Watching the Congressional hearing yesterday where Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, I was struck by the reality of how far Congress has moved from the search for the truth, and a goal to really understand and fix problems.
After spending some time trying to shop for insurance for my parents, and facing the same issues everyone has been having, I decided to put on my developer hat and try to figure out how this web application works.
An AP story published on The Huffington Post and in many newspapers on September 22, "Close Ties Between White House, NSA Spying Review" uncovered the sham exercise that constitutes the White House's promised review of NSA surveillance programs.
What is most troubling, though not surprising, is how many in the major media have legitimized these crass and partisan Republican attacks and the manner they are being carried out in hearings that are organized so unfairly they resemble the proceedings of a one-party Republican state
Whether one agrees with the views expressed in Fox's films or not, we should all agree that citizens have a right to know and tell other citizens what our elected officials are doing. We shouldn't be arresting documentary filmmakers in America for filming public hearings.
The core lesson of the Corzine imbroglio and his "Who me?" testimony before various congressional committees has not been instinctively overlooked, but certainly not emblazoned into our consciousness, as well it should be.
There is no question that there are significant problems that both men and women face. The workplace has not truly kept pace with the changes in families' lives. But does this represent the decline of men?
Given the latest news that Chevron has been leveraging its insider status for huge profits, isn't it time our government began to rein in the massive oil market speculation? Or are the interests of the financial and oil industries just too well connected to permit change?
It may be easier for Peter King to scapegoat a religion and chase fictitious bad guys in a system he does not fully understand than begin to address the all-too-real looming problems of disempowerment in inner city communities.
Amidst the current kerfuffle of Republicans and Democrats blaming each other for ever higher gas prices, focusing on issues ranging from oil company tax breaks to impediments on new drilling, the most significant item of information extant is barely focused upon.
To attach the emergently celebrated name of 'Facebook' to that of a company whose actions at a time when the country needed financial help and vision rather chose to profit heedlessly is profoundly sad.
Today the readers of the NYT were regaled with Warren Buffett's Op-Ed expressing his admiration and appreciation for the great good work performed by our government in rallying to Wall Street's rescue. The Financial Crisis is replete with ironies.
For those who believe the Afghanistan war must continue to be prosecuted, hearings would be a chance to make that point, show that it can withstand scrutiny, and bolster support for the war among the American people.