By Jay Ambrose April 5, 2015 6 a.m.
Progressives like to blame House Republicans for Washington stalemate, but those Republicans lag behind Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader. Thanks not insignificantly to his own doings, he is now the minority leader, though he is retiring at the end of 2016. Reid won't be missed except by those who think any abuse of office and American preciousness is acceptable if it furthers their druthers.
By Jay Ambrose March 29, 2015 6 a.m.
Iran's supreme leader recently said "Death to America," and meanwhile his country is gaining power in Iraq, Yemen and Syria; sponsoring terrorists; working on a ballistic missile program; and making it clear that Israel is a goner if Iran is ever in a position to make that happen.
By Jay Ambrose March 22, 2015 6 a.m.
'Uber" is a German word generally used in English to mean "super," and I am here to argue that nothing is more uber for building an economy than innovative entrepreneurship — and that few entrepreneurial companies these days are more uber than Uber. It's a taxi company that is not really a taxi company.
By Jay Ambrose March 8, 2015 6 a.m.
As the last two years of his tenure move toward their conclusion, President Barack Obama's increasingly probable legacy — on top of the much-discussed debt he will leave to punish future generations — could be a nuclear-armed Iran and a striking diminution of rule of law and American freedoms.
By Jay Ambrose January 4, 2015 6 a.m.
So, 2014 is done for. It was a year that happily ended with a pickup in the economy and other blessings but also had its excruciating moments and sometimes something making those moments and others in the further past worse: inappropriate or overreaching reactions.
By Jay Ambrose December 7, 2014 6 a.m.
When Todd Siler was 12 years old, he asked what the point of the universe was. To help find out, he later became the only one ever to get an art-and-psychology Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has since painted up a storm, thought up a storm, and is now collaborating with a scientist to give us a new boundless energy supply that could end global warming fears.
By Jay Ambrose November 9, 2014 6 a.m.
Though he just may muff it, as he has muffed so much in this presidency of his, Barack Obama has just been handed a golden opportunity to rescue his legacy and to start doing some amazingly wondrous things for this country of ours, things he himself has said he wants.
By Jay Ambrose October 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Hallelujah, fellow citizens. There's a relatively new idea trotting about in the land. It offers great hope of addressing persistent, heartrending social problems effectively and without waste, it is backed by conservatives and liberals, and it could ultimately replace a system that has provided far too little for far too much.
By Jay Ambrose September 14, 2014 6 a.m.
President Barack Obama wanted to try out another experiment in unilateral government, was persuaded it would hurt Democrats in the coming election, and backed up. The trick he had in mind — finding ways to make some illegal immigrants legal without the approval of Congress — now won't happen until after November. Then, however, we just might get a storm for which no shelters are yet constructed.
By Jay Ambrose August 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Here they come, a charging brigade, conservatives who just might win a fresh war on poverty and otherwise help the down and out because of compassion that hardly stands alone. It is accompanied by analytical soundness.
By Jay Ambrose July 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Bill Ayers is back again, though not the same as in his youth, thank heavens. That would mean boom, boom, boom, bombs going off everyplace, and this time it was more nearly blip, blip, blip, noises made ineffectually by him in a Fox News TV debate that showed he was just as amiss as ever, both intellectually and morally.
By Jay Ambrose June 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Libel — a falsity that smears a reputation — can be dreadful, and you ought to be able to sue and maybe win money if untrue, harmful things are being publicized about you. But watch out in public debates, because, if people are then allowed to sue too easily, they can squeeze needed discussion to puniness, as the Supreme Court recognized in a case against The New York Times half a century ago.
By Jay Ambrose May 25, 2014 6 a.m.
It can happen, I suspect, to any of us. Someone comes along with major thoughtfulness, lays it out in an enticing book that happens to lend aid and comfort to our ideological druthers, and we shout its praises and sneer at those who don't.
By Jay Ambrose February 16, 2014 6:01 a.m.
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.
By Jay Ambrose February 9, 2014 6 a.m.
Getting people to quit cigarettes and saving families with children from destitution have nothing in common, right? I think they do, and I think it could be President Obama's single most significant legacy if he would sponsor something comparable to a surgeon general's 1964 report on smoking killing people.
By Jay Ambrose January 19, 2014 6 a.m.
New York City is a cultural center, a commerce center, a finance center, a media center and every now and then an ideological inanity center. Its voters proved as much in electing as mayor Bill de Blasio, an income-equality kind of guy who just could become the next John Lindsay — a mayor who helped make a great city a sad city until other mayors, after a long, hard climb, finally made it great again.
By Jay Ambrose December 8, 2013 6 a.m.
Should non-Catholics care what Pope Francis says? Of course. His is a big, big voice, he is a good, good Christian man, and millions just may be swayed when he says capitalism hurts the poor. His high intentions in a recent papal statement are the kind forever paving the road to more socialist bedevilment, and we all have a stake in that.
By Jay Ambrose November 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Say it's 1960, you are 16, raised by Democrats and fascinated by politics. Because there is someone like John F. Kennedy running for president, you're also excited.
By Jay Ambrose October 31, 2013 6 a.m.
The sign-up period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act — often called "Obamacare" — got off to a fumbling start, a fact that's deservedly received massive attention even though there is something that should be kept in mind. The failure is the equivalent of no more than one ungrammatical, illogical, badly worded sentence in 10,000 pages of regulatory Obamacare gobbledygook due to inflict lasting trauma everywhere you look.
By Jay Ambrose October 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prefers safeguarding a talking point over helping kids with cancer. He said as much to a reporter, calling her reckless and irresponsible for even bringing that matter up. The online AtlanticWire fumbled to the rescue, giving the exchange more context, but without success. Reid said it.
By Jay Ambrose September 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Watch out, because here comes big government on a big mission to grab your wallet at gas pumps, empty it to no avail except to make everyone's life worse, and then applaud itself for saving the world.
By Jay Ambrose August 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Thank God for him, this preacher, this man of words, action, patriotism and nonviolence, this Christian who energized a movement, whose dream awakened a nation. I speak of Martin Luther King Jr. and ask that Americans do him the honor, please, please, of recognizing his accomplishment instead of pretending, as some do, that we haven't come that far.
By Jay Ambrose August 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Acting unconstitutionally, without benefit of Congress, President Barack Obama has vitiated President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind law.
By Jay Ambrose August 8, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The most pathetic suggestion for saving American newspapers from the trash heap was the one that said government should step in, letting taxpayers compensate for revenues fleeing to the Internet.
By Jay Ambrose August 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.
If you don't learn from history, you're doomed to repeat it, a philosopher once said, but here's an addendum: You may also want to learn from it — as in reading "Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle With Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today" — because you do want to repeat it.
By Jay Ambrose July 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Look at Detroit, the first major American city ever to file for bankruptcy and, after bemoaning how it got there and the hurt that's going to follow, say thank you for this object lesson in how a bad situation can be made worse.
By Jay Ambrose July 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
He got cute the other day,
By Jay Ambrose June 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.
It is a good thing for the American people to know the extent of government's surveillance of us, and the harms of disclosure, it seems to me, reside somewhere between trivial and none. It's also crucial to arrest and try Edward Snowden, the former security contractor who released material about the government collecting phone records and more and is now doing his best to dodge arrest.
By Jay Ambrose June 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.
President Barack Obama is more right than wrong in his embrace of massive data collection to help prevent terrorist attacks, but watch out, fellow Americans. Privacy in our land is going poof, this particular program has potential for grave abuse, and here is an administration that too often wanders off the ranch as ideology urges it forward and incompetence says OK.
By Jay Ambrose June 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.
An 18-wheeler truck with contents reaching too high recently slammed into an overhead crossbeam on a bridge crossing the Skagit River in Washington state.
By Jay Ambrose May 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Sen. Carl Levin, one of those liberal politicians leaving few harms unvisited as he does his big-government best to limit American possibilities, decided recently to beat up on Apple Inc., a business that helped pioneer a new computer age in this country and around the world. In its innovative quest for profits, it served us all far more than any current senator or bunch of them I can think of.
By Jay Ambrose May 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Please, please, there's no reason to impeach President Barack Obama, and it is overreach to say we're getting Watergate all over again. But the scandals are indeed piling up on each other, or, to use another metaphor, it's not just raining. It's pouring. And the message to the nation is to take cover.
By Jay Ambrose May 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Thomas Jefferson said and others chimed in that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Phooey, says President Barack Obama. He recently told graduating college students in Columbus, Ohio, to essentially ignore such advice.
By Jay Ambrose April 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Margaret Thatcher saved Great Britain not the way Winston Churchill did earlier, through wartime leadership, but domestically, through reform.
By Jay Ambrose April 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Homegrown or foreign-directed, it was terrorism -- a coordinated act meant to kill, maim, confuse and frighten at a major American event -- that we saw at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
By Jay Ambrose April 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
This is a review of recent winners and losers, of saints and sinners, starting with the wonderfully impressive Pope Francis, the Argentine newly in the Vatican, himself as much a work of art as the paintings there by Michelangelo, or no, much more a work of art. When he washed the feet of young prisoners on Maundy Thursday, as just one example, he radiated love you could feel halfway around the world.
By Jay Ambrose March 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Last July, a Gallup poll said 21 percent of American adults had a "great deal" of confidence in TV news, which is odd even though it is a minority, seeing as how there is so little really, truly to have confidence in.
By Jay Ambrose March 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.
In the movie "Flight," something major goes wrong with a passenger jet. It starts plunging downward, the pilot amazingly rolls the plane upside down to keep it just barely under control, and, at this point, if President Barack Obama were watching, he'd probably stand up to reassure the audience. "We don't have an immediate crisis," he would say, an encouraging smile on his face. "The plane is in a sustainable place."
By Jay Ambrose March 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.
'Spit in the ocean" -- it's a phrase that's well-worn, and for a reason, namely that it sums up so splendidly the idea of something that is itsy-bitsy relative to something very, very big.
By Jay Ambrose February 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Ideology and personal tastes often can speak louder in politics than evidence or logic, and, yes, that's as true for one side as it is for another. But it has been especially pronounced among leftists in recent years, as many found little that George W. Bush did as president that they did not abhor, even as they can find little in Barack Obama they do not very nearly worship.
By Jay Ambrose February 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The Super Bowl has come and gone. Reports tell us it was the third most widely witnessed event in American TV history, beaten only by two other Super Bowls. In this land of ours, the game has become as big a celebratory deal as just about anything from the Fourth of July to New Year's Eve. It features a physically tough sport. It is enmeshed in commercialism. Is all this OK?
By Jay Ambrose January 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.
You bump into an article in The Atlantic magazine. It's about John F. Kennedy, an American hero writ large — except that he wasn't. It tells of how he put the world at risk for the sake of politics during the Cuban missile crisis, though finally coming to his senses, and you think about another charismatic American president, Barack Obama. Will he come to his senses, too?
By Jay Ambrose January 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who started the fiscal cliff negotiations with a grand compromise offer, got as much as poked in the eye by President Barack Obama, and it didn't stop there.
By Jay Ambrose December 20, 2012 6:01 a.m.
Sometimes it seems the tipping point has come and disaster is on its merry way, and then -- what do you know? -- things start taking care of themselves. Maybe there was some helpful shoving, and it could be that more needs to be done. But you still have a kind of spontaneous solution, as is the case with immigration.
By Jay Ambrose December 6, 2012 6 a.m.
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said in a speech and in a TV interview that Social Security doesn't increase the debt by even one penny. He is wrong. It adds 2,100 trillion pennies to debt calculated as all future obligations. That's enough, along with the enormous amounts of money owed to other entitlements, to press down the American future to the point of its being squashed, but never mind. Durbin has politics to tend to.
By Jay Ambrose November 29, 2012 6 a.m.
A dozen women representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives said it was "sexist" to beat up on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice for her misleading account of what happened in Libya on Sept. 11, and there's this to be said for their position: Rice wasn't the one most at fault for the deception.
By Jay Ambrose November 1, 2012 6 a.m.
Maybe you didn't really trust Barack Obama's politics when he was elected president, but he was also bursting with positive characteristics, wasn't he? And weren't lots of people reassuring us he would fix the broken economy, abide by the highest principles of governance and move the country in right directions?
By Jay Ambrose October 18, 2012 6 a.m.
First Lady Michelle Obama said the other day that America is in a "huge recovery" because of what her husband has done, and what I'd advise is that she get a pair of binoculars and look out a White House window.