The Miami Heat paid a lot of money to three superstars so they could all be champions together. What in our culture has taught LeBron that doing anything differently, for any other reason, is of equal or greater importance?
Just when a college degree is becoming the basic credential for entry into the middle class, billions of taxpayer dollars are being diverted to a questionable new player: for-profit, investor-owned colleges.
The principles of clarity, transparency, accountability, and protecting the common good against private greed are not just economic policy matters. On a more transcendent level, they provide the metrics of real repentance.
The president needs to stop his over-reliance on inputs from men and women who studied at the "Bob Rubin School of Economics," a school with a laissez faire curriculum that for too long has errantly dominated the nation's thinking.
But the one pervading thought was, wherever I went, how badly government was broken. From local municipalities to the U.S. Congress to the United Nations, all signs point toward a declination of our lifestyle because of their inability to govern.
Whenever a budget battle happens, safety net services come under the gun. Albany should take a close look at innovative programs that provide needed services while offsetting spiraling expenditures in other areas.