I'm not categorically opposed to Social Security adjustments -- longer phase-in period for benefits, slightly higher retirement age -- but, as the Center on Budget and Policy priorities notes, we should remember that Social Security is actually a pretty modest program:
Peter Beinartobserves that the national conversation would be much different if Jared Lee Loughner were a Muslim:
Had the shooters’ name been Abdul Mohammed, you’d be hearing the familiar drumbeat about the need for profiling and the pathologies of Islam. But since his name was Jared Lee Loughner, he gets called “mentally unstable”; the word “terrorist” rarely comes up. When are we going to acknowledge that good old-fashioned white Americans are every bit as capable of killing civilians for a political cause as people with brown skin who pray to Allah?
In the wake of the tragic Arizona shooting, Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) says he plans to introduce a bill criminalizing the use of certain forms of threatening imagery against lawmakers and judges.
"You can't threaten the president with a bullseye or a crosshair," Brady told the New York Times. He explained to CNN that his bill would also ban symbols or language that threaten "a congressman, senator or federal judge."