If, as the Obama administration is convinced, the United States will no longer conduct “long and large stability operations” in foreign countries, then the defense budget it has proposed for next year makes some logical choices. Troop strength, particularly in the Army, is being cut — to the lowest level since before World War II — so that money can be spent on new technology, cyber operations and special operations forces, which will be expanded.
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Most people, if pressed on the subject, would probably agree that extreme income inequality is a bad thing, although a fair number of conservatives believe that the whole subject of income distribution should be banned from public discourse. (Rick Santorum, the former senator and presidential candidate, wants to ban the term “middle class,” which he says is “class-envy, leftist language.” Who knew?) But what can be done about it?
The world according to cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate
The world according to cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators Syndicate.
According to the Census Bureau, for the first time in more than a century, the annual number of deaths among white Americans exceeded the number of births. Add to that the facts that Asians are now the fastest-growing minority in the U.S., and a majority of American children younger than 5 now belong to a racial or ethnic minority, and we can begin to appreciate Heraclitus’ wisdom that “change is the only constant in life.”
WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference more than a week ago, disputed the notion that “the Republican Party is in this big, massive civil war.”
True story. A few years ago, a reader called to explain, in all sincerity, how he thought the trillions of dollars in the federal budget should be spent. It was simple:
The Big Island as seen by Hawaii Tribune-Herald cartoonist Gary Hoff.
WASHINGTON — What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
America’s foremost foreign policymakers are struggling to find a way forward in response to Russia’s apparent seizure of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.
The world according to cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, Creators Syndicate.
President Obama submitted his 2015 budget plan to Congress on Tuesday, knowing that hardly any of his proposals have a prospect of actually being enacted this year, what with the Senate controlled by the president’s fellow Democrats and the House by Republicans.
WASHINGTON — When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier?
It’s been five years since a commentator on one of the more liberal networks, MSNBC, launched the tea party movement. Since Rick Santelli’s rant from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, decrying a president who wanted hard-working Americans to pay for “losers’ mortgages,” activists have changed the political landscape for better and worse.
WASHINGTON — When White House press secretary Jay Carney led a quartet of President Obama’s top advisers into an auditorium for the annual rollout of the budget Tuesday, only 40 of the room’s 120 seats were occupied — and several of the reporters there had come to ask Carney about Ukraine.