Obama's descriptions of our economic difficulties have a political effect. They lead people to liken him to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, as the State of the Union made clear, there is a critical difference between the two presidents.
Most of our "medically important" antibiotics, like penicillins, tetracyclines and erythromycins, are used in animals, not people. And, nearly all of these are routine uses are in feed for animals that are not clinically sick.
As many of of us approach the depths of winter, perhaps we might look at our homemade goods with a yearning for something different, something new to taste from someone else's pantry. Have you thought about a food swap?
America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating trade rules, America has responded by pleading and begging for China to stop.
It's time to put job creation, trade reform and further finance reform above all but our national security. It's also time to stop obfuscating the true nature and depth of the current jobs crisis to suggest that it's structural and unfixable.
With a divided Congress and heightened partisanship as the 2012 elections already get underway, seeing any resolutions fulfilled any time soon will require a rare combination of political diplomacy and political force.
Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.
Recent turmoil in Europe has given rise to the idea that the euro itself might be reversible and that one or more countries might revert to national currencies. The biggest euro-skeptics are not the perfidious English, but the Germans themselves.
Rather than performing its duty under the Constitution to regulate foreign commerce and enforce our trade laws, Washington puts on an act of creating jobs with stimulation for small business and refuses to get in the trade war.
The question for America now is what will it take to restore healthy growth, if it's not going to be trade? The answer is and always has been simple. A large vibrant middle class that grows from the bottom up.
Despite the tireless efforts of the nation's editorialists, the American people don't believe in free trade agreements, and their failure to take instruction on this point is greater among Republican voters and independents.