Baseball is full of iconic sounds — the crack of the bat and pop of a mitt, and less than ideal ones, like that fat drunk next to you explaining how differently he would have managed the bullpen. And then there’s the radio and TV broadcasters who play a huge role in the average fan’s Read More
George W. Bush has been accused, in the words of his former anti-terrorism czar, of doing “a terrible job” of fighting terrorism-distracted by what Richard Clarke called a misadventure in Iraq and a feckless defense of the homeland. But Mr. Bush has done a fine task of fighting Mr. Clarke himself, the pistol-packing, media-savvy, double-breasted Read More
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill , by Ron Suskind. Simon and Schuster, 248 pages, $26.
This is how it began for Paul O’Neill: In November 2000, he was weeks away from retirement as chairman of Alcoa, the largest producer of aluminum in the Read More
The White House believes that massive deficits don’t matter.
The White House serves the narrow interests of the wealthiest few. The White House diligently heeds oil men and coal operators. The White House willfully ignores scientists and environmentalists. The President and his advisers care about politics rather than policy. The President and his advisers prefer Read More
The great question kicking around the pages of the financial press as it crawledtoward New Year’s 2003 wasthis:Will small investors finally emerge from their fetal crouches and return to the stock market? According to almost everyone who writes on the economy, if 2003 is another dud, it would mark the fourth down year in a Read More
There are many things that downtown Manhattan needs in the ongoing aftermath of 9/11. But 11 million square feet of new office space is not one of them. The six proposals submitted for public consumption err by requiring the rebuilding of all the office space lost in the destruction of the World Trade Center. This Read More
There’s a reason why the real world ought to be more like the world of sports, and here it is: Sports fans get the chance to boo their villains. Where else in America can you scream epithets at millionaires and not be hauled away as a threat to peace and prosperity? Where else are incompetents Read More
On Sept. 14, President George W. Bush finally came to Wall Street. The following Monday morning, so did Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, to preside over the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell.
The President rose to the occasion: Casually dressed but charged with adrenaline, he had one of those great Presidential moments as, megaphone in Read More
Suddenly, it’s as if all the talking heads and spouting
mouths have cottoned to the fact that the dollar is very strong-which it has
been for about seven years-and that this represents a clear and present danger
to the political economy of this great Republic. Most commentators seem to be
under the impression that the Read More
It’s the sweetest of July evenings, summer warmth touched
lightly with fall cool, and Jerome Avenue swarms with 55,000-plus fans filing
into Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of Subway Series Round 3. All the jerseys are
out: 51 for Bernie, 24 for Tino, 2 for Jeter. But even more than the others,
Paul O’Neill’s No. Read More