There is an ancient political saying: Don’t let the grass grow under your feet. That means not standing still. It means broadening one’s voter base and universe of support. It means using and maximizing one’s incumbency.
In the Far Northwest Side 41st Ward, where Alderman Mary O’Connor is completing her first term, the proverbial grass under and around her feet is knee-high and choked with weeds. Despite 4 years of incumbency, the bland, colorless and reliably pro-Rahm Emanuel... Read the full story »
For the past six years, investors have faced one fear after another. One of those fears has been the more than $1 trillion of student loan debt outstanding. This debt is up 160% since the start of 2006 (and growing) while the share of student loans with payments 90 days late, or longer, has risen from 6.4% to 11.3%.
Look, we’re not thrilled with this debt. Just like with low-income housing loans, the government is pushing hard, providing subsidies and creating avenues to avoid paying it back.... Read the full story »
I have long believed, and written several times, that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want and never wanted a Palestinian state–the basis of the so-call two-state solution for peace in what many call the Holy Land–though until the eve of the recent Israeli election, he always piously said he supported the idea. (Neither, to my reckoning does Hamas, so I have no illusions about Netanyahu being the sole obstacle.)
Then remarkably, apparently faltering in the polls,... Read the full story »