Category Archives: Republican Obstructionism

Civil Society and Trust

What holds relationships together, and families together, and sports teams together, and rock bands and labor unions and quail-hunting clubs together, and nations together, is trust. Each party trusts that the other party isn’t going to do something really stupid … Continue reading

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Republican Basketball

Graduate school isn’t like the years of college that preceded it – graduate students don’t mix with undergraduates, who are still into that “college experience” thing. They party. They go to the football and basketball games, and have their sororities … Continue reading

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Considering Norquist’s Bathtub

It’s not like no one noticed. After the recent sixteen-day government shutdown, when we also came close to choosing to refuse to let the administrative branch pay the bills that the legislative branch had rung up over all the years, … Continue reading

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Suggestive of Nothing

Obamacare is coming. The healthcare exchanges will be open for business as October begins – except in a number of Republican states where they’ll find some way to not provide one. That’s okay, because where a state won’t set one … Continue reading

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Fat Old Men Chasing Ghosts

It’s just not funny anymore. Sometimes that’s hard to accept, and that’s certainly the case here in Hollywood, where the whole point is to make a lot of money – but Airplane II was not as funny as wildly successful … Continue reading

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When the Abstract Becomes Specific

Congress is about to begin its six-week August recess. Yeah, yeah – August has only four weeks, but they won’t be back until mid-September. These things take time, as this is when members of congress go home and listen to … Continue reading

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Stating the Hidden Obvious

One of the advantages of having done one’s graduate work in early eighteenth century British literature – and there are few – is that you remember some pretty nifty lines. Alexander Pope, a small disagreeable man, and a hunchback, came … Continue reading

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