Steve Hochstadt: Political change moves slowly across our big nation, but last week changed America. The Affordable Care Act is now settled law. Same-sex marriage will prevail in every state. The Confederate flag is coming down.
Steve Hochstadt: You might think that Sanders would try to run away from the socialist label, but that would mistake two things: Sanders’ honesty and the real nature of American democratic socialism.
Steve Hochstadt: The message is clear – life is much richer in material goods in the US, but China is catching up.
Steve Hochstadt: The differences between the policies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are enormous, but both the conservative Reagan and the liberal Obama allowed the giant banks to run the American economy in their own interests.
Steve Hochstadt: I know the rate of violent crime in the US has been falling. But I can’t help thinking that we are systematically anesthetizing ourselves, especially our young, to the real horror of death.
Steve Hochstadt: When being politically incorrect means frightening and perhaps misleading one of my students, for whom I am a major authority figure, why make that choice?
Steve Hochstadt: For every dollar that labor unions and other public-interest groups spend on lobbying, large corporations and their associations spend $34.
Steve Hochstadt: Schock’s flamboyant lifestyle, paid with public funds, attracted attention long ago. He was on the “Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report” by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and Washington report for 2012 and 2013.
Steve Hochstadt: We are lucky to live in a society where our guilt or innocence is judged by free women and men. But if we want to be tried by a well-functioning jury of our peers, we must be willing to serve.
Steve Hochstadt: As long as the most conservative Republicans, those most likely to vote in primaries, demand that their party fight against equality for homosexuals, Republican politicians seem incapable of resisting.
Steve Hochstadt: Hippies did not get in your face. They didn’t send out mailers or make phone calls or knock on doors or shout into microphones. They didn’t believe that their way was necessarily better for everyone. They wanted to do their own thing.
Steve Hochstadt: The Republicans in Congress, virtually all of whom publically deny that climate change is occurring, have just proposed a budget which cuts or reverses all the programs which might reduce the pace of warming.
Steve Hochstadt: The only hint we get in Senator Cotton’s letter about what Republicans would do about foreign policy if they had executive power is this: all they care about is temporary domestic political advantage.