This article at The New Republic by Jonathan Cohn explains the real issue facing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, namely, what will happen to the rates and premiums and deductibles people pay. Long after the website is fixed, this is what will matter to people and it is vital that the administration find someone - Kathleen Sebelius is not that person - who can explain how it all works with the ease that Cohn displays.
Over at RightWingWatch, our friends at People for the American Way captured a radio interview in which Pastor Kevin Swanson warns darkly:
The individualism of feminism has been devastating to this country. I'd say you ought to say no to the Girl Scout cookies too. I don't want to support lesbianism, I don't want to support Planned Parenthood, and I don't want to support abortion, and if that be the case I'm not buying Girl Scout cookies.
Anyone who has cared about peace in the Middle East should be acquainted with the always-thoughtful writings of Yossi Klein Halevi. Over at RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz pens a review of "Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation," and explains why this is a "must-read" book for any and all who are serious about their hopes for peace in the Holy Land.
Over at American Catholic, "Motley Monk" takes Bp McElroy to task for his recent article at America calling on the Church in the United States to place poverty at the top of its agenda alongside abortion. He quotes from then-Cardinal Raztinger's 2004 statement which begins, "Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia." There is the shell game.
Over at the Wall Street Journal, Nicholas Hahn complains that the U.S. bishops have exceeded their competence by wading into matters such as tax policy and military spending. I am guessing that Mr. Hahn understands taxes have to do with justice -- he probably thinks most taxes are unjust! -- and that justice is a cornerstone of the moral law bishops are charged to uphold.
Wednesday night, I tuned in to watch “EWTN News Nightly” with Colleen Carroll Campbell. She was interviewing two congressmen, Rep. Henry Cuellar, Democrat from Texas and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Republican from Kansas. At a certain point, the conversation turned to the problem-ridden rollout of the health care exchanges under Obamacare. Campbell noted that “it could be months before the problems are solved,” and then asked Huelskamp if he thought “a delay or repeal” was now likely given all the problems.
Bishop Robert McElory’s article at America “A Church for the Poor,” continues to garner attention. +McElory was interviewed by Gerard O’Connel, at Vatican Insider. You can read the full interview here. A few money quotes:
If you grew up in Red Sox nation before 2004, you understood Augustine. Some years we came close to winning the series, only to see a ball scoot through Bill Buckner's legs or some similar, apparently demonic, possession take control of the game and keep us from winning a World Series. If you grew up in Red Sox nation, you will recall exactly where you were on that October night in 2004 when the curse was broken. If you grew up in Red Sox nation, last night was a great night to be alive. Go Sox!
"Who Owns Africa?" That is one of the questions to be posed at the Fifth Annual Dyer Lecture, given this year by author Regimius Kintu, and sponsored by the Africa Faith & Justice Network. Not only does the lecture promise to be bold, but the venue - Busboys & Poets - is very congenial. You can find out more information and register for the lecture by clicking here. The event is free, but donations are welcome and the good people at AFJN will always put your donations to good use!