Third Way Perspectives
Archive for March, 2007
March 30th, 2007
As is now painfully apparent, President Bush responded to the wake up call on Iraq that the voters delivered in November by hitting the snooze button. Firing Donald Rumsfeld, the barest minimum of a response that he could offer, was as far as he was willing to go. Since then, it’s been stay the course, as he’s simply ignored the will of the American people and reality on the ground. More of the same failed strategy, and still no plan from his Administration to end the war in Iraq and put America back on the offensive against al Qaeda and its allies.
March 22nd, 2007
The New Rules Economy of today demands that individuals and families increasingly take charge of their own financial futures. It’s a major challenge and source of anxiety for middle-class families, who are coping with the shift away from traditional pensions toward 401(k)s, and for whom real wealth now means owning a stock portfolio as well as a home.
It’s an even bigger challenge for low-income families, for whom having even a small amount to save is a far bigger concern than how to save it.
March 16th, 2007
It really must be the 21st century, because at last we have in our hands the first-of-its kind vaccine against cancer. But at times it seems like the political debate over the vaccine – yes, there is actually a DEBATE over a cancer vaccine – is rooted firmly in centuries past.
March 13th, 2007
On March 6th, Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate, Dick Durbin, joined Third Way co-chairs Senator Evan Bayh and Senator Tom Carper in releasing a new Third Way report, Beyond Bush: A New Strategy of Constriction to Defeat al Qaeda and its Allies.
“This report puts the emphasis of US national security back where it belongs, on Al Qaeda,” Senator Durbin said. “How you define a problem dictates the policy response.”
We couldn’t agree more.
March 9th, 2007
Before they start popping the champagne corks over on Waples Mill Road, Wayne LaPierre and his fellow couch potatoes at the NRA better carefully read the DC Circuit’s decision striking down the District of Columbia’s gun ban. You see, the NRA has been fighting hammer and tongs to overturn the DC ban on handguns. As a resident of the 4th Ward of DC – yes, right near the infamous Walter Reed outpatient clinic, which actually looks worse in person than on TV – let me express my gratitude for the NRA’s sincere concerns about my freedoms.
March 7th, 2007
When was the last time you heard the word “faggot”? For me – at least until this weekend – I think it must have been about 25 years ago, listening to some mean kid on the playground rant at a classmate. It was offensive and preposterous at the time, and that was when it was coming from the mouth of a 13-year old punk.