Item: In the early years of the Depression, write Robert Dreier and Donald Cohen in an article entitled “Ignore the fear-mongering on Social Security,” in the Los Angeles Times for August 14, “most business leaders and conservatives considered the very idea that government had a moral responsibility to help senior citizens retire with dignity to be outrageously radical, a dangerous trampling of individual liberty. They predicted that the Social Security tax would bankrupt the country.”
The aborted plan of Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, to burn copies of the Muslim Koran has received national and international attention that is far out of proportion with the proposed action. The media gives scant attention to the actions of any Christian minister, especially when the man in question serves a flock that reportedly consists of 50 souls. And yet Rev. Jones’ plan to burn the Koran generated such a storm of media attention that his proposed course of action may even have briefly eclipsed the notoriety of his famous high-school classmate, Rush Limbaugh.
Tens of thousands of patriotic Americans flocked to Washington, D.C., this past weekend for the “March on D.C.,” a four-day-long series of events, ranging from a Liberty XPO and Symposium, to a Constitution Seminar, and finally culminating with the 9/12 march on the Capitol. Organized by “Unite in Action,” a group comprised of more than 50 grass-roots organizations, the weekend boasted a large turnout and powerful displays of patriotism and peaceful resistance.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of an initiative to build an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from New York’s World Trade Center site, told the members of one of the nation’s most influential foreign policy think-tanks on September 13 that his group is exploring alternate options for the highly controversial project.
The fire-breathing — as his reputation would have it — Chief of Staff of the Obama Administration has seemed to keep a low profile of late. Indications are that Rahm Emanuel may be opting to resign his post in the near future. The office of Chief of Staff to the President of the United States is said to be the toughest one in Washington. It is a Cabinet-level position responsible for overseeing the White House staff, managing the President’s schedule and supervising who meets with him — a position dubbed the Gatekeeper to the Oval Office. Even among Presidents who have served two terms, the longest a Chief of Staff has lasted is six years.