Our take vs. their take
Watching the invasion of Bay Area refugees, The Sacramento Bee’s Erika D. Smith took stock of California’s housing crisis and the “San Franciscification of Sacramento.” “ ‘A 754-square-foot studio apartment for $2,020? Sure! That’s affordable!’ Said no one who already lives in Sacramento, ever.” It was only a matter of hours before The San Francisco Chronicle responded. “The Bay Area exodus is real,” wrote SF Gate’s Alix Martichoux. We’re glad they agree.
Jack Ohman unites the United Nations with Donald Trump. See how he did it here.
Erika D. Smith: Angry parents wanted to know why a kindergarten teacher allowed a student to share a book about a transgender child with her classmates – and they wanted the teacher to be punished for it. But the Rocklin school board didn’t budge. For that, transgender kids have the California Legislature to thank.
Hedrick Smith: Think corporate tax cuts will mean more jobs? Here’s how you’re being conned.
David Mas Masumoto: Hurricanes, wildfires, epic flooding. Why do we forget nature until natural disaster strikes?
James Cooper: America has a lot to lose by killing NAFTA. The United States needs an able and focused partner to stem the flow of drugs across the border and a consumer base to buy American goods and crops such as corn, beans and wheat.
Anthony Ambrose and Wendy Baxter: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is stressing a “more aggressive approach” for fire prevention, which translates to clear-cutting and essentially a pass for logging companies to move in. In California, the 2012 Giant Sequoia Management Plan, which supports proven fire prevention techniques, would be lost to private industry management.
On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.
Lexington Herald Leader: Kentuckians can be proud that Sen. Rand Paul continues to lead the lonely fight to get the U.S. Senate to revisit the 16-year-old war powers authorization — approved in the aftermath of 9/11 — that has been used by three presidents to wage war in seven countries, expending thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.
Orange County Register: As Americans observed the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. military action continued across the greater Mideast under the same old authorizations that lawmakers passed into law in 2001 and 2002. Far too much time has passed since those congressional authorizations for use of military force, or AUMFs. The world has changed. The battlefields have expanded. New enemies have arisen. It’s time to bring the AUMFs to an official end and vote on what to replace them with. Unfortunately, given that opportunity to begin that work, Congress declined.
Los Angeles Times: Good riddance to California’s mission projects. The assignment has been given to thousands of California schoolchildren over the years to construct models of the historic pre-statehood religious structures that were, in real life, built by Spanish missionaries using forced Native American sweat labor. If ever there was an educational reform that everyone should love, this is it. The reasons for disliking the mission models run the gamut.
Mercury News: Bernie Sanders talks big, but the record shows that in his 25 years in Congress he has failed to deliver on any of his ideological proposals. Expect the same from the independent Vermont senator’s ambitious Medicare for all plan. It’s impossible to take his single-payer plan seriously because it fails to address the single biggest issue: how to pay for it. As even our president now knows, it’s complicated. And of the 16 Democrats who have piled onto Sanders’ proposal, none so far has added a plan to fund it.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Protest for the sake of protest certainly helps angry people vent. But beyond that, it’s hard to decipher what are the specific goals of those occupying St. Louis’ streets and disrupting the city in response to Friday’s Jason Stockley verdict. There are indications that protest organizers don’t even agree among themselves about their mission. A clear articulation of purpose would establish a rallying point for everyone to get behind.
Kansas City Star: When protesters yell, “Whose streets? Our streets,” on behalf of immigrants, or in opposition to police brutality, it means that our cities — and in an even larger way, the public space of the public square — belong to all of us. But when St. Louis police in riot gear chant the same thing, it’s meant to menace, to exclude.
David Brooks: Most religions and moral systems have aimed for self-quieting, figuring that the great human problem is selfishness. But around the middle of the 20th century, came the self-esteem movement and humanistic psychology.
David Leonhardt: In July, when his party was trying to force a health bill with unprecedented haste, Sen. John McCain stood up for the idea of the Senate. The latest Trumpcare, known as Graham-Cassidy, risks the Senate’s credibility again. Passing it would violate every standard that McCain laid down.
Carl P. Leubsdorf: While success on their last-gasp Obamacare repeal would give Republicans a political triumph, it could produce the same sharp reduction in health care coverage for millions of Americans that Democrats and their allies in the health care industry have fought all year.
Dana Milbank: Ty Cobb, who is overseeing the White House response to the Russia probe, says that one White House lawyer was a “spy” for White House counsel Don McGahn and that McGahn has “a couple documents locked in a safe” related to the Russia inquiry.
Ruben Navarrette: Angry Dreamers called out Nancy Pelosi in her own backyard of San Francisco for meeting in private with President Donald Trump and reportedly working out a deal to protect them from deportation. They are worried she will sell them out in one of those back-room deals for which Washington is famous.
Kathleen Parker: While Manhattan’s already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting United Nations dignitaries, a quieter, less-theatrical group of thinkers and leaders was meeting to discuss strategies for a rising new political center.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: In a way, it makes sense that Sean Spicer sought redemption in a room full of actors. An actor, after all, must dedicate himself to a fiction, make himself believe the lie in order that he might sell it to you.
“Republicans needed a swift kick, and Trump gave it. Congressional Republicans can get moving or become irrelevant. Their choice.” – George Alger, Placerville