Bryant’s hospital statement is a bit of irony
There was a bit of irony when Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant stated, “I cannot sit back and allow Mississippians’ access to (health) care be threatened in violation of state law.”
Cochran’s re-election decision complex
Five years ago at the University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, I was asked to conduct a public interview with Mississippi’s senior U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during his bid for a sixth term against Democratic challenger and former state legislator Erik Fleming.
Big government is not a bad thing
If a stranger resembling Texan Ted Cruz sat down next to me on the Greyhound, I’d change seats. His look is somewhere between post-office pin-up and a Grecian Formula television ad.
Scout troop visits Horn Island
I camped on Horn Island underneath the stars. One more check off my bucket list.
Budget talk vs. budget reality
Politicians talk earnestly, passionately and with historical flourishes about cutting federal spending.
Here’s the rub — the Congressional Budget Office projects that the federal government will spend $3.602 trillion in Fiscal Year 2014 and collect $3.042 trillion in revenues, which will leave a projected federal budget deficit of some $600 billion. As one might imagine, Democrats and Republicans differ on those numbers.
Should we elect new rascals?
Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them.
The women are taking over in D.C.
The headline in the Washington Post read, “Moderates flex muscle.” Below that were pictures of 12 senators, six from each party, who are helping to forge a bipartisan compromise that would reopen the government and pay its bills. But the story never mentioned a key fact: Five of the 12 are women, three Republicans and two Democrats.
Barbour still backs Kemper
Former Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was in Starkville this week to address one of the state’s largest Rotary Clubs and the topic of his remarks — despite significant and dramatic recent national and state political developments — were almost exclusively about energy.
Some hustlers use racial negativism to gain sway
Years ago, someone said that, according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway.
200 years of tea party paranoia
(EDITORI’S NOTE: This week’s column contains a direct quotation from a Mark Twain novel, Huckleberry Finn, with a word that may be objectionable to readers.)
“It’s easier to fool people,” Mark Twain apparently never said, “than to convince them that they have been fooled.” You can find those words all over the Internet attributed to Twain, but I can locate no credible source.
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