cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
President Obama will address the pre-K to 6th grade students all across America on Tuesday, September 8th. On the one hand, that sounds like a neat idea. On the other, it sounds somehow Orwellian.
There is much speculation amongst those with a "political" gene as to how the Senate will look and act following the death of Ted Kennedy. I was not a Kennedy fan, but he was a strong force in the Senate especially when the Democrats held a majority. He did seem to work the other side of the aisle to get Republicans on board for some of his programs. I see the bulk of those deals having been a bit more what the Democrats wanted than what the Republicans wanted, but he did get things done.
This phrase is simplistic but all too true when we look at politics and law-making. Given the relatively low cost of running for local or county office, the money required is not "big money". At the local level and county levels the "money" may be more the chance to rub shoulders with those who are successful, or to be able to be seen with important politicians or business people.
We had a different approach to the fight against terrorism on 9/10 than we had on 9/11. As we all witnessed the World Trade Center buildings collapse having seen the airplanes flown into them intentionally, we seemed to awaken to the threat that we had largely ignored to that time.