Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
Housing plan’s aim: Help people help themselves By Timothy Geithner and Shaun Donovan
Our economy’s troubles began with housing and the overstretched finances of millions of homeowners. So we must repair our housing sector in tandem with solving the many other problems weighing on the nation in order to protect the American Dream and get growth going again.
Is the Administration Winging It? By Karl Rove
Team Obama demonstrated remarkable discipline during the presidential campaign. From raising an unprecedented amount of money to milking every advantage from the Inteernet to grabbing lots of delegates from inexpensive caucus states, they left nothing to chance.
An ‘Impulsive’ America? By Victor Davis Hanson
President Barack Obama’s first TV interview was with the Dubai-based, partly Saudi-funded Al Arabiya satellite channel. In passing, he faulted past American policy for too readily “dictating” in the Middle East. He had better things to say about Saudi King Abdullah’s “courage” in trying to solve the Middle East crisis.
When the World Knocks at the White House Door By Robert Dallek
At the start of his presidential term in 1913, Woodrow Wilson said prophetically, “It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs.” Although he managed to win passage of major progressive reforms, including the Federal Reserve Act, his presidency was soon overwhelmed by problems abroad: first in Mexico, with American troops seizing the port of Vera Cruz in April 1914, and then in Europe, where the First World War erupted that August.
Will Detroit Get Totaled? By E. J. Dionne Jr.
It was a terrible omen: At the end of November, just as the American car industry was hitting a wall, my dear Saturn was totaled, around midnight, in front of my house.
Drowning by Fire Hose By George F. Will
FDR’s analogies, like his policies, are being recycled. As money gushes from Washington like water from a fire hose, consider how bailout
promiscuity is coloring politics at all levels.
How to get rid of Roland Burris By Garrett Epps
Rod Blagojevich is gone — but his legacy is tainting both the Illinois political system and, now, the United States Senate. The prospect is for a miserable, drawn-out inquiry into the deceptions of Blago’s Senate appointee, Roland Burris