Master of mixed messages

by Ellen Ratner -- I finally lost count of the number of times President Bush used the phrase "mixed messages" in last week's first presidential debate. He used it three times in more…

Reality check

by Ellen Ratner -- As I listen to President Bush's campaign stump speech, I can't help but think he, not Ronald Reagan, is the actor. The president is as slow on his more…

Big business politics

by Ellen Ratner -- After spending this past week at the Republican National Convention, I am convinced more than ever that the Republican Party is run like a big business. They treat more…

The green, green grass of a police state

by Ellen Ratner -- I celebrated another birthday this past Saturday. Without giving away my age, let's just say that I came of age during the turbulent 1970s. It was a time more…

Nobody left to speak

by Ellen Ratner -- I have penned a slight variation on Martin Niemoller's haunting quote: When they sold out the steel workers, I did not say anything because I was not a more…

Strong leadership or hot air?

by Ellen Ratner -- It's easy to tell how popular a TV program is by the advertisers it attracts. Take the Super Bowl, for example – advertisers pay a million dollars a more…

Baby boomers: Wake up!

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush finally revealed his true "vision" for the American worker last week at a Bush-Cheney '04 rally. He said American workers used to work for one company more…

'Extreme makeover'

by Ellen Ratner -- The Republican Party characterized the Democratic National Convention as an "extreme makeover" of the Democratic Party. It is a catchy sound bite and elicits a smirk in the more…

Campaign tipping points

by Ellen Ratner -- I write this column from Boston, home of the Democratic National Convention 2004. It's the third week of July and the presidential race is in a statistical dead more…