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Kathleen Parker: Dream the American Dream in 2014

Posted 1/2/2014 in National Columns

America's capacity for optimism and hope has been boundless through much of our short history. The tangible returns of hard work, the ordered liberty sustained through community consent and opportunity honed over time to apply equally to all men and women -- these were the currency of what we called the American Dream.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Never too late to start up

Posted 1/2/2014 in National Columns

Could an aging population be good for economic growth? I mean, isn't it an accepted fact that our economy will suffer as more Americans pass age 65 and start sitting around all day, soaking up government benefits?

 

 

Froma Harrop: Social Security gets more politically secure

Posted 12/30/2013 in National Columns

Proposals to raise Social Security benefits are a refreshing antidote to portrayals of the program as a mere drain on the Treasury. Details of some such plans are troubling -- for reasons I'll go into -- but the change in tone is most welcome.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Three more years

Posted 12/27/2013 in National Columns

The disastrous rollout of Obamacare, worse than anyone anticipated or warned, could have doomed the president's second term. It would require something very big to take your eyes off of that disaster. What an idea. Shut down the government.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Reality has its risks

Posted 12/26/2013 in National Columns

The honchos at A&E, professing shock that an old Southern redneck from their reality TV hit "Duck Dynasty" made the sort of homophobic remarks one would expect from an old Southern redneck, yanked Phil Robertson off the show. A culture war skirmish ensued.

 

 

Clarence Page: Why the right should support boosting minimum wage, too

Posted 12/26/2013 in National Columns

I've heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: "You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?"

 

 

Birney Imes: Open season on mistletoe

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

The week after Thanksgiving Perry Griggs, The Dispatch's pressroom supervisor, asked me if I knew somewhere he could go to shoot mistletoe. Say that again?

 

 

Rheta Johnson: A last-minute list of books for Christmas

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

When niece Chelsey was little, I lavished her with Christmas gifts too numerous and fanciful to remember. There were faux-fur coats with Dalmatian spots, diminutive dolls bundled as quintuplets, plastic horses that cost more than the real thing.

 

 

Jessie Jackson: A call for justice and compassion

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

Pope Francis is displaying an extraordinary style and passion that demands our attention. He addresses the needs of the poor, embraces outcasts, and loves those on the margins of society. In this recent "apostolic exhortation," The Joy of the Gospel, the pope raises a moral challenge to both his church and the world.

 

Susan Estrich: Duck, duck, goose

Posted 12/21/2013 in National Columns

"Don't be deceived," Duck Commander and A&E reality television star Phil Robertson insisted, when asked to define what he considered to be sinful behavior. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

 

Kathleen Parker: Dreaming of a penguin Christmas

Posted 12/19/2013 in National Columns

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. And a penguin?

 

 

Susan Estrich: The judge and the NSA

Posted 12/18/2013 in National Columns

I suspect the NSA may have thought they got lucky when one of the first post-Edward Snowden cases to challenge their phone metadata collection was assigned to Judge Richard Leon on the federal district court in Washington, D.C. After all, Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush after a long career, much of it spent working for Republicans in Washington.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Christmas books

Posted 12/16/2013 in National Columns

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.

 

Kathleen Parker: House Republicans rise up against the right wing

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

'Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck." Miraculous.

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama the oblivious

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."

 

 

Froma Harrop: How we really feel about economic inequality

Posted 12/14/2013 in National Columns

Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right. The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 -- and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Teaching Republicans how to talk to women

Posted 12/12/2013 in National Columns

Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

 

 

Froma Harrop: A President Christie would spell tea party's doom

Posted 12/11/2013 in National Columns

Mainstream Republicans are doing backflips over Chris Christie's frolic to re-election as governor of New Jersey. Here is a Republican who took on public employee unions, spoke out against abortion and gay marriage, and still scored a landslide win in a blue state. And he won Latinos' and women's votes, too.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Will Americans pay for American-made?

Posted 12/10/2013 in National Columns

Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans' shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there's one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.

 

Kathleen Parker: The conscience of a pope

Posted 12/7/2013 in National Columns

We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil. Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie.

 

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