Category Archives: Republican Obstructionism

The Uses of Uselessness

Americans don’t expect much of politicians. Maybe they never did – there have been jokes about how useless they are from the start – but there was a time when things got done, for the good of the country. Somehow … Continue reading

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Dysfunction Junction Forever

Dysfunction Junction is that Seattle bluegrass band – not to be confused with Dysfunkshun Junkshun – the disco-funk party band down in Austin, in Texas, available for weddings and such. Coming up with a good name for your band is … Continue reading

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Sifting Through the Rubble

The midterm elections are over, except for a few races here and there where a very few trailing votes will have to settle things, but the Republicans retook the Senate and increased their majority in the House, to a level … Continue reading

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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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