Monica Potts

Monica Potts is an Arkansas-based writer, currently writing a book about the women of her rural hometown.

Recent Articles

Scott Brown, Super Star.

The Christian Science Monitor tells us that Scott Brown is signing is autographs with "41," but also that he's open to working with Democrats too. He has an independent record in Massachusetts," says campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstom. "He knows how to work with the other side. Brown says that he wants to serve on Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and the Appropriations Committee. He campaigned on ending business as usual in Washington. Asked how he plans to do it, he said: I've already changed business as usual, just by being the 41st senator," he says, on his out the door to catch his daughter Ayla’s basketball game. "Now every [Republican] senator is the 41st senator. It’s bringing greater transparency and accountability in government, just because I’m here. Who knows what on Earth that's supposed to mean. But we can either take a moment to bemoan the short memories of the American people -- who actually thinks that the short-lived Democratic supermajority...

Massachusetts Wasn't a Wake Up Call on Jobs.

Among the many memes to crop up after the Massachusetts victory of Republican Scott Brown -- the Cassandra-like calls that health care is doomed, the Democrats were too progressive, the Democrats were not progressive enough -- is that the special election was a wake-up call to focus on jobs instead of health care. From the Associated Press story: Wounded in Massachusetts, frustrated Democrats on Wednesday urged the White House to focus on jobs and the economy - not the health care overhaul that's now at risk - and pressed President Barack Obama to more forcefully make their case against Republicans ahead of potentially disastrous elections this fall. On the day after the improbable Senate election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Obama and his Democratic Party raced to re-evaluate their midterm election strategy, adjust their health care approach and assuage an angry electorate. The embarrassing defeat to the GOP in a Democratic stronghold was a bitter end to the president'...

Cindy McCain Against Prop 8.

Cindy McCain apparently supports marriage equality, posing for the group NOH8, which her daughter Meghan McCain has also supported. Mrs. McCain appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8" written on one cheek in a photo posted Wednesday to the Web site of NOH8, a gay rights group opposed to Proposition 8. The ballot measure passed by California voters in 2008 bans same-sex marriage. The McCains' daughter Meghan, who has been outspoken in her support for gay rights, has also endorsed NOH8. She appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8" on a cheek in a photo on her Twitter site. Cindy McCain contacted NOH8 and offered to pose for the photo endorsement, the Web site said. It would have been nice if they'd voiced support for marriage equality before Prop. 8 passed, but I suppose it's a welcome surprise nonetheless. And another Republican, Margaret Hoover , has recently voiced her support for marriage equality in the most unlikely of places, FoxNews.com. We...

Royal Caribbean's PR debacle.

One of the most surprising things about the Royal Caribbean cruise visit to Labadee is that company officials apparently spent a long time thinking about it, according to Advertising Age . 'This is a massive debacle and shows absolutely horrible judgment,' said a high-ranking PR executive at a global firm that has worked with travel and leisure companies in the past. 'Even if they are donating one million dollars, you can't have pictures of people sunbathing and cruising. Their judgment just boggles the mind. Royal Caribbean should have used the ship as a floating hospital or a temporary housing unit for those who lost homes.' Mr. (Paul) Gallagher said combining the commerce and humanitarian relief stories is a recipe for disaster. 'This happened way too soon,' Mr. Gallagher said. 'The marines are still coming in, and the relief effort is just getting its footing. If the ship came in with humanitarian efforts, that would have made such a strong statement. But to combine the commerce...

Haiti Should Just Stop Being Poor.

Jonah Golberg has a great idea for how best to help Haiti. So stop your measly text donations now and give Haiti some "tough love." Golberg doesn't spell out a tough love prescription, but it must have something to do with correcting the lack of work ethic he sees in Haiti's "poverty culture." Even if blame lies everywhere except among the victims themselves, it doesn’t change the fact that Haiti will never get out of grinding poverty until it abandons much of its culture. When Haitians leave Haiti for the U.S. they get richer almost overnight. This isn’t simply because wages are higher here or welfare payments more generous. Coming to America is a cultural leap of faith, physically and psychologically. Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz note in their phenomenal new book, From Poverty to Prosperity, that low-skilled Mexican laborers become 10 to 20 times more productive simply by crossing the border into the United States. William Lewis, former director of the McKinsey Global...

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