They say that wherever you go, you take your problems with you.
That's certainly true for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was unable to escape the clutches of the so-called Gropegate scandal when he arrived here in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday to assume his role as head of the New York delegation at the Democratic National Convention.
Within hours of touching down in the Queen City, Silver sat down for several extended interviews to discuss the mess.
Democracy is never in greater danger, than when self-appointed spokespersons for a deity decide to re-regulate religious dogma, to suit their own selfish designs and turn religious freedom into religious tyranny. This is the imminent danger with which deceitful minions of religious despotism now threaten the United States, under the guise of securing religious freedom via an entrenched uniformity.
Recently there was a report on TV about Hurricane Isaac and gas prices. It seemed that because some oil drilling rigs in the Gulf Coast had to be shut down, oil companies were predicting a spike in gas prices. A local woman was interviewed and she said that she had been planning a Labor Day weekend trip to Pennsylvania to visit relatives but if gas prices went up, she might have to cancel her trip. It made me think of John Allen Paulos.
In 2006, thirteen men and women from Maine participated in study titled “Body of Evidence: A study of Pollution in Main People” sponsored by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, which sought to draw attention to the growing presence of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. The study looked for a handful of known toxins and heavy metals, some which have been around forever, such as lead and arsenic and some, which are relatively new, such as phthalates, flame retardants, and perfluorinated chemicals.
Seven years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked its havoc on New Orleans and the Gulf coast, Republicans had to delay the start of their national convention because of fears that Tropical Storm Isaac would interrupt the party. Given that the Republican party chooses to ignore climate change as a problem, it sure is ironic that extreme weather is messing up their plans in Tampa. How many years packed with extreme weather do we have to have before Republicans and Democrats will make it an issue worth debating?
Election 2012 is now in full swing. The rhetoric is escalating across many different policy areas -- from the economy, to international relations and defense, to healthcare, to immigration, to such social issues as abortion rights and same sex marriage. In my commentary today, I will focus on the education components of the just – released Republican platform. Subsequent commentaries will address the Democratic education platform and discuss how the public policy proposals of each party differ and could impact K-12 and higher education.
Bread and butter issues will undoubtedly be emphasized in this presidential campaign season. The unemployment rate, the need for jobs, the rapid growth in dependents, fiscal deficits and the enormous debt overhang will garner headlines in the weeks ahead. But there are other issues the nation must confront. While on some fronts the government cannot do much about them, campaigns are a venue for the airing of ideas, a time to educate and persuade.
There’s too much regulation, says Romney. Too much regulation, say some businesses. It’s always categorical, not about which regulation. Just that regulation is bad. Stop it.
The forests are burning. The drought continues. The deserts are growing. The earth is warming. The diseases are spreading. The storms are destroying our towns and farms. The glaciers are melting and the oceans are retaking our shores, submerging islands, making refugees and warriors. But oh block the regulation.
The ancient Greeks had a word for it: “HYBRIS;” their term for the sin of “excessive pride or arrogance.” They believed it resulted from too much prosperity without ethical restraint. This bred “nemesis” or public indignation that demanded punishment. Today, we call it “hubris” but it still means the same and begets the same response.