With Congress returning from recess to consider health care legislation and the President set to deliver a major address on the subject to both houses of Congress tomorrow, a bit of history may be in order.
I keep hearing that the economic meltdown has taken a huge toll on the stock portfolios of the rich. That's true. But the rich haven't lost nearly as much of their assets, proportionately, as everyone else.
Addressing Congress is a good idea, but Obama can't rely solely on his exceptional rhetorical skills. He'll need to twist arms, cajole, force recalcitrant members to join him, and threaten retribution if they don't come along.
There are more grandparents than ever, and more of them are directly caring for their grandchildren than at any time in our recent history. And yet -- no parades, no telethons, not even a zero-down, interest-free auto sale.