Feb. 21, 2011 buzz: Changing views of American prosperity, labor, international influence
Susan Jacoby pokes holes in her (frightening) Op-Ed about The nest-egg myth. "This image of prosperous geezers and crones is just not accurate. The notion of an aging population well prepared to take care of itself -- not only in its relatively healthy 60s and 70s, classified by sociologists as the 'young old,' but throughout the 'old old' 80s and 90s -- is a delusion that threatens to undo 75 years of social progress that began when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935."
On the occasion of protests in Wisconsin, Tim Rutten's column, A tipping point for labor in America, sparked a lively debate, though one commenter -- clearly not a regular reader -- asked if Rutten didn't get it because he was a "selfish old rich person." Not quite the reaction Rutten usually gets…
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Patt Morrison's post suggesting that we donate money to Planned Parenthood in the names of Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) seems to have morphed into a full-fledged campaign on Facebook.
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Andrew J. Bacevich's Op-Ed, They're doing it without us, added to the robust conversation about the Middle East taking place on Twitter. His take: "Rendering a decade of U.S. policy irrelevant, the people of the Middle East are transforming the region themselves."
--Alexandra Le Tellier