Why do so many TV reporters think they exist in order to sell us on the virtues of government entitlements? The latest fad is the call to add a universal prescription-drug subsidy to Medicare. Suddenly, it's become The Issue We Must All Ponder.
Quite frankly the behavior of some women has gotten out of hand, and it's because we men have become cowards and wimps. The more men take of double-standards, ridiculous demands and just plain nonsense, the more these women are going to give.
In his debate against Dan Quayle and Admiral Stockdale in 1992, Al Gore said, "We have an environmental crisis, a health insurance crisis, (and) substandard education. It is time for a change." It's eight years later, and Gore is still carping about the same crises. Where has he been for the last eight years?
It must be the silly season, what else explains the following news items? "A 6-foot Mr. Potato Head statue, one of dozens dotting Rhode Island as part of a tourism campaign, will be taken down because of complaints that the grinning, brown-skinned figure appeared racist," reports the Associated Press.
A number of press reports have recently warned mutual fund investors about the problem of capital gains distributions on their fund shares. Under current law, such distributions can impose additional taxes even on investors who never sold any of their shares.
Like everyone else in America, I had never really listened to the arguments of the drug legalization crowd because ... it's not going to happen. These people are like scholars whose area of expertise is an obscure bug in a Third World country.
Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded some 4,000 schools Blue Ribbons because they are "models of excellence and equity." The feds boast, "The Blue Ribbon nomination package pulls together what is cutting edge in education today."
On Sept. 26, the U.S. Census Bureau released data on poverty and income for 1999. In its press statement, the Bureau emphasized the rise in median household income to its highest level ever, and decline in the poverty rate to its lowest level since 1979.
When the Senate Republican Conference convened last Wednesday for its weekly senators-only luncheon, Sen. Phil Gramm rose to state his unique views about the session-ending confusion in Congress. That momentarily turned the GOP malaise on Capitol Hill into pandemonium.
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