In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.
Is it time for the spin police? Sitting in the theaters of entertainment, politics and business, one wonders if practitioners of influence are abusing their tradecraft and the trust of their markets. One wonders then if they'll self-correct or be market-corrected.
Ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that Obama doesn't love America. But you know who actually doesn't love America? Secessionists don't. And it wasn't too hard to figure that one out.
Despite all the attention and widespread criticism Mr. Giuliani's comments got, they really don't amount to much on their own. After all, what the former New York City mayor thinks doesn't amount to much in today's world.
The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article.
It used to be that we heard negative speech and attack language only on talk radio the likes of Larry Elder and Rush Limbaugh. Now, that's the steady diet that the media doles out to Americans every day, from all news sources.
Let's be clear about who Giuliani is: a faded, irrelevant Republican leader who seeks attention and will say and do ridiculous things in order to achieve that. Though I ,myself, have been accused of seeking attention, I seek attention around issues, causes and cases.
The billionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, injected himself into ceremonies in Chicago last week presided over by the city's Democratic mayor and the nation's Democratic president.
They're both famous, divisive, demagogic headline hunters and racial accelerants -- and problems for their respective parties. Lowry and LaMarche discuss Rudy's slam that Obama doesn't "love America" and GOP criticism that he has the wrong phrasing and policy about ISIS.
Just weeks ago, the Washington Post described Scott Walker as the first "It" candidate of the 2016 presidential races, but after stumbling over "truth," evolution, and whether or not the President is a Christian or loves America, Walker is getting ready to change the topic.
Rudy, let's break down your statement. When you say that "I do not believe that the president loves America," what indication do you have or what criteria are you using? I really want to know.
Scott Walker doesn't know. And he doesn't care. ...
The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.
There is no doubt that we need to continue to help everyone who wants a college education to be able to afford it. And college still needs to be a path by which people can learn and demonstrate their excellence. But it is critical that it is not considered the only path.
Okay, so media critic Howard Kurtz doesn't want us to talk about 2016. But the problem is that a couple dozen Republican hopefuls do... and they're running plays that merit our attention.
The voters that make up the Republican base don't just want chili-cheese fries... they want to feast on the ground, raw, red meat of anyone who disagrees with them, while claiming that America is a Christian nation. That's the kind of diet we should make fun of.