Fast and furious spending

by Ellen Ratner -- I'm beginning to wonder if this government of ours is trying to go broke. The New York Times reported on Sunday that we have spent over $4.5 billion more…

Field trip to Iraq

by Ellen Ratner -- I realize that many of you think I pontificate from an ivory tower and sip $5 cups of coffee in the morning and $50 bottles of wine at more…

After-school entertainment

by Ellen Ratner -- As anyone who reads this column knows, I'm not exactly a card-carrying member of the Moral Majority. In fact, to read my hate mail, one might think I'm more…

Menopausal dream

by Ellen Ratner -- I watched every minute of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. I loved it. Why? Because it is the story of my generation, the early more…

The president's vision for democracy

by Ellen Ratner -- It must be a sign of the "last days" that I agree on something substantial with the conservative talk-show host and former presidential candidate, Pat Buchanan. In a more…

Tom DeLay: Fox watching the henhouse

by Ellen Ratner -- The former pest exterminator, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, is going to have to be as tough as a Mississippi cockroach if he's going to survive more…

Spin sister goes global

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush appointed another one of his favorite women to the State Department. Karen Hughes has been winning hearts and minds over for George W. Bush since he more…

Where has she gone?

by Ellen Ratner -- I had a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty from the vantage point of my U.S. Airways shuttle seat from Washington, D.C., to New York City last more…

Ownership society

by Ellen Ratner -- The president likes to talk about an "ownership society." Mr. Bush has a bold ownership agenda. It spans the American economic landscape from retirements to tax code to more…

Better off with the lottery

by Ellen Ratner -- Our traveling-salesman president went on the road this week to do what he does best: sell a bill of goods to the American people. He learned how effective more…