Desperate times require desperate solutions. Gene Washington once pointed out to me that Joe Thomas was so destructive in the late ’70s that Eddie DeBartolo was forced to turn control over to Bill Walsh. The 49ers are not quite so desperate now, but the outlook is not rosy, either. They haven’t had a winning season since John York impulsively and foolishly fired Steve Mariucci in 2002. The three coaches since — Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary — have all been disasters in different ways. Jed York has finally realized that the first goal has to be to get a strong general manager who knows the league.
Who is doing the most to hobble the productive power of the U.S. economy,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson or Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar?
President Barack Obama’s top cabinet appointees on environmental issues are running neck and neck in their race to see who can issue the most job-killing, growth-suffocating bureaucratic edicts. Regardless of who “wins” their contest, of course, the losers will be the rest of us.
On Dec. 16, the Food and Drug Administration made a decision that could cause thousands of breast cancer patients to lose their last hope. That day, officials voted to revoke approval for Avastin for the treatment of late-stage breast cancer.
The vehemence of the opposition to President Barack Obama’s overhaul of health care has spawned an assortment of strategies for killing it. The newest and most ambitious would create a health care compact among the states and use it to switch control of health care programs from the federal government to the states.