Tag Archives: Sequestration

When the Abstract Becomes Specific

Congress is about to begin its six-week August recess. Yeah, yeah – August has only four weeks, but they won’t be back until mid-September. These things take time, as this is when members of congress go home and listen to … Continue reading

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Waking Up and Moving On

Rising from a bed where I dreamt Of long rides past castles and hot coals The sun lies happily on my knees. I have suffered and survived the night Bathed in dark water like any blade of grass. That’s a … Continue reading

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The Dead Zone

It seems that politics is not endlessly fascinating – traffic here has dropped off quite a bit in the last several days, even if the nature of these posts hasn’t changed. That had to happen – it’s impossible to make … 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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Plastic People

Growing up in the raw new suburbs postwar of Pittsburgh – the last good years before the city started its slow collapse – was anything but surreal. It was all real enough – cars had big fins, Ed Sullivan was … Continue reading

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Reality Strikes Back

Americans don’t do history – it’s boring – so we rely on shorthand. Calvin Coolidge was known as Silent Cal, and may have once said that he was never hurt by anything he didn’t say. Few remember anything else about … Continue reading

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Our Homemade Horror Show

Everyone likes a good scare – it keeps Hollywood in business – but no one likes the real thing. Any Texas Chainsaw Massacre – they must be on the sixth or seventh movie in that franchise now – turns a … Continue reading

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