Articles filed under Gerson, Michael

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  • A global conspiracy of good health Dec 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as population increased by about 1 billion. Shout it from the rooftops.

  • The arrogance of liberal elites Dec 21, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Jonathan Gruber — the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg — recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing variety of settings, that the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws. “Lack of transparency,” he cheerfully conceded, “is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

  • An act of exceptional recklessness Dec 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: With the release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let’s consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.

  • Shrinking the AIDS epidemic map Dec 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: My college roommate — the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world — died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus gradually destroyed enough T-cells to cut their ties with the flesh. Metaphors don’t really capture the horror. Declined? Withered? At any rate, he died. That was 20 World AIDS Days ago, shortly before the arrival of miracle drugs that could have saved my friend’s life.

  • Obama abandons the ‘harder path’ Nov 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national emergency. Challenge Congress, under threat of unilateral executive action, to legislate on the topic before your term runs out. And when lawmakers refuse, act with the most expansive definition of presidential power.

  • The gathering storm in Washington Nov 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: After a series of national elections that empowered two parties on an ideological collision course, Americans are about to be treated to a magnified version of everything they hate: overreach, backlash, deadlock, threats and lasting bitterness.

  • Rising, but bringing everyone else along Nov 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Gov. John Kasich of Ohio deserves the award for best performance in a battleground state. It helps, of course, to have a flawed Democratic opponent. Yet Kasich won a majority of union voters, three-fifths of women voters, a majority of voters under 30, two-thirds of independents, and a quarter of African-American voters.

  • Obama’s ‘gifts’ to the nation Nov 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received. For Obama, there have been two convincing presidential victories; for the Democratic Party, electoral ruin at every other level.

  • Gates will use his Ebola moment to expand fight against disease Oct 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In a tragic, unsought sense, this is Gates’ moment. The focus of his life — preventable disease — is suddenly the obsession of the world.

  • A lesson in the lavishness of grace Oct 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Those interested in the most efficient provision of social services would probably not design L’Arche — a program that lavishly invests a single life in a single life. Whether this is viewed as wasteful depends upon your ultimate goal.

  • Obama’s tendency toward inaction Oct 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: If the Middle East were at peace, Obama’s lawyerly process might appear brilliant. But the outcome we’ve actually seen is directly related to the reticent, insular leadership style Obama has often exhibited. Problems in the Middle East do not improve like wine with time; they rot like meat.

  • On Ebola, hard choices Oct 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a time to question authority. And then there is a time to shut up and listen carefully to medical experts, who sometimes say complex and difficult things. Such attentiveness is about to become even more important. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone (countries lacking effective health systems) is not contained; it is catastrophic.

  • Ginn approach strives for ‘miracles’ in education Oct 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Ginn Academy resembles no urban public school I’ve ever visited: all male, dress shirt and tie, the Socratic method employed in classrooms. School spirit seems imported from the prep school; discipline from the playing field; aspiration from the church pew.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress.

  • The value of a human life Sep 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Whatever modern political theories may claim, human life has a value greater than autonomy and choice.

  • Obama’s careful war Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama’s Islamic State speech — his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them “safe haven,” his moral clarity on their “acts of barbarism” — also sounded least like Obama.

  • Carrying the fight to the enemy Sep 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Now American ambitions are being gradually, reluctantly and unavoidably expanded. The effort now required in Iraq and Syria is not a counterterrorism operation. It is a counterinsurgency campaign

  • Inertia on Ebola is having dire consequences Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The decision-making process at the White House is, no doubt, clogged with crises. But the Ebola epidemic is not one foreign policy challenge among many; it is nature out to kill us.

  • The troubling new slant on story of Israel Sep 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In a recent essay, Matti Friedman, a reporter for The Associated Press in Jerusalem between 2006 and 2011, recalls being forced to weave a different story: of Israeli oppression and Palestinian victimhood.

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