Economists talk a lot about scarcity. Scarcity occurs when we have fewer resources than are necessary to fill our basic needs and wants. Price is usually a good indicator of scarcity. Despite the recent short-term glut of oil, for instance, increasing demand and decreasing supplies of fossil fuels means that gasoline prices will inevitably rise in the coming years.
It is increasingly the case that foreign policy discussions often result in bipolar viewpoints characterized by those who contend why should we get involved in the affairs of others and those who believe the United States should deploy large forces with massive lethality to contend with enemies.
Probably nothing has roiled the hoped-for response to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s unprecedented address to the joint houses of The U.S. Congress, like the arrival on-scene and subsequent pained demeanor, of Nobel Peace-Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. The coincidental arrival of an unanticipated Spring snow storm also provided excuses for the large number of members in both houses, who shunned the Prime Minister’s highly controversial speech, arranged by House Speaker Boehner, without any previous notice to President Obama; a glaring and intentional insult.
The pace is picking up at the state Capitol. The budget is scheduled to be approved by April 1st. In order to meet that deadline, the state Senate and the state Assembly are likely to advance their own one-house budget plans this upcoming week. A week after that, both houses should begin a joint conference committee process to work out their differences while they negotiate with the governor.
Rose-colored glasses get a bad name. Whenever I hear someone accused of having rose-colored glasses it usually means they’re unrealistically optimistic or ignoring reality. This might be true…But I believe everyone needs a pair. A few years ago I got some from my older sister, who is my hero. She’s been my greatest teacher and role model, and the “rose-colored glasses” she gave me all those years ago have been a gift that changed my life.
Which Presidential candidate called for “high sustained economic growth where more people can have earned success?” and in what year? No, it was not Bill Clinton in 1992. No, it was not Barack Obama in 2012. It was Jeb Bush in a sit-down with Sean Hannity during the CPAC conference. (For details see http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/27/jeb-bush-defends-himself-on-common-core )
This weekend’s cultural highlights in the greater region include an avatar of modern dance, a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novelist, a new art gallery, a state-of-the-art, 21st century remix of images by an iconic 20th century illustrator, a world-beat influenced dance-rock outfit, and an all-stops-pulled performance of a classic oratorio.
The issue of sexual assault on our nation’s campuses has been much in the news, especially since President Obama’s creation of a Task Force in early 2014 to address this serious issue. Lawmakers at the state and federal level, as well as law-enforcement officials have been deeply engaged with college and university leaders in attempting to develop effective prevention strategies as well as ways our institutions of higher education should deal with instances of alleged sexual assault on their campuses.