Well-informed voters remain the most critical component for maintaining a vibrant democracy. As former United States President John F. Kennedy so cogently observed, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”
It has been said that even a broken clock shows the correct time twice daily. Shortly after taking office, Bill O’Reilly asked President Donald J. Trump how he could respect “a killer” like Vladimir Putin. In a harbinger of the year to come, the President demonstrated his conspicuous lack of circumspection and replied, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"
Not to be outdone by the satirist that remixed the comedic short called “Mr. Potter and the Commies of Bedford Falls” in which Mr. Henry F. Potter is the hero and George Bailey the villain, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) recently proclaimed, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Is there any context where that statement might be less offensive to working men and women?
Indisputably, people are living longer. The graying of the population will require a change in our thinking about traditional retirement.
Somewhere in the United States right now, as you read this, the next victims of a mass murder are going about their business of life and have no idea what’s in store for them.
In recent decades, private industry has gradually moved away from providing pensions for employees and the responsibility for preparing for life after constant labor has fallen to the individual.