“In 1984, just as my brother Alan … prepared himself to graduate from high school, a social worker visited our family's home,” writes T.J. Boisseau, now an associate professor of history at the University of Akron in Ohio. “She was there to explain to my parents the sorts of programs for which Alan was eligible until he turned 22 because he was mentally retarded.” Predictably, then, she “expressed surprise, and dismay” at the news of Alan’s graduation because “if he received a diploma, Alan would not be eligible for any training programs or state-sponsored support later in life.”
It can be said with certainty that the ever-expanding global economy, and our nation’s weakened position in it, is of America’s doing. Many Americans have grown to accept — and even demand — that they are consumers and recipients of government services.
The late, lamented Senator from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy, was a knee-jerk liberal who sang the Democrat party-line hymnal during the whole of his 47-year career in the Senate. In all that time he never uttered an original idea of any kind.
One of the dirtiest campaigns ever conducted for the U.S. Senate is finally over. And to the dismay of anyone who cares about decency and decorum in “the world’s most exclusive club,” the chief mud-thrower has been declared the victor.
Former Bush administration official and former governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, was secretary of Homeland Security, and his assertions in a new memoir of his years in the cabinet of George W. Bush are whipping up ire and allegations of shameless huckstering and “passing the buck” from some former colleagues.
The environmental movement, bent on regulating America under its green thumb, has such a vast array of lobbying groups, proposed measures, and specialized terminology, that it is difficult for busy Americans who are wary of this movement to stay current with the debate.