Perfect Gift — Much better was the photograph of a Wisconsin barn from our children and their partners, framed in barn wood.
Steve Hochstadt: We need a better national conversation about what public services we need and want. Cost is one of the issues, but not the only one.
Gender Balance in Academia — The unquestioned dominance of white men in America is long gone, in the history profession in particular.
Steve Hochstadt: Cooking and talking, bumping into one another constantly, checking each other’s dishes, cleaning up and making a mess again – it brings us all together with a common purpose and a shared understanding of who our family is, what we believe in, and what we want to eat.
Steve Hochstadt: Until the late 1960s the preferential treatment of whites and men was so normal that questioning it made headlines. That form of white male privilege is gone.
Steve Hochstadt: The Obama administration failed to deliver what it promised. Republican obstructionism contributed to the failure. But now more people who are eligible are enrolling for Medicaid. People who have signed up are already saving money on insurance.
Steve Hochstadt: Conservatives talk a lot about shrinking government, but when they are in power they do no such thing. Federal spending increased in each year of the Reagan administration and each year of George Bush’s presidency.
Steve Hochstadt: So why does the right wing hate institutions of higher education? One reason is that many courses deal with subjects that make extreme conservatives uncomfortable. Biologists teach evolution, not creationism. Scientists believe that global warming is caused by human action. Men and women are treated equally in the content of our courses.
Steve Hochstadt: The opponents of same-sex marriage wish to do what our Constitution forbids: have their minority religious beliefs be state law.
Steve Hochstadt: Despite the billions in damage to our economy that the shutdown caused and the unanimous warnings from economists across the world that a government default would create much worse damage, Republican politicians did not budge.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are really that Americans will now discover the advantages of the ACA. Then their made-up statistics about job losses will evaporate into thin air.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are trying to slash the programs which have allowed most people who fell into poverty during the recession to get out of it.