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Monday, January 26, 2009

Counting the Walking Wounded (NYT)

it's vice versa day

The military estimates of the mental damage from war are too low because the method used to determine the count is flawed.

Troubled Minds and Purple Hearts (NYT)

the jimmy carter medal of freedom

A new decoration, a new medal, should be awarded to those whose minds and souls have been sundered by war.

The Moment for National Service (NYT)

the pet bunny school of economics

A prompt approval of the Serve America Act would create tens of thousands of meaningful new positions for people ready to work hard for the public good.

From Here to Retirement (NYT)

Zero out the corporate tax rate and the capital gains tax rate.

Money is not wealth to a nation. Capital is.

Saving does not save if everybody does it.

The wipeout in 401(k)’s has made it clear that there needs to be a better way to ensure that a lifetime of savings can’t be undone by forces beyond one’s control.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President Obama (NYT)

hundred cliches

In his Inaugural Address, President Obama gave Americans the clarity and the respect for which they have hungered.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Closing Guantánamo (NYT)

black man's legal burden

Though it will be hard enough to shut down Guantánamo Bay as Barack Obama has vowed to do, the legal burdens that President Bush is dumping on his successor will be much greater.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Return of the Natives (NYT)

firewater consumed

Native Americans have never been more excited about a new president.

How F.D.R. Made the Presidency Matter (NYT)

constitution improved

Franklin D. Roosevelt's first 100 days in office were the most productive in American legislative history.

Zimbabwe Is Dying (NYT)

pro-capitalist narrative opportunity mysteriously overlooked

by Bob Herbert
The world is ignoring the brutality of Robert Mugabe’s reign of Zimbabwe, which was once a prosperous and medically advanced nation.

Imagining the Inaugural (NYT)

play with the dog

by Gail Collins
Some advice about where to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration as 44th president of the United States.

Not So Reasonable and Customary (NYT)

free medical care

More big insurers should adopt a fairer and more transparent system for determining out-of-network reimbursements.

But Who Will Drive Them? (NYT)

predator drones patrolling highways

If the Obama administration is serious about boosting the fuel efficiency of the American fleet, it must do more than just tighten fuel-economy standards to steer drivers to the new cars.

‘They Want Us to Be Stupid Things’ (NYT)

terror defined

Anyone who questions that the real front in the war against Al Qaeda is not in Afghanistan should be made aware of how women and young girls in school are being terrorized there.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Fighting Off Depression (NYT)

words not minced

by Paul Krugman
Let’s not mince words: This looks an awful lot like the beginning of a second Great Depression. Will we “act swiftly and boldly” enough to stop that from happening?

The Principal’s Office First (NYT)

three needs night (3)

Connecticut and other states need to issue public reports of school-based arrests and take steps to ensure that they are not racially motivated.

A Pitch for Mass Transit (NYT)

three needs night (2)

Barack Obama needs to give mass transit the priority it deserves and the full financial and technological help it needs.

No Mugs, but What About Those Fees? (NYT)

three needs night (1)

Congress needs to pass legislation that would force drug companies to report payments to doctors through a national registry so that all conflicts are known.


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