PRAY. HOPE. PREPARE BY THOMAS FRIEDMAN
NEW YORK TIMES
Make no mistake where my heart lies. I still believe this Arab democracy movement was inevitable, necessary and built on a deep and authentic human quest for freedom, dignity and justice. But without extraordinary leadership, the Arab transitions are going to be much harder than in Eastern Europe. Pray for Germanys. Hope for South Africas. Prepare for Yugoslavias.
GIVING DOCTORS ORDERS BY MAUREEN DOWD
NEW YORK TIMES
I had read that Alec Baldwin was, not surprisingly, a master at demanding that cabdrivers get off their phones. I called and asked for some pointers. “I tell them to shut off the radio, get off the phone and post their license, because very often the man driving the cab is not the guy on the license,” he said. “If you get in a cab you don’t feel comfortable in, get out of that cab.” I told Baldwin that I would start giving orders, when necessary, to cabdrivers and clinicians, even though I feared their wrath.
TAX AND SPENDING MYTHS AND REALITIES
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL
As a matter of fairness, raising income taxes must start with requiring the richest Americans — who have been the biggest beneficiaries of Bush-era tax cuts — to pay more. But even that won’t dig the country out of its hole. The middle class is also going to have to pay higher taxes. That is the only way to pay for needed services, tackle the deficit and slow the borrowing and the rise in interest payments. … Those details are the easy part. More than anything, Mr. Obama must change the political debate, by rebutting, once and for all, the tax-cuts-above-all ideology that has gotten this country into this deep mess.