Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.
I actually like the "broken window" theory, which is one reason I am marching on August 23, I just think the theory is being seriously misapplied. It is long past time to fix the real broken windows in our society that have victimized many but especially African American men.
Last month, McDonald's gave its workers a little gift -- a budget purporting to show how to survive on the starvation wages the burger behemoth pays. The bizarre financial plan made millionaire McDonald's CEO Don Thompson look like a real clown.
On the housing front, the good news is that the president wants Mel Watt to head the FHFA. The really bad news is that the problems in the U.S. housing system are currently so entrenched that, even if he is confirmed, Mel Watt will be hard-pressed to resolve them.
With income inequality in New York greater than anywhere else in the country, I for one would be doing everything to dispense crumbs to the poor, just to show that even though I have my own jet fleet, I still care about the less fortunate. But that's not what's happening.
Republicans never knew what their districts had gotten from the federal government. Until it was gone. Until after they'd paved it over with the sequester. Now they're stalled in an economically barren parking lot of their own creation.
D.C. can easily cover the sequester cuts, given the $400 million budget surplus it announced earlier this year. The outstanding question, however, is whether or not Mayor Vince Gray will be an advocate for this city's growing poor population.