Many companies, such as Clorox, have voluntarily switched to safer chemicals, demonstrating that it can be done. But hard-line chemical companies, led by the Koch brothers, have lobbied relentlessly in Washington to prevent reforms.
High-priced lobbyists for the Koch brothers and other chemical plant owners have for decades prevented effective action on Capitol Hill to make these plants safer from attack or accident. But President Obama has the power to make that happen.
President Obama has sent clear signals that he will pursue initiatives that he can move forward within existing laws and without the need to wrestle with Congress. Now is the time for the president to take action to protect communities from the threat of chemical disasters.
Today's Republican Party is not a comfortable place for many classic Republicans. This is why I don't see someone like General David Petraeus easily saddling up to the Republican Party in his post-military, post-Afghanistan Eisenhoweresque rise.
This time McCain's tin ear for -- and lack of commitment to -- the true worth of women invades the public sphere. He refused to choose a qualified Republican woman and, in doing so, his contempt for women is showing like an oversized slip beneath a mini-skirt.