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August 11, 2010
It's alarming how cynical States Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy has become. Rather then build on the progress Baltimore has seen the last couple years, she intends to undermine our police commissioner so she can win her stupid primary. Division can be used to win elections, but I can't imagine how the city of Baltimore will benefit from it. Jeff Bailey
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September 13, 2014
President Barack Obama's speech about ISIS and the reaction to it have shown me how rotten politics are today ("Obama pursues Islamic State," Sept. 11). When President George W. Bush went into Iraq, most Democrats wanted to know where the weapons of mass destruction were. They could not have cared less if people were being killed by the thousands by the evil administration of one tribe of the country. But now, to get the press off Mr. Obama's lack of leadership, he comes out and acts as if he cares about the sectarian killings in the area and the supposed threat to our security.
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 12, 2011
In 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama insisted that the coming presidential primary and general election campaigns "shouldn't be about making each other look bad, they should be about figuring out how we can all do some good for this precious country of ours. That's our mission. " "And in this mission," he continued, "our rivals won't be one another, and I would assert it won't even be the other party. It's going to be cynicism that we're fighting against. " I guess I missed the moment when President Obama hung his "Mission Accomplished" banner.
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By Peter Morici | September 3, 2014
Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report that the economy added 230,000 jobs in August. The pace has picked up a bit but is still far less than needed to reemploy all the prime aged workers displaced in the wake of the financial crisis. The jobless rate is down to 6.1 percent but that stat is deceptive. For example, one in six adult males between the ages of 25 and 54 is not working. Many don't show up in the unemployment count because they are not actively looking for a job. They spend their days cluttering park benches or watching ESPN because they are too discouraged to look for work or lack the incentive to make an effort.
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By Anthony Lewis | December 28, 1993
ANYONE who remembers when Americans instinctively trusted their government is by definition an antique.Today the general assumption is that our officials deceive us. President Clinton says that one of his striking impressions since coming to Washington has been the pervasive public cynicism about government.The change in American attitudes has had one major cause, I believe: secrecy. During the years of the Cold War, opposing a conspiratorial adversary, the United States for the first time developed an enormous permanent national security apparatus -- and a culture of secrecy to match.
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By George F. Will | February 6, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The infantile spectacle that the State of the Union address has become should carry a surgeon general's warning: ''This is harmful to the reputations of the president and the congressional audience, and can cause a spike of cynicism in the watching minority -- thank goodness it is that -- of the citizenry.''In the name of a report on the country's condition, a president notoriously unparsimonious with words delivers a laundry list of everything he can think of that government might do to nudge that condition toward perfection.
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By HAROLD JACKSON | May 25, 1996
I'M A CYNIC. It comes with the job. Reporters learn early on that trust is something you reserve for your mama and your dog, and even that's not every day. Our work is to reveal the truth. To do that well, we assume everyone is a potential liar and try to verify what they say before we print it. Reporters who don't verify are often embarrassed; many are unemployed.As my cynicism has deepened over the 21 years I have been in this business, I have noticed a parallel entrenchment of this attitude among the general population.
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By GREGORY KANE | March 19, 1997
Al "Blanco" Weiss of Glen Burnie had a point to make about the suspect in the Ennis Cosby slaying, and sent in his view via postcard."In the interest of racial harmony, justice and fair play, I think that a white L.A. jury should find the white Russian killer of Ennis Cosby not guilty. O.J. would then be vindicated. Have a good day."Do I detect a bit of cynicism in your remarks, Blanco me boy? A touch of sarcasm, perhaps? You certainly didn't intend this to be a measured, reasoned, logical response to that ever-touchy subject of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial, did you?
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By MADELINE LANDAU | November 11, 1992
Berkeley, California.--Gov. Bill Clinton should not discount the effects that cynicism in the electorate will have on his mandate to govern. For without a change in the prevailing ''anti-government'' climate, electoral victories will be undermined by ever-mounting support for negative measures (such as spending caps and term limits) that further restrict public authority.An understanding of this seemed to be behind Mr. Clinton's campaign theme of a ''new covenant'' between citizen and government.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 16, 2003
John W. Trinkaus is a professor of management as well as a Santa researcher. So when he makes a list, he checks it twice. In all three Santa Claus lines he surveyed this season - two in malls on Long Island and one in a New York City department store - more than 90 percent of the children were not smiling. On his six-emotion scale, he rated them "indifferent" or "hesitant." "They were poker-faced," he said. "It was, `OK, you want me to do this, I'll do this.'" He rated 1 percent of the children "terrified."
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By Gregory Rodriguez | June 9, 2014
Newspapers are in trouble. Not just because of the Internet and advertising and subscriptions. But because, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, only 28 percent of Americans think that journalists contribute a lot to society's well being. That's pretty bad considering that journalists like to think of themselves as guardians of democracy. In other business enterprises, such public disdain would be a cause for alarm. But newspapers are different. Criticize journalistic professionalism, and you're likely to hear a thing or two about the importance of the First Amendment, or my favorite catch-all self-justification: If people are unhappy with us, "we must be doing something right!"
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Ralph Steadman says he likes the Ralph Steadman of "For No Good Reason. " And that, perhaps, is a problem. "I think it makes me too nice - too pleasant, yes," says the 78-year-old British cartoonist whose manic style long served as the perfect complement for Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo ravings. "I think I should be a little grumpier. I should say something like Scrooge - you know, 'Bah, humbug!'" A delighted chuckle follows, leaving it an open question whether the subject of director Charlie Paul's 15-years-in-the-making documentary, which opens today, really means what he says.
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Susan Reimer | April 9, 2014
Sometime this week, women will have earned the same amount earned by a man during 2013 doing the same job. It takes us more than 15 months to earn what he earns in 12. That's why we celebrate Equal Pay Day each year in April, although "celebrate" is probably the wrong word. In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data was available, women earned about 62 percent of what men earned doing the same job. The gap has narrowed to about 82 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but there has been essentially no improvement in a decade.
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By Robert B. Reich | October 9, 2013
An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he's giving up. "I can't stomach what's going on in Washington anymore," he says. "The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life. " My friend is falling into exactly the trap that the extreme right wants all of us to fall into -- such disgust and cynicism that we all give up on politics. Then they're free to take over everything. Republicans blame the shutdown of Washington and possible default on the nation's debt on the president's "unwillingness to negotiate" over the Affordable Care Act. But that law has already been negotiated.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 28, 2013
"My rival in this race," Barack Obama announced early in 2007, "is not other candidates. It's cynicism. " Sadly, it's now evident cynicism won. In a much-hyped speech at Knox College on Wednesday, President Obama sought to pivot back to the economy -- as the journalistic cliché goes -- and shape the issue environment for the 2014 congressional elections. Because of an "endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals," the president said, "Washington's taken its eye off the ball.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial regarding violence in Baltimore and the need for a cultural change ("How to end the killing," June 9), was good and right on target. We are the culture, and with God's help, we can change the culture, ending the silence and cynicism. We must. George Fisher
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | May 28, 1999
When Sen. John McCain graduated from the Naval Academy four decades ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed his commencement. Graduates of the Johns Hopkins University heard a would-be president yesterday as McCain, a candidate for the Republican nomination, used the occasion to outline a domestic political agenda.The Republican from Arizona admitted after his talk that he remembers nothing of what Eisenhower said, but was impressed by his presence in the way he finds few are impressed by politicians these days.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
- Four years after he rode into the White House on a message of change, President Barack Obama is set to begin his second term Monday amid lowered expectations and a sense that his re-election has done little to alter the nation's fractured political landscape. Despite talk about a major overhaul of immigration policy and a comprehensive plan to deal with gun violence, the Obama administration will immediately shift from the celebratory mood of the inaugural to another bitter, pressing fight with congressional Republicans over spending, taxes and budget deficits.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
With President Barack Obama holding his ground on tax increases for the wealthy, congressional Republicans appear intent to make a tactical retreat from the fiscal cliff to an issue where they believe they have more leverage: the nation's debt ceiling. It's the same trick they pulled to disastrous effect in 2011, and they try it again at their - and the nation's - peril. As we lurch toward the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that go into effect on Jan. 1, it's worth a brief recap of how we got here.
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