This piece should be required reading for every classroom academic in the country. Recasting one's trued-and-true course material can be a challenge, but taking on this challenge would be an enormously profitable endeavor for those on both sides of the teacher's desk.
Today's Commercial Appeal is printed on pink stock, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The other two major killers are cancers of the prostate and colon. To raise awareness of prostate cancer I expect some day to see the newspaper printed on a pastel blue stock. The obvious color for colon cancer would be tan, but that ain't gonna happen.
George Zimmer in the Men's Wearhouse story, and George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case -- it's all so confusing. They should be more careful.
The Republicans badly need a Vatican-II, except they have no Pope John to drive it. If they did (Grover Norquist doesn't count), they'd've run him instead of Mitt.
Prediction for the final 2012 Presidential debate... Obama will make a play for both the youth vote and the sports enthusiasts by striding onstage dribbling a basketball. Not to be outdone, Romney will appeal to the WWE crowd and Hispanic voters (and recall his father's birth south of the border) by showing up masked in luchador costume. Late in the hour, Obama will suddenly reach over and rip off Romney's mask, revealing Roger Ailes inside.
Oh, the irony, the irony! The reason the public is so disgusted with Washington is all that partisan bickering. "Why can't they just stop the game-playing and get to work on the country's problems?" Well, the guy who just won in South Carolina was the instigator of that partisan bickering, back in the early 90s. Remember his "Republican Revolution" and the "Contract with America?" Remember all the productive legislators who've quit because the collegial spirit just wasn't there any more? That's what the raw-meat folks are trying to push back into power.
The frustration, from the left and from the right, revolves around a perceived unfairness in the way "the system" works, where the Devil's Golden Rule ("Them as has, gets more") has trumped the Golden Rule we learned about in school and/or religious training. It's an emotion thing, and the most effective way to address an emotion thing is with another emotion thing.
That's why tax proposals are central to the original arguments advanced from both sides (although much less loudly from the right, which has largely been co-opted by those with a strategic interest in special tax privileges). "Divine Right of Kings" may be acceptable to a society based on royalist and theocratic principles. However, the US was conceived as a democracy, where fairness and equality of opportunity were basic precepts.
Cain's 9-9-9 proposal looks fair, even though it's not, and will be getting attention until that unfairness gets more exposure. Hedge fund managers paying income taxes at the 15% capital gains rate based on their use of other people's money certainly looks unfair. Closing that loophole won't balance the budget, but as a symbol it would be a powerful emotion thing and thus an important part of the solution the movement is being challenged to propose.
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