The other day I was having a conversation about health care with a friend in the labor movement. We were discussing various problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the pressures on hospitals to cut costs and the negative effects of workers those pressures create, and such things.
“Happy New Year!” we all wish each other when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. The next day, while walking my dogs, I exchanged the same wish with my neighbors. But, for hundreds of refugees to this country, the new year has been horrific, not happy, and the fault lies exclusively with the Obama administration.
At Alternet, Robert Reich makes the point that the GOP did not simply snap up white working class voters. The Dems abandoned them. He might have also noted that this was not just about economic policy, it was about the Dems' penchant for sticking their finger in the eyes of working class voters, white and black, on cultural issues.
A blizzard is set to hit Washington tomorrow, interfering with plans for the annual Right-to-Life March. There is a metaphor for the state of the pro-life movement in the weather forecast, but it is not necessarily the one that the organizers have in mind.
The Holy Father delivered another amazing sermon that is probably setting the groundwork for an Apostolic Exhortation that will knock everyone's socks off. March, when we anticipate the Exhortation will be released, is going to be more than a little interesting.
Here at NCR, John Gehring has a wonderful commentary on the state of the civil rights movement.
Distinctly Catholic: Both Palin and Trump are skilled at articulating the sense of emotional grievance that lurks in many a working class heart.
In this morning's Washington Post, a look at the anger against Wall Street that is found among both Democrats and Republicans. I know some of you do not share my disenchantment with President Obama, but keep in mind that his pollsters have been tracking this anger for eight years and they have not sought to channel it into meaningful reforms.
Everything about Donald Trump’s appearance at Liberty University yesterday was strange, including the mere fact of it. Trump was clobbered for a reference to ‘Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians,” although many people, including myself, often write “2 Cor” to refer to that book of the Bible. In any event, that was the least of the issues raised by Trump’s appearance and what he had to say and how his audience reacted to his speech.
The Holy Father spoke to the Christian Workers' Movement in the Paul VI Hall last week and his words are worth studying, especially by by conservative friends who like to bash unions. He calls for a capitalism with a human face which, I would suggest, is not likely to be forthcoming from the capitalists.
Distinctly Catholic: The tenor of a Democratic Party presidential debate has a more substantial and serious feel to it, whereas a GOP debate resembles a verbal version of professional wrestling.