Tag Archives: Republican Obstructionism

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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Representing No One in Particular

This should have been an unsatisfying Thanksgiving. Awful weather doesn’t help, and for almost everyone, the economy still stinks – an undercurrent of vague worry, or barely-suppressed panic, doesn’t help matters, nor does all the fussing and fighting in Washington, … Continue reading

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The End of the World Again

The parents never got it, but somewhere in the early seventies, career norms changed. No young man would ever again, like his father, spend his life doing one thing, at one place, rising through the ranks, and then retiring with … 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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Stating the Hidden Obvious

One of the advantages of having done one’s graduate work in early eighteenth century British literature – and there are few – is that you remember some pretty nifty lines. Alexander Pope, a small disagreeable man, and a hunchback, came … Continue reading

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Rebooting the Senate

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the conservative philosophy in a nutshell – things are working well enough, pretty much, and if you’re unhappy with that, learn to accept your unhappiness. Unhappiness is better than catastrophe. Attempts to … Continue reading

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