Tag 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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Deciding Which Game to Win

Many see politics as a grand game – a sport of sorts. Reporters handicap candidates – the word they actually use – and talk about who will win the Horse Race. And in campaigns, and particularity in debates, it’s all … Continue reading

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What Happens Next

It’s simple human nature to wonder what happens next, given what’s happening now, which is why there is science fiction, speculative fiction for an anxious public – but the flying saucers from the tacky black-and-white low-budget fifties movies never showed … Continue reading

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Out of the Shadows

America gets a three-month break. The Republicans caved – the government shutdown ended and we didn’t go into default. What we are left with is the Republican dual disagreement, on tactics and on the usefulness of experience – the dispute … 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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