Northern Reflections: Putting The Children In Charge

Joe Nocera’s column in today’s New York Times will be quoted often in years to come. He and a few others — like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich —  have written that America’s future is being sabotaged by the children who were elected last November. Nocera writes: These last few months, much of the country ...

Northern Reflections: This Is A Better Idea?

There are many around the world who are resting easier this morning. But Paul Krugman isn’t one of them. He writes that the deal which President Obama reached with congressional leaders is a disaster: Start with the economics. We currently have a deeply depressed economy. We will almost certainly continue to have a depressed economy ...

Northern Reflections: Tea Party Time

Amid reports that Democratic and Republican leaders have reached a budget deal, Jeffrey Simpson’s analysis of  American politics, in today’s Globe and Mail, offers some valuable perspective. The reasons for the problem are well known: The U.S. spends way more than it raises in revenue and, therefore, borrows massively; it imports more than it exports; ...

Northern Reflections: The Vultures Are Circling

John Boehner is in the same spot he was in a week ago, when he walked out of budget negotiations with President Obama. He doesn’t have the votes. The difference this time is that he doesn’t have the votes for his own plan, not the president’s. In today’s Globe and Mail,  Jeffrey Simpson suggests that ...

Northern Reflections: Raging Amnesia

George Orwell had a pretty good bead on the future. The only difference between 1984 and 2011 is that things go down the memory hole quicker. Certainly, writes Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast, the Republican Party suffers from a shocking case of amnesia: If the debt-ceiling negotiations reveal anything about America in 2011, it ...

Northern Reflections: Smelling The Crazy

For Conservatives, Paul Krugman is more than an apostate; he is the Anti-Christ. But his column in today’s New York Times is required reading. He writes that it’s strange how many people, who have been in denial, are now “waking up and smelling the crazy.” The Republican Party dove off the deep end long ago. ...

Northern Reflections: Come, Let Us Reason Together

I have always thought that Churchill was right when he said that, “the United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative”  I was a graduate student in the United States during the Watergate Crisis; and, for me, the long and circuitous climax to that challenge proved the truth of Churchill’s ...