- Peggy Noonan on the Anniversary of Health Care Reform On the one-year anniversary of President Obama's announced push for health care reform, the conservative Noonan evaluates the initiative. Her verdict: this, she declares unequivocally in The Wall Street Journal, is "what a disaster looks like."
- David Brooks on the Tea Party Brooks makes his own argument for a comparison made in September by Lee Siegel and discussed occasionally
since then--that of the Tea Party and the '60s hippie counterculture. In
particular, he discusses similarities and tactics, and argues that both
movements are, at heart, "radically anticonservative."
- Edward Glaeser on Hidden Anti-Urban Biases in the Stimulus The Boston Globe writer argues
that "over the past 60 years, cities have been hit by a painful policy
trifecta: subsidization of highways, subsidization of homeownership,
and a school system that creates strong incentives for many parents to
leave city borders." The new spending on infrastructure in the stimulus
is an opportunity to reverse the "anti-urban bias," says Glaeser, but
"politics-as-usual favors sprawl over city." He urges Obama for
multiple reasons--including environmental--to "fight for cities, not
just as a matter of justice, but because cities, and the creativity
that comes when humans connect and learn from each other in dense
areas, are the best hope for the country."
- Michael Gerson on Obama's Quietly Fantastic Education Policy Health care reform may be languishing, but Post columnist Gerson says
Obama's definitely doing one thing with "creative vigor": education
reform. He's impressed by the two-pronged attack: "serious consequences
for chronically failing schools, including mass teacher firings and
takeovers by charters, and the use of student performance to assess
individual teachers and principals." It's the "right fight for the
right reasons," he says, and he wants to give credit to Obama and
Education Secretary Arne Duncan where "credit is due."
- Antony Lerman on the Yiddish Language In The Guardian, Lerman
is intrigued by a recent revival of the Yiddish language. On the one
hand, the resurgence is encouraging, and "proves that Zionism failed to
consign other forms of Jewish life to oblivion." On the other, "it's not immune from political manipulation or of being co-opted in Jewish political battles." He suggests the cultural flowering may prove "subversive."
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