Tag Archives: Immigration Reform

Consolidating Fear for Fun and Profit

All of political science is pretty simple. Conservatives want to keep things as they are, or as they were, or as they think they were, because even if things weren’t perfect, they were working well enough. Slavery and then Jim … Continue reading

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When Common Decency Isn’t Good Politics

Sometimes you just feel old, and sooner or later you figure out that this is because you really are old. Milestones sneak up on you, and it hardly seems possible that it was fifty years ago that Lyndon Johnson signed … Continue reading

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Snap Judgments

Snap judgments are usually wrong, which is why, when some big event happens, or anything unusual happens, politicians should hide. Some reporter is going to stick a camera in his or her face and ask him or her whether Cliven … Continue reading

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Between the Same Old Rock and the Same Old Hard Place

Okay, fine, there will be no immigration reform this year, or next, or maybe in a generation, comprehensive or in an accumulated series of nice little nonthreatening one-by-one baby steps. The Republicans will have none of it. The only problem … Continue reading

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That Curious Existential Despair and Dread

One of the most depressing scenes in Groundhog Day – the best comedy exploring existential despair and dread that Hollywood ever produced, or maybe the only comedy exploring existential despair and dread Hollywood ever produced – is the Jeopardy game. … Continue reading

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At the Lesser Cambridge

Cambridge, the one in England, is by all accounts a fine place – very pretty and very British, with its famous university that’s been there forever, perhaps the best in the world. The Cambridge in Massachusetts, across the river from … Continue reading

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Managing the Unmanageable

The transition from teaching bored and distracted late adolescents to managing proudly eccentric and inappropriately inventive programmers and systems analysts, with no social skills whatsoever, was fairly easy, even if it took a few years. It was pretty much the … Continue reading

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