Steve Hochstadt: If you follow the money, you can find out a lot about Trump’s politics. When he considers his financial interests, Trump is a climate change believer.
Steve Hockstadt: The great majority of Trump supporters who harbor racial prejudices are normal Americans, who have allowed themselves to be misled by the truly deplorable people, those who have been promoting racism in public for years.
Steve Hochstadt: The Paralympics movement has developed a complex system of classifications to insure “fair and equal competition”.
Steve Hochstadt: Both sides argued that history should not be erased, but disagreed about which history ought to be respected: the more recent and still existing Palace of the Republic or the more distant and now only imaginary City Palace.
the end of the war, about 90% of Warsaw’s buildings had been demolished and most of its population murdered, significantly greater destruction than was caused by the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Steve Hochstadt: Palaces require much more than personal wealth. Russian emperors used funds they collected from millions of Russian peasants to construct homes that spoke of their unearthly power.
Steve Hochstadt: Parents used to teach children to be polite to others, sometimes invoking the Golden Rule. But times have changed. Now Trump parents can explain why it’s best to insult anyone who disagrees with you.
Steve Hochstadt: I grew up on streets where nearly every house had kids, ready to join Cub Scouts, play ball, and walk to school. Crime was throwing snowballs at passing cars. At our reunion, we all marveled at how easy it was to grow up in Carle Place.
Steve Hochstadt: The varying stories put out by the Trump campaign about the speech typify the complete disinterest in truth that is central to Trump’s entire life.
Steve Hochstadt: I have found it hard to grasp what it means that I no longer have to accomplish work every day. Behavior that meant laziness and avoidance, like sleeping late or taking a nap, now mean something else, because there is much less pressure to accomplish something.
Steve Hochstadt: Like Jerry Falwell himself, the so-called moral majority were less concerned with morality than with promoting conservative politics by attacking liberals.
Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump has shown only disdain for our system. No candidate for President has ever personally insulted so many people in government as Trump.
Steve Hochstadt: Researchers on the economics of happiness have recently concluded that more money leads to more happiness only up to an income of about $75,000 per year. After that, increases in income seem to make little difference in daily happiness.