I'm fine with the bishops having a Fortnight for Freedom -- and who isn't really? We all love freedom, and I'd venture to even say we love fortnights. However, we're missing the real issue at hand: poverty.
I simply refuse to believe that Mitt Romney's cold, selfish, self-satisfied vision represents the views of most Americans, and not simply because so many of our brother and sisters, friends and neighbors today are looking to government for just a little help.
Texas Governor Ann Richards used to say, "My mama doesn't know the difference between a block grant and a city block, but she knows a bad deal when she sees it." Unfortunately, some governors fail to read the fine print often associated with block grants.
"Time is relative," Einstein discovered. So, too, is political time. But these two facts together cause many problems, as reflected in current debates over the seemingly simple question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
Bill Clinton's Democratic convention speech is widely praised, but tucked inside was a less-discussed charge against Republicans that could be his party's killer app: GOP Medicaid cuts that would devastate nursing-home care.
It's time to tell the truth about Medicaid: what it does, who it helps, and what proposals -- like Representative Paul Ryan's budget proposal and the move by some states to reject the Medicaid expansion -- would do to it.