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Archive for May, 2007

Evidence-Based Governance

May 31st, 2007

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For six years, we have lived in a through-the-looking glass world of faith-based governance. The President and his administration have led the country on a hunch and a prayer. Just yesterday, the Director of NASA (presumably a rocket scientist!) was suggesting that it was “arrogant” to presume that our present climate is “the optimal climate,” or that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change.

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Iran on the Brink

May 25th, 2007

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In the past week, US-Iran relations have gone from a slow simmer to a roiling boil. Is this posturing and positioning in the run up to the May 28 bilateral talks in Baghdad, or is this the road to open warfare? Let’s look at the evidence.

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Iraq: What’s Next

May 25th, 2007

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The United States needs to get out of the war in Iraq. We should have never, never been in it in the first place. This war was a stupid idea, not just a badly executed idea.

That is my position. It is – and always has been – the position of Third Way. Well, actually Third Way did not exist when we got into this war. But I certainly know it was my position, and that of all four founders of this group. One of them, Matt Bennett, moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to work for Wes Clark’s campaign because he thought Clark was the best anti-war candidate. So let there be no doubt that Third Way’s team has opposed this war from the very beginning.

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Unsticking the Sandwich Generation – Hold the Mayo

May 10th, 2007

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My father-in-law is 77. My son is almost 2.

Thirty years ago, having this combination of aging parents and very young children would have been unusual. Today, it’s increasingly the norm.
A number of demographic trends are driving this rise in “sandwich generation” families. On one end is the fact that women are marrying and bearing children later in life; on the other is that people are living longer in retirement. In 1975, the average birth mother was 24; today she’s 28. In 1989, fewer than two in three adults between the ages of 41 and 59 had at least one living parent. Today, it’s nearly three in four.

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Bush and Hate Crimes: Standing Athwart History, Yelling Stop

May 4th, 2007

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill extending hate crimes protections to people victimized based on their sexuality.

Apparently, the announcement of the bill’s comfortable passage (237-189) was greeted with thunderous applause. I can relate to the joy in that chamber. This is the kind of bill that makes me proud to be an American.

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