Steve Hochstadt: My brother and I have puzzled over many of our parents’ ideas since they died. But I don’t think that their fondness for the Dodgers was about success. Although they never talked about it, I believe race was at the heart of their preference.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the most frightening developments in American politics has been the increasing disdain of significant portions of the Republican Party for basic democratic norms.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the least discussed but most important political policies that contributes to growing inequality is the ability of the very rich to hide their income in international tax shelters.
Steve Hochstadt: The politics of the extreme right wings of the Republican Party in the US and the Conservative Party in the UK are based on ideology, not reality.
Steve Hochstadt: 2018 was a pretty good year for normal working Americans, because the economic number that matters most, the minimum wage, is heading upwards.
Steve Hochstadt: The idea that this season should encourage generosity, charity, joyfulness and kindness adds a public moral element to private celebrations that goes beyond Christian traditions.
Steve Hochstadt: Developed immediately after the defeat of the South in 1865, the Lost Cause relies on two claims: the War was caused by a conflict over states’ rights, not slavery, and slavery itself was an honorable institution, in which whites and blacks formed contented “families”.
Steve Hochstadt: Behind the pious words that come so easily to politicians’ lips has been a nasty fight over how much money to spend on veterans.
Steve Hochstadt: Between our presidential elections every four years, the congressional races in the midterms give us the best reading, across the country, of how Americans divide themselves between Democrats and Republicans.
Steve Hochstadt: The likelihood of unusually heavy turnout had been discussed for months, but many polling places were unprepared for large numbers of voters.
Steve Hochstadt: Was it a big wave or a little wave or a ripple? Who even knows what those words mean applied to national elections? Numbers are better.
Steve Hochstadt: We make an enormous investment of time into the growth of our children. Observing my granddaughter and her parents day after day, I realize how important is patience to human life.
Steve Hochstadt: The problem is that a few prominent conservative opinion leaders, headed by our President, have gone way beyond incivility to hatred.