Violence is Not Part of American Democracy
In response to the suggestion of a Russian reporter that political violence is inherent to America’s democracy, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday strongly condemned the shooting that occurred in Tucson, Arizona as well as politically motivated violence in general. “That is not American,” he declared. Gibbs had praised the event in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in last week’s | Read More »
WikiLeaks, Doing the Work of Totalitarianism
Theodore Dalrymple is skeptical of WikiLeaks‘ release of confidential American embassy cables. He warns that the whistleblowers are unwittingly doing the work of totalitarianism. The idea behind WikiLeaks is that life should be an open book, that everything that is said and done should be immediately revealed to everybody, that there should be no secret agreements, deeds, or conversations. In the fanatically puritanical view of | Read More »
Should Washington Leave Social Security Alone?
Ezra Klein likes to think so. In Newsweek he urges lawmakers not to mess with Social Security in order to restore balance to the federal budget. Popular wisdom has it has Social Security is financially unsustainable. Klein disputes that. He notes that, over the next 75 years, the program’s shortfall will equal approximately 0.7 percent of GDP. That isn’t a crisis, he attests. “It’s a | Read More »