“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.”
Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Britain addressing the national Union of Townswomen’s Guilds Conference, 1965
WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2013
World: So North Korea, can we be done now?
The latest Pentagon intelligence concludes with “moderate confidence,” that North Korea may have the ability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to fit on a missile, but that does not mean that North Korea’s missiles are accurate or capable of hitting far-off targets like the United States. As Kim Jong Un continues to spout rhetoric, analysts are convinced that this show of force will die out as soon as the young leader is convinced he’s made an impression.
Politics: We might pass a piece of gun legislation after all.
In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, the Senate has cleared the way for a debate on the first piece of major gun-control legislation to be considered in that chamber in two decades. Among others, the bill would expand background checks for gun buyers and increase the penalties for criminal sales. The provisions also include a renewal of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. The debate is sure to be a hot one with fierce arguments on both sides; stay tuned for the outcome.
Business: The budget plan: open for debate.
Rife with controversy, President Obama laid out his budget plan as a vision for tomorrow’s economy, centered on manufacturing, education, alternative energy, infrastructure and science. The President’s $3.77 trillion budget projects a $744 billion deficit for the 2014 fiscal year (beginning October 1) and promises to cut the deficit by about $1.8 trillion over ten years. In question is compromise from both parties, with the end goal of reducing the deficit in a balanced way. Will the House and the Senate be able to reconcile their differences over spending cuts and taxes? We shall see.
Health: The bird flu is back.
Chinese and World Health Organization officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of the avian influenza which, so far, has sickened 24 people and led to 7 deaths. The good news? Scientists have yet to discover any human-to-human transmissions in this strain of the illness. China has said they are confident they will be able to contain the disease. We sure hope so.
Women’s Affairs: And a thank you to Margaret Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, died Monday at the age of 87. Aptly named the “Iron Lady” of British politics, Thatcher helped steer her country through the Cold War’s difficult last years. Blazing a trail for women in politics, she was the first to lead a major Western power in modern times. Holding office for eleven years, her tenure was longer than any other British politician in the 20th century. She was a controversial politician, a conservative icon and one of the 20th century’s most transformative figures. A champion of women, she noted of herself, “I’ve got a women’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.” So thank you, Margaret Thatcher, for forging a path toward the many opportunities women have today.