April 9, 2013 |
When someone in the Washington area begins to type the president's last name into the search box of Google's home page, the top three terms it suggests as the most popular selections are Obama, Obamacare and . . . Obama phone. Obama phone? A hotline, maybe, to the Oval Office? Hardly. "Obama phone" is the widely used — and misleading — nickname of a 28-year-old federal program known as Lifeline . It provides discounts, averaging $9.25 a month, on phone service for 13.3 million...
May 11, 2013 |
Shorty needed a ride home. She got confused sometimes, the result of some undefined mental condition, and wasn't always sure where she'd wandered. Her family knew this about Michelle "Shorty" Knight, all 4 feet 7 inches of her, and that's why they worried. She got in a car. It begins there, with that simple act, a 21-year-old — in many ways still very much a girl — got in a car. Aug. 22, 2002. If she'd looked up in that last moment of freedom, she...
September 13, 2012 |
Oh, remember the days when poverty was cute? You ate Ramen noodles and shared a pizza with a dozen friends because collectively you could only afford to buy the one pie. Oh, those were the days. At least those are the days politicians have been recounting during this presidential election year to try to appear to be just like real people, Americans who are struggling paycheck to paycheck. Ann Romney, Vice President Biden, New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie and Michelle Obama "all either disinterred...
May 15, 2013 |
Jim Roumell is founder of the investment management firm Roumell Asset Management LLC . In the aftermath of 9/11, many young, strong Americans enlisted, willingly agreeing to sacrifice their lives if necessary to protect our country's interests. Today's wealthiest Americans have the same opportunity to put their country's interests before their own. Politicians should not shy away from asking them to put forth not their lives but what are, for them, their modest Social Security checks.
April 1, 2013 |
Gas tax increases recently passed by lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia are both aimed at a common target: relieving the traffic congestion strangling key regions in both states. And while they were shaped by very different sets of political forces, both levies are likely to have similarly modest economic impacts. In Maryland, political power is concentrated in the hands of Democrats in the urban corridor connecting the D.C. suburbs with the Baltimore region. There...
June 28, 2012 |
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold all but one provision in the Affordable Care Act means that for now, at least, one of the most far-reaching overhauls of the nation's health-care system will be the law of the land. New rules for insurers that have taken effect will remain in place, while new opportunities to gain health-care coverage will begin in 2014. If I don't have health insurance, what will happen? Nothing right away. But beginning in 2014, virtually all Americans will have to obtain coverage...