All Posts Tagged With: "Power"

Health Care Reform Without GOP?

healthcare-reformTom Harkin, Senator from Iowa, proclaimed Wednesday that Congress can proceed and pass Health Care Reform without the help of Republicans, or rather, despite Republican opposition.

While a more detailed examination of the bill that passed its first major hurdle in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will be forthcoming here, it seems to be worth the time to examine Harkin’s statement as it strikes as a bellweather for our nation’s future.

This is more than a review of the strictly partisan victory Democrats have achieved in Congress, with the 60 votes needed in the Senate to defeat most Republican efforts at stopping or at least slowing actions by Democrats that might normally be nuanced with even the threat of filibuster.  It is …


Charities and Diversity

So, there’s this state that thinks foundations with $250 million in assets or more should to provide reports on the gender orientation and ethnicity of their boards and staffs, and the boards and staffs of the charities they support.  And to what extent they are actually run by minorities, or support them.

I’ll give you one guess which state I’m talking about.

I’ll wait.

That was fast.  Yes, it is California!  You are so smart!

You’re not from there are you?

Heather R. Higgins, a board member of the Philanthropy Roundtable, wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal on this topic today on this topic.

It’s just a little scary to think about.

Champions of the bill claim that its only goal is to


Spitzer Disappoints

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer today confirmed he met with a prostitute in a Washington hotel room.  He apologized for his actions and said little more.  He did not say if he planned to resign.

“I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promised better,” he said.

He’s clearly a disappointment to everyone now.  His family, his state, and his party (he’s a Democrat).

It’s going to be really easy to throw darts at this guy, and I’m going to resist that.  He needed to apologize.  He needs to resign.  What he did was wrong and corrupts the public trust.

However, what he did, as wrong as it is, is a symptom of a core problem …


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