While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.
The things Oprah once gave us -- the sense of community, the relevant national conversations and lines of inquiry, and the iconic model of intelligent self-reflection -- have been cheapened by her attempt to align them with things.
It's one thing to spend $165 for less than four hours of working out. It's another to walk around the city in a $58 flashy tank top that is essentially shouting "I have enough money to not only afford my rent, but to also spend $45 per hour to work out" to the world.
In an unlikely chain of events Tuesday, the New York Yankees finally secured a contract with 32-year-old pitching ace Cliff Lee that exceeded the team's previous offer, made five minutes earlier, by twelve years and $320 million.
John and Cindy McCain made roughly $6.5 million last year. Of that $6.5 million, $23,000 came from social security. That's right, the millionaire McCains draw steadily on a system he says is disgracefully broken.