"Pro-Family" means anti-families

It's a new year, so it's a new chance to harp again on one of my pet peeves — the evasive abstraction of the so-called "pro-family" agenda of the so-called "pro-family" groups. These groups sometimes announce their "pro-family" stance by stating their allegiance to "The Family" right there in their name — Focus on the [Read More...]

It never stops

The residents of the Appomattox Mobile Home Park in Hopewell, Va., have until Saturday to clear out their belongings: For most residents at the Appomattox Mobile Home Park, the news came as a surprise: On Oct. 29, each tenant received a notice ordering them to leave the park within 30 days. No reason was given, [Read More...]

Getting laid off is not the same as getting fired

Getting laid off is not the same as getting fired. That should be particularly obvious, as for the past three years America’s economy and the economy of many other countries around the world have been shaped by mass lay-offs and not by mass firings. But yet this confusion persists — particularly on right-wing talk radio, [Read More...]

Crabs in a bucket

Here is a remarkable finding from a recent Gallup poll. Americans were asked to rate a series of issues before the final session of this Congress as "Very important," "Somewhat important" or "Not too/Not at all important." "Passing legislation that would keep the estate tax from increasing significantly next year" was rated as very important [Read More...]

‘The politics of envy’

JB: Let the one who has two tunics share with the one who has none. RWT: That's what I'm talking about! That's the politics of envy. JB: I don't see what envy has – RWT: I've got two tunics and you've just got one and now you envy me! JB: I used to have two [Read More...]

5. Bridges

Want to read something scary? Click over to the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory site and do a little reading on the state of America’s bridges. The good news is that most of them are in pretty good shape. More than half. The bad news is that some of our bridges are in pretty [Read More...]

4. The Grid

America’s electrical power grid is a much more complicated thing than the systems we have for distributing drinking water or handling wastewater. The technology of our water system isn’t wholly different from what the Romans used. It’s basically, to quote the late Sen. Ted Stevens, “a series of tubes.” Those tubes were built with about [Read More...]

3. Offshore wind farms

Right now, in 2010, the United States has the same number of offshore wind farms as Mali. Mali is a much poorer country, but its primary obstacle to developing offshore wind power is not a problem of money or technology. Mali’s main problem when it comes to offshore wind is that it’s landlocked. America has [Read More...]