of the losing side.
August 18, 1996 |
It was fun watching Jack Kemp, something of a Republican exile only a few weeks ago, being whisked around San Diego like royalty. It was also fun to watch his friend Steve Forbes, a political joke when he started running for president last year, do sound bites and autographs morning, noon and night. Forbes and Kemp are fresh proof that politics holds stunning rewards for men who make bold, even far-fetched, moves. I say men because, at the level of national tickets, women haven't been so bold.
September 14, 1988 |
You've probably heard the old saying, "Figures won't lie," as well as Gen. Charles Grosvenor's concomitant truism, "But liars will figure. " By now, anyone who's been following the presidential campaign from scratch might be starting to feel the same way about opinion polls. Every time you wind your watch, feed the dog or break for coffee, some venerable institution is releasing the results of yet another voter survey. Naturally, each new poll is also accompanied by its own unique news hook, so as to command attention.
December 21, 1988 |
The shock of blondish hair Adam Lemma sported in a 6-inch-high Mohawk haircut last year was something he took pride in. It set him apart from the rest of the kids in his Eastern High School freshman class. But now Lemma, 16, is a sophomore, and with that new status comes a new look. So, without regret, he shaved off all of his hair and donned the uniform of a skinhead. Identified clothing-wise by their preference for flight jackets, Dr. Marten's work boots, suspenders, and tennis shirts, skinheads represent the country's latest youthful movement.