Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves in order to curry favor with local voters.
Let's start with this premise: "Income inequality" is one of the more absurd catchphrases of modern discourse. We'll lump it with "The Great Recession" and "awfully good" as items that fall into the category of oxymoronic/nonsensical/overused tools of rhetoric.
Imagine one day you're poking along down the highway, a gargantuan vehicle behind you honks, galumphs past you in another lane and unsettles you by its size and proximity to the point of road rage — except for one thing.
How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns — both the political and medical kind — agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.
A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, "requiring" a new round of reforms. But the Constitution requires a wall of separation between campaign and state.
It's far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate's ideology, should be expected to address.
One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.
This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world.
The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded; consequently, care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.
At the risk of revealing more than I should about the enormous financial windfall that comes with being a journalist, I'll let you in on a secret — a proposed capital-gains tax in Washington would not apply to me.