No mention was made of our friends and allies, Pakistan, India, and Israel, having never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Nor of Pakistan being arguably the greatest proliferator of nuclear weapons technology. Neither did anyone think to comment on our own country’s leaders recently restarting our nuclear weapons program.
Are these matters not of far more concern to our national interests than North Korea’s sabre rattling?
It seems Kerry rarely misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. His failure to talk up the media consolidation issue is a case in point. The grassroots and bipartisan outcry triggered by Michael Powell’s highhanded FCC initiative should have put this topic near the top of the campaign’s agenda.
I do not have children, but when I do they are going to private school. The public education in this country is appalling. I refuse to believe that by doing standardized tests is going to be an accurate gage as to whether or not a child is actually learning. It ...
The Federal Communications Commission is a bipartisan panel, but the chair is always a presidential appointee. Under the Bush administration, Chairman Michael Powell pursued what observers say was an aggressive campaign of media deregulation. Measures the commission passed last year drew a torrent of criticism from consumer advocates as well as some conservative groups because they gave media companies a freer hand to consolidate.
This summer a Federal Court overturned the rules. Observers question whether a Bush appointed-commission will appeal the ruling and most think a Kerry-commission might return to further regulation.
This episode of our 30 Issues series focuses on the likely affects the different candidates' will have on media consolidation if they are elected. An expert on the matter will assess the scenarios. In the meantim, read more about the various viewpoints on this.
And please email us your thoughts. We'll post the feedback after the show.
This year has been a landmark year in terms for gay marriage. In San Francisco hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were married at City Hall. In Massachusetts the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. George Bush’s position plays towards his conservative base which has ...
If we accept the argument that marriage is a religious institution, then the State should not be sanctioning any marriage. Make all State sanctioned unions civil unions, then a couple who desires to be married may visit the religious leader of their choice. And since civil unions are not religious, ...
In Friday's "30 Issues", we look at the rising cost of college education. Stats indicate that since 1990, tuition has gone up about 25% (far ahead of the rate of inflation). The past few years have seen a flurry of articles about the crushing debt some college and grad ...
How much will it cost society if the goal is to insure that everyone has a college education of some sort?
Do we really want a society where bank tellers, secretaries, laborers, garbage collectors, traffic cops, etc., need college degrees in order to secure employment or advance beyond entry level status?
While I do not advocate returning to a society where certain races, classes, sexes, etc., of people were relegated to certain jobs and job categories, it is ridiculous and fiscally irresponsible to "professionalize" even menial jobs in order to justify the cost of a college degree, which is what has happened in many cases.
“Energy independence” forms the next installment of the 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Both candidates are talking up the need to give up our dependence on foreign oil. We’ll look at the questions this raises – Is this achievable, what do we need to get there, and will it make a difference?
In the meantime, here’s where the candidates stand:
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Our 30 Issues series turns to Europe today. In the aftermath of the war in Iraq and the frayed relations with Germany and France, how much do both candidates value the alliance? Earlier this summer President Bush proposed a troop withdrawal from German bases. Elsewhere a new poll showed decreasing European support for the US. We'll get two views from The Economist magazine editor Bill Emmott and Newsweek Paris Bureau Chief, Chris Dickey.
Here are the two candidate's stances on Europe from the party platforms:
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Our new series "30 Issues in 30 Days" kicks off on Monday. The first topic, healthcare, is as hard to gain an overview of as a box full of nuts, bolts, screws, planks, and drawers that has been strewn across a room--and a good deal hearder to piece together ...
Our first "30 Issues in 30 Days" segment is just getting underway, and already the numbers are being hotly disputed.
On the right, Gail Wilensky says a study by the conservative American Enterprise Institute should dissuade Americans from embracing the more expensive Kerry plan (requires Adobe Acrobat).
On the ...