“Far worse is the signal this sends: If even groups whose very mission is public-spirited can’t take an exceedingly modest risk to extend health coverage, how can we expect anybody else to pay a little more for a moral imperative?”—E. J. Dionne Jr., 9/24/09 WaPo OpEd, on charitable giving & health care.
“How mean-spirited will we allow ourselves to become? How coarsened has our political culture made us? We like to see ourselves as a generous, caring and welcoming nation. Are we losing that part of our character?”—E. J. Dionne, 9/14/09 WaPo OpEd on yelling, illegal immigrants & health care.
“Anybody who writes an article about the “best espresso machine” that’s not the Faema E61 non ha nulla nella sua testa pazza”—Ben Lamb (@bennyfactor), Student of International Political Economy & Connoisseur of fine espresso machines - via twitter
If you have small children, and you love them, you’ll play this song for them. Then you’ll go out and get a ton of Woody Guthrie and play it for them. Then you’ll get them a guitar eventually. I’m almost guaranteeing (with no prior parenting experience mind you) that this will be the start of a successful, happy child.
“But what if our media-created impression of the meetings is wrong? What if the highly publicized screamers represented only a fraction of public opinion? What if most of the town halls were populated by citizens who respectfully but firmly expressed a mixture of support, concern and doubt?”—E.J. Dionne Jr. (WaPo OpEd) 9/3/09 begs what is “The Real Town Hall Story?”