The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress.
Reading this week's New York Times headline -- "U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan" -- many probably wondered how this information was being presented as "news" in 2010.
While British Petroleum and federal regulators are certainly at fault for their reckless behavior, every American who uses oil -- which is to say every American -- is incriminated in this ecological holocaust.
After Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt delivered a national address making eight references to the "sacrifice" that would be needed in the impending war and three mentions of the "self-denial" we would have to endure.
Someone is going to bear the massive cost of damage to the Gulf Coast economy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out to make sure it isn't the oil firms whose rig caused the catastrophe in the first place.
If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama's Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.
Imagine an alternate universe in which a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.Imagine a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.
"I Want My Country Back" -- this ubiquitous tea party mantra belongs next to Nike's "Just Do It" on Ad Age's list of the most transcendent idioms.
The true thinking behind Arizona's immigration bill could be heard back in 2001, when the emotional aftermath of 9/11 momentarily removed politicians' rhetorical filters.
Whereas former presidents typically devote their retirements to history-revising legacy preservation, Bill Clinton is laudably doing the opposite -- and the nation will, hopefully, benefit.