US press: pick of the papers
The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.
1. The rich get even richer (New York Times)
The only way to redress the income imbalance is by implementing policies that are oriented toward reversing the forces that caused it, says Steven Rattner.
2. Jeb Bush and Republican amnesia (Chicago Tribube)
When Bobby and Teddy Kennedy ran for president, they did everything they could to evoke memories of brother Jack. If Jeb were to run, he'd have to treat George W. like the crazy uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, writes Steve Chapman.
3. "Romneycare": GOP albatross or asset? (Politico)
Since he orchestrated and then signed the Massachusetts health care law, Romney is uniquely qualified to lead the GOP attacks against the federal health care reform bill, write Paul Goldman and Mark Rozell.
4. North Korea's dehumanizing treatment of its citizens is hiding in plain sight (Washington Post)
South Koreans, living in freedom, also fear a North Korean collapse -- not only for the potential financial cost but also because they sense how different their erstwhile countrymen have become, writes Fred Hiatt.
5. Health care on the line in Supreme Court case (San Francisco Chronicle)
This editorial says the questions are: Does Washington have the right to require citizens to have health insurance or pay a penalty, as Democrats assert? Or is this mandate an overreach, at odds with constitutional limits on governmental power, as Republicans claim?
6. The right's Etch a Sketch imperative (Washington Post)
Conservatives will need an exceptionally powerful Etch a Sketch to wipe the nation's memory clean of the education it received during the 2012 campaign's most enlightening week so far, writes E.J. Dionne Jr.
7. Lobbyists, guns and money (New York Times)
Florida's now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy -- and it is, writes Paul Krugman.
8. Afghan killing spree points to deeper problems (Chicago Tribune)
Congress needs to prod the Obama administration to put a limit on how much is demanded of the limited number of military men and women whose lives are being repeatedly disrupted, while the rest of us go about our normal business, writes Leonard Pitts Jr.
9. Is the Obama administration's energy policy credible? Yes (Denver Post)
The facts are clear. President Obama is invested in our long-term energy independence that will free us from the volatile global oil market and save consumers money at the pump, says Frederico Pena.
10. Evangelicals seek positive change (USA Today)
More evangelicals are breaking formation and tackling social problems such as poverty and human trafficking that weren't on the evangelical political agenda a decade or two ago, writes Tom Krattenmaker.