It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.
This year's most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region's economic well-being and to the balance of the nation's political competition, has already occurred.
Whoopee. We're growing, we're growing. The annual economic rate during the final quarter of last year was 3.2 percent, way up from the year's average of 1.9 percent and enough to arouse hope about possibilities down the road.
As any number of inspirational quotes reminds us, you must dream big in order to achieve great things. Or, as author Israelmore Ayivor puts it, "Never leave the egg in you not laid," which probably lands somewhere between inspirational and bizarre.
WASHINGTON — President Obama, in trouble at home, is quite literally heading for the border. His approval rating is in the 40s, vulnerable Democratic candidates don't want to be seen with him and Republicans think his unpopularity could win them the Senate. So it's likely no coincidence that Obama is making himself scarce in these parts.
It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.
In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs.
Not just by what they have reported, but in some cases by what they have not reported, journalists have helped tell the story of Russia in modern times. And something else has helped them tell it: what has happened to them afterward, either good, as in winning an undeserved Pulitzer Prize, or bad, as in being murdered.
In 2011, the Washington state Legislature made the difficult decision to eliminate tourism funding. You might remember that state revenues were still in decline due to the sagging economy, and my colleagues and I were forced to decide what the state would and would not fund. Although we didn't all agree on what was considered a priority, we did agree there wasn't enough money to go around.