Tag Archives: Grand Bargain

Navigating the New Normal

Teenage boys and eccentric old men like science fiction. The rest of us have enough to deal with in the real world – we don’t have time for fanciful alternatives. What Gene Roddenberry dreamed up in his Star Trek franchise … Continue reading

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Everything Should Be Grand

There are great moral questions in life, and deep philosophic questions, and questions of identity and one’s life’s work, and questions on how to manage all sorts of interpersonal relationships – but everyone likes a good bargain. No one wants … Continue reading

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Trapped in Tactical Decisions

The first week of March begins with the Great Sequestration in place – massive automatic cuts in almost all government spending, but not strategic cuts. These are universal percentage cuts, reducing the amount spent on good stuff just as much … Continue reading

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Trustworthy Voices

The eighteenth century gave us lots of things – like Mozart and the steam engine and the guillotine – but it also gave us modern democracies. Monarchies would no longer do. Thanks to Rousseau and others, there was new talk of … Continue reading

Posted in Economic Confidence, Economic Fairness, Economic Recovery, Minimum Wage, Opinion Journalism, Thomas Friedman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments