Archive for the 'One Wondrous Sentence' Category

One Wondrous Sentence: Fossil fuel subsidies

December 7, 2012

This one wondrous sentence, relaying information from a recent International Energy Agency report, shows just how much various governments subsidize fossil fuels — and consequently hints at how difficult it could be to stop using them.

In 2011, such subsidies amounted to $523 billion globally, says the IEA, up almost 30% from 2010 and six times greater than subsidies for renewable energy.

Source: Michael Klare, “World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly,” TomDispatch.com, Nov. 27, 2012.

One Wondrous Sentence: Obama and Israel

December 6, 2012

This one wondrous sentence pops a hole in the overblown conservative theory that Barack Obama and his administration is nearly as opposed — or nearly as dangerous — to Israel as that nation’s sworn enemies.

Despite misgivings in Washington, the Obama administration got Congress to provide $205 million for Iron Dome in 2010, a financial boost that saved the project.

Source: Ernesto Londoño, “For Israel, Iron Dome missile defense system represents breakthrough,” The Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2012. (Link is to story’s second page.)

One Wondrous Sentence: Republicans and taxes

December 5, 2012

This one wondrous sentence, quoting influential right-wing author and activist Brent Bozell, speaks volumes about the pressure on Republican lawmakers not to compromise with President Obama on his desire to raise tax rates for wealthy Americans as the nation approaches the so-called fiscal cliff.

“I will make it my mission to ensure that every conservative donor to the Republican Party that I have worked with for the last three decades—and there are many and they have given tens of millions to Republican causes—gives not one penny more to the Republican Party or any member of Congress that votes for tax increases.”

Source: John Fund, “Conservatives vs. the GOP,” National Review Online, Nov. 30, 2012.

One Wondrous Sentence: Fiscal cliff deal-breakers

December 4, 2012

This one wondrous sentence about a talk between influential anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) illustrates just why it will — probably — be extremely difficult for Democrats and Republicans to agree upon a deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff and reduces national debt.

In an earlier private telephone chat, Norquist said, Graham had assured him that he would compromise on taxes only if Democrats agreed to entitlement changes “on a massive scale” — prompting Norquist to tell Graham that he would “never be tempted” to raise taxes because the left would never make such a concession.

Source: Peter Wallsten, “Norquist still calling cadence in GOP ranks,” The Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2012. (Link is to story’s second page.)

One Wondrous Sentence: Mitt Romney

December 3, 2012

This one wondrous sentence from a feature story on how Mitt Romney is adjusting to life after his unsuccessful presidential campaign captures precisely why so many people, this individual included, considered Romney to be an empty suit:

The son of Detroit — who boasted of the Cadillacs he owned as a sign of support for the U.S. auto industry during the campaign — was spotted driving a new black Audi Q7, a luxury sport-utility vehicle manufactured in Slovakia.

Source: Philip Rucker, “A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid,” The Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2012. (Link is for story’s second page.)

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