Head in the Sand, Butt in the Polls

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A recent New York Magazine article identified four pillars to Barack Obama’s vision for his presidency, as laid out in his 2009 inaugural address: economic recovery and financial-system reform, healthcare reform, combating climate change, and education reform. Another administration priority identified in the article that did not make it into the 2009 address but has […]

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It’s the Enculturation, Stupid

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I have just seen a most heartening commercial, now apparently blanketing the metro-Baltimore market; it is the sixth or seventh time I’ve seen the spot in the last two days. It’s really more like a public service announcement, the unstated sponsor’s lettered logo in blue caps, “PNC,” briefly across the final frame. Throughout this commercial […]

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Natural Selection, not Lottery

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The secret to the great success of American industry and innovation throughout the country’s short history, to its now default position at the forefront of the world economy, is also the missing link in the mystery of the country’s failing education system. Imagine the proposal to make college admissions and corporate and industry personnel decisions […]

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The Next Great Communicator

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Having lived through seemingly a full range of presidents and presidential performances over the preceding decades—from the similarly ineffective stints of an exceptionally intelligent nuclear physicist and an underachieving C-student, to the two iconic two-term performances of our time: one by a Hollywood actor and Eureka College cheerleader, the other a Rhodes Scholar—what my observations […]

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Who’s Afraid of Universal Healthcare?

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The glaring illogicality just ruining the great theater that is Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), to its apparent imposition of a communal healthcare system upon the storied, once truly free and independent American man (Sorry ladies, I do believe this is stated correctly.), is that this dreaded communal calamity is already the […]

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