Longtime broadcast newsman Richard Tucker is a staff writer and media critic formerly with The Heritage Foundation.
Tucker works with Heritage analysts and other conservative public policy advocates who appear regularly in the print and broadcast news media.
Before joining the Heritage Foundation, he spent almost eight years as a broadcast news copy editor and writer, first in CNN's Atlanta headquarters and most recently in the cable news network's Washington Bureau.
Tucker's career as a broadcast journalist began in 1992 as a photographer/editor with WBNG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Binghamton, New York. He is a 1991 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.
Originally from Vestal, N.Y., Tucker lives with his wife and two sons in northern Virginia.
Gentlemen,” Herbert Hoover told visiting dignitaries in June of 1930, “you have come six weeks too late.” The Depression, he declared, was over. Sadly, for him and for the country, he wasn’t correct.
Dress the part.
So far during the Obama years, the serial scandals have fallen into a familiar pattern...
?Happy Father’s Day!
?A writing teacher used to claim that “if you can say it in 10 words, you can say it in five.” And a new book seems likely to prove his case.
A birthday is often a time to celebrate, but just as often a time to reflect. What’s been accomplished so far? What’s left to do?
?“Actions speak louder than words,” people used to say. But that’s so 20th century. The modern American ethos seems to value how you feel far more than what you do.
Exactly a century ago, the leading lights of Europe seemed to believe that war was impossible. One of the era’s most successful books, “The Great Illusion” by journalist Norman Angell, asserted that trade, not violence, was the way of the future.
The practice of channeling things such as job training, medical care and retirement benefits through the federal government is as obsolete as printing comics on newsprint. It’s happening elsewhere already; now we need to apply creative destruction to government.
There’s nothing more permanent than the illusion of permanence. BlackBerry was revolutionary a decade ago. Now IT departments warn it may be gone within the year.
In politics, the trend is toward smaller, more homogenous government. Czechoslovakia broke into two countries.
If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you cannot. Last year, two-thirds of all federal spending was automatic. That means lawmakers had no control over it; it just happened.
Hey you. Yea, you, running a business. Or opening a franchise. Or preparing to retire after a lifetime of hard work. Mike Konczal has a message for you: Stop congratulating yourself and accept the fact that all your success is only possible because you’ve got a massive, federal welfare state backstopping you every step of the way.
Bitcoin’s success shows that there’s nothing sacred about money. A $100 bill can buy groceries for a family, or be used in a drug deal (90 percent of paper money in the U.S. has traces of cocaine on it). It’s only valuable because people believe it is valuable.
In the mid-1980s the reconstituted band Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship, formerly Jefferson Airplane) enjoyed a number one hit with “We Built This City (on Rock and Roll).” Turns out they were on to something. About the city, if not the rock and roll.
At the end of the classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off, after the credits role and the music stops, actor Matthew Broderick shatters the fourth wall and tells the audience, “It’s over. Go home.” Hanna Rosin has essentially the same message for human males. It’s over. For you.
Shakespeare wrote that some men are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them. But what did he know? A more modern idea seems to hold that no man is great.
There are some trends that one can fight against, and others that one must simply embrace. It is the job of a statesman to determine which is which. And that brings us to the proliferation of Christmas music.
It’s that time of year again. Time for another supposed “war on Christmas.” Critics on the right complain that liberals are trying to stamp out religion, while many on the left will go looking to be offended by every little thing.
It’s usually impossible to tell when an era is ending. Few predicted the market crash that would end the Jazz Age, for example.
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