Category Archives: Government Shutdown

Eventual Equilibrium

At the moment there’s a storm rolling into Southern California – heavy rain in the forecast, and high winds and possible small tornadoes – a rare event. But the word is that this massive storm will arrive at midnight and … Continue reading

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Available Remedies

Andrew Johnson was an accidental president – Abraham Lincoln had been shot dead and, as vice president, Johnson was simply next in line. No one could fill Lincoln’s shoes, however, and Johnson could be rolled. This sums it up – … Continue reading

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Disaster Deferred

Things looked dark on Tuesday. We were going into default and the government shutdown would last forever, or at least until Obama caved and gave up on Obamacare, or on all entitlement spending, or abolished the EPA and the IRS, … Continue reading

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Hope Dies

As usual, the high-powered Wall Street attorney called in late afternoon – early evening back there. Everyone should have a good friend who knows all there is to know about Wall Street and the arcane ins-and-outs of securities law too, … Continue reading

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Negotiating the Terms of Surrender

It’s quite possible to screw up winning it all. The Treaty of Versailles proved that. The First World War was over. Britain and France, with our considerable help, had won it all, and Germany had lost it all. All that … Continue reading

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Two Failed Coups

What follows below is provisional. Circumstances may change. They usually do, but something is up. Things are being settled. Commitments are being made. Except things aren’t quite settled and the commitments seem to be provisional – but then that describes … Continue reading

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Inventing Victory

They don’t make Republicans like they used to. Imagine a Vermont farmer who finds himself on the local school board and then moves up, eventually finding himself in the state legislature, and then somehow becomes the governor, and then becomes … Continue reading

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