Tag Archives: Government Shutdown

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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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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Appropriate Despair

Medea gets pretty ticked off at Jason and murders her two children by him, but then the gods descend and carry her off, which is a bit ambiguous, but that’s still one hell of a tragedy. Oedipus kills his father … Continue reading

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Inadequate Risk Assessment

Teenagers ought to be great drivers. They’re young and have great reflexes – those only go downhill after the teen years – so if something unfortunate happens, quickly and unexpectedly, they should be able to swerve out of the way … Continue reading

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