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.
Steve Hochstadt: Trump appears to care a lot about asserting that he is very rich, very charitable, and very clever financially. He says those things at every opportunity. But he doesn’t care about proving it. Does Trump Care
Steve Hochstadt: Retirement means getting up in the morning without a day full of activities that must be done today. I’ll have much more spontaneous control over what I do.
Steve Hochstadt: Politicians who promise voters that they will commit war crimes reveal how unsuitable they are as world leaders. Their words have already tarnished respect for America among nations.
Steve Hochstadt: Republican lawmakers’ interest in buying expensive armaments, however, has not been combined with a willingness to support veterans when they return from combat.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have made taxes into enemy #1 of Americans. But the policies they propose mainly help the wealthy. They always attack the income tax, the most progressive tax.