I would like to do what Albert Einstein called a "thought experiment." Suppose, hypothetically, that there were a country in the Western Hemisphere called "Amurricuh," and a country in the Middle East called "Irab." Lots of Irabs live in Irab.
Severe highs and lows. Violent mood swings. One day, a person thinks that someone is the messiah, a week later, the devil. And did you see the audience during the Iowa GOP debates? Inexplicable angry outbursts. Sounds like manic depression to me.
Perhaps this is one of those times when people need to be reminded of what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." Bigotry is wrong, whether it's directed against African-Americans, gays, Jews or Mormons.
If Newt Gingrich does win the GOP nomination, then next year, we can choose between one candidate who has won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and another candidate who is constantly seeking the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Maybe you thought, "a $200,000 mortgage? For only $2 each month? That sounds impossible." Well, it is possible. It's just not possible for you. For Bank of America, yes. For Citigroup, yes. For Wells Fargo, yes. For you, no.
A GAO investigation into the Fed documents Wall Street bailouts that dwarf the $700 billion TARP, and everything else you've heard about. All this is something new, very new. The Fed was allowed to pick winners and losers.
Who are these people that we've sent to Washington to represent us? Do they live in this country? Do they see the same news reports, pass the same shuttered businesses, hear the same desperate stories from their friends and family? One has to wonder.
A few weeks ago, the Florida Democratic Party invited me to the first meeting of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. Contrary to popular belief, we must have plenty of progressives in Florida, because at 8 am, it was standing-room-only.
As soon as I heard the term "job creators," I said to myself, "that sounds like Frank Luntz talking." And sure enough, it's right in there in Frank Luntz's latest book, Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary.
As we used to say in the House of Representatives, today I'm going to yield to my esteemed colleague from Brooklyn, singer and songwriter Mr. Harry Chapin. For a song that he wrote 37 years ago, called "What Made America Famous."
The easiest thing in the world is just to go with the flow. Just do what you're told. But if 700,000 people choose you to be their Representative, their only Representative, and they're depending on you, then they deserve more than that.
Somewhere between a third and a half of all of the Republicans in the House of Representatives are going to vote against increasing the debt ceiling, no matter what Boehner puts in front of them. Boehner is a general with no troops.