For political junkies in Washington, this is like opening day of baseball season — everybody can dream that this is their year. While most candidates will eventually turn into the Seattle Mariners of politics (hey, this season might be different!), for now everybody is a winner.
Confession time: I hope to look as young as Lou Bacigalupi when I’m 92. Heck, I wish I looked that young now, and I’m 52. But in meeting with the Vancouver nonagenarian, the important thing is that I hope to think as clearly as he does if I make it to his age.
Let’s take a look at how those tax cuts are working out. You know, the ones that are supposed to rain prosperity upon us even though independent analysis says those cuts will increase the federal debt by more than $1 trillion over the next couple years.
When it comes to politics, people like labels. We enjoy lumping together groups of people and labeling them, as if the complexity of human beings can be distilled to a single qualifier. We like to think it makes the world a little more manageable.
On Tuesday, less than a week after a massacre at a Florida high school, a student at Washington University in St. Louis was suspended from school and removed from campus. That’s what happens when someone has an AR-15 in their room and a handgun in their car.
The summation is succinct and complete: “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”
There’s nothing wrong with offering prayers for somebody in need; it’s kind of thoughtful, actually. There is, however, a bit of a problem with charging as much as $35 for a promise to keep them in your thoughts.