Book fan, Barack Obama

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them (Joseph Brodsky) Regardless of your political views, our former president, Barack Obama, was a phenomenal book fan. How he found time for his passion baffles me, given the pressing demands on his time as president of the United States. And I admire the books he’s read and recommended, among them classics like Doris … Continue reading Book fan, Barack Obama

The Heart of Darkness: The Syrian Inferno

The civil war in Syrian, which began in March 2011, drags on with all its madness and no end in sight.  In that time, 125,000 (latest figures) have died and 2 million of Syria’s 6 million population fled, spilling its human burden into refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. All wars are destructive, but civil wars usually are among the worst.  In our … Continue reading The Heart of Darkness: The Syrian Inferno

Hamlet in the White House: Obama Blinks

I had tuned in on Friday to President Obama’s Rose Garden appearance before the media, expecting an updating of data justifying a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria.  After all, Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken forcefully to the issue, calling it an act of “thieves and murderers.”  How preternatural it seemed for someone who had … Continue reading Hamlet in the White House: Obama Blinks

Obama’s assault on Social Security

Although vociferously claiming entitlement programs aren’t on the table in securing deficit reductions, the President’s recent actions prove his rhetoric to be little more than political chicanery in upholding the integrity of Social Security, for an example. In an effort to stimulate the economy by putting more money into our pocketbooks, President Obama has proposed continuing the payroll tax reduction (now 4.1%) for Social Security. … Continue reading Obama’s assault on Social Security