In this time of financial trouble and international turmoil, the arts and the humanities provide more than "enhancement," more than "benefit." They provide insight; they provide incentive; they inspire. They give us answers.
It's now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac.
Some members of Congress are trying to reign in this shadow drug industry, compounding pharmacies, by giving the FDA the authority to regulate these firms. But the industry is fighting back, using its political clout to resist federal standards.
At a time when the federal government should be focused like a laser beam on job-creating investments and targeted tax relief, the majority takes a pass. They choose instead to rehash standard attacks on women's health.
Rep. Lowey's statement that she would not support foreign aid until there was an end to corruption is understandable. But cutting off foreign aid now is absolutely the wrong approach for the US to take in Afghanistan.
Education is the most effective way to fight poverty. Every year a child is out of school is a year they lose in literacy, in health, in opportunity. 2010 is the year for a breakthrough on global education.