Change is the only constant in life, and yet we’re perpetually surprised that we have to change. Mostly, we don’t like it, yet if we didn’t change, we would either fail or perish. We frequently say we realize that we have to change and that it will be hard, yet when we find it so,
For the second time in eight years, the Roman Catholic church finds itself at a juncture. With each new papacy, the church has the opportunity to change direction. At least, so we think. To outsiders, the inner workings of the church are byzantine, with hardly any transparency. What we know is basically what we are told,
Much has been made of the Michigan tax subsidies to the movie industry in the past few years. As some issues tend to be, there’s not much of a middle ground with them. People are either ardently for them, or vehemently against. Having had them for a few years now, it’s pretty clear that we’re
And evil is sin, sin is forgiven, so gambling is in. Or something like that, at least according to the mind of government budget planners. In the industrial Midwest, where steady streams of tax revenue have become increasingly harder to come by, local governments have relied ever more on taxes levied on casinos and the
One would think that in politics, the process of running campaigns, with all of their public scrutiny and glare from the press, would have a way of weeding out the nut jobs. And usually, that’s the case. Most of the time the process works, and it works well. Case in point: most Republican senatorial candidates.
If you lived in America before 1913 and weren’t rich, you were paying a whole hell of a lot more in taxes, proportionally speaking, than the men and women who, for all intents and purposes, owned the country. Through a system of excise taxes, tariffs and fees, the bulk of which fell disproportionally on the
Out of the past six presidential elections, Republican candidates have lost the popular vote five times. Party identification is declining. The party is getting much older, and much whiter, than mainstream American society. The base demands policies that run counter both to common sense and empirical sense. And so, instead of demanding change in the