There are those on the Right who debase the currency of that four-letter word -- "evil" -- by using it against anyone who disagrees with them. But what word do you apply to people who deny food to hungry families, voting rights to minorities, or a chance for self-advancement to hard-working students from lower-income homes?
This week brought the annual post-Oscars debate about whether the show was offensive, boring, edgy, too long, or all of the above. The reviews for DC's mishandling of the sequester were less divided, with pretty much everyone agreeing that it's a self-inflicted disaster -- one President Obama called "dumb," "arbitrary," "unnecessary," and "inexcusable." Alternatives from both sides of the aisle were voted down, but the right solution -- repealing the jobs-and-growth-killing budget cuts -- wasn't even considered. Meanwhile, at least one new job opening was created this week, as ex-Pope Benedict spent the first night of his retirement watching TV reports about his departure. Hopefully he skipped over Bob Woodward's pathetic media appearances, in which he turned a polite email exchange between friends into a threat, or stories about Justice Scalia calling the Voting Rights Act a "racial entitlement" -- a statement far more offensive than anything said during the Oscars. Talk about "seeing a boob."