In preparation for his new position as chairman of the Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter out in January to companies and trade groups, asking for input in identifying burdensome regulations.
The cancer specialist at Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton, Florida threw his papers down on a table and angrily shouted at his patent: “Do I have to do this. That’s not me. Do I have to do this. I don’t want to do this.”
Across the country, departments of education are feeling cuts as state governments move to close budget gaps. It is scary to think that money and teachers are flowing away from schools, at a time when our schools need to be improving.
A magazine article in Hong Kong reports Jiang Zemin regrets the persecution of Falun Gong. The article's headline is “Admitting Human Beings Have Universal Values.” Its subhead is “The two major events Jiang Zemin regrets in his life.”
Civil society—that is, a society of the people—cannot thrive in a country where a one-party state attempts to control everything. But civil society institutions are pretty helpful for solving social problems.
It has been a historically snowy winter thus far, giving New York City, where I work every day, its snowiest January in recorded history and dropping a record-breaking 19.5 inches of snow on Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
World and national events have seemed heavy recently. Hoping and fearing for Egypt and the rest of the Arab and the Persian worlds, and hoping and fearing for my own region have made me a serious camper, not a happy camper.