by Norman Horowitz
The buildings reach up to the sky
The traffic thunders on the busy street
Pavement slips beneath my feet
I walk alone and wonder, who am I?
I close my eyes then I can fly
And I escape from all this worldly strife
Restricted by routine of life
But still I can’t discover, who am I?
I long to wake up in the morning
And find everything has changed
And all the people that I meet don’t wear a frown
But every day is just the same
I’m chasing rainbows in the rain
All the dreams that I believe in let me down
Maybe I’m reaching far too high
For I have something else entirely free
With love of someone close to me
Unfettered by the world that hurries by
Um, to question such good fortune, who am I?
It was more than half a lifetime ago when Petula Clark recorded the song “Who Am I?”
Glenn Gould, the Canadian pianist, wrote that the song was a “document of despair which catalogues the symptoms of disenchantment and ennui.” It was said that it embodied the social consciousness of the 1960s, specifically the search for the meaning of life.
I thought about “social consciousness” the other night when the Republicans were threatening to risk so much in shutting down the government in order to defund “Planned Parenthood.” It was a genuine “Good grief!” moment for me. Continue reading “Who Am I? (Other Than Cranky)”
If you genuinely don’t care about the interests of poor people and stand to benefit electorally from weak economic growth, this gives you a very strong hand to play as a hostage taker. And John Boehner is willing to play that hand.
I hope people remember this year next time large Democratic majorities produce an inadequate stimulus bill, a not-good-enough health reform bill, a somewhat weak financial regulation bill, and fail to deliver on their promises for immigration and the environment. It’s easy in a time like that to get cynical and dismissive about the whole thing. But there’s actually a huge difference between moving forward at a slower-than-ideal pace and scrambling to reduce the pace at which you move backwards.
— Matthew Yglesias (Center for American Progress)
How many stalemates can a single president have on his plate at once…?
— Kevin Drum, re Libya (Mother Jones)
At his satirical best… — AWO
by Norman Horowitz
Sadly, those tax-and-spend, bleeding-heart liberals continue to play Robin Hood and take from the rich and give to the poor. This is certainly not the real American way.
Our country has a long and proud tradition of charity. The feds should stand aside and let the Church and other charitable institutions look after the problems of the less fortunate.
We should all be proud of the Republican House majority who defend our tax dollars from being used frivolously. Continue reading “Fear Not: The Private Sector Will Take Care of It All”
We have enough money to pay for military action in Libya, but not for job creation?
— Mark Thoma (University of Oregon)