Monthly Archives: January 2009

Act As If You’ve Won and You Have

Everyone knows the power of positive thinking – you imagine the best thing happening, you visualize it, you fill your mind with it so that it is not only real, it sort of has already happened. You make it so … Continue reading

Posted in Arguing with Conservatives, Michael Steele, Phil Gramm, Pretending You've Won, Reality and all that..., Republican Obstructionism, Republican Opposition to Stimulus Package, Republicans in the Wilderness | Leave a comment

What a Rush!

It is a strange world indeed. On Friday, January 30, there was this – “The Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its first African American chairman today in Washington, a decision that came after an excruciating series of ballots … Continue reading

Posted in Michael Steele, Republican Opposition to Stimulus Package, Republican Party Breaks Apart, Republican Power Vacuum, Republicans in the Wilderness, Republicans Regroup, Republicans Reject Obama Stimulus Plan, Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh Seizes Control of the GOP | Leave a comment

It Was Never Going To Be Easy

Of course Grand Rapids is famous for furniture manufacture – but that’s gone – and for Amway – the pyramid marketing company that sort of sells cosmetics and cleaning products, but like all such organizations is about something else entirely … Continue reading

Posted in Ending the War, Iraq, Obama and the Military, Odierno Pushes Back, We Cannot Leave Iraq Now | Leave a comment

A Style That Will Take Some Getting Used To and May Not Work

In case you didn’t know, the carefully controlled double-blind study is in, and facts are facts – Boys with Unpopular Names More Likely to Break Law. Don’t name your kid Ernest or Ivan, in spite of that masterful Wilde comedy … Continue reading

Posted in Cooperation as Weakness, Even-Handedness, House Vote on Stimulus Package, Obama Respecting Republicans, Obama the Pragmatist, Republican Obstructionism, Republican Opposition to Stimulus Package, Republicans Reject Cooperation, Republicans Reject Obama Stimulus Plan, Stimulus Plan | Leave a comment

What May be a Big Deal or Nothing Much

Yep, you need a winnowing fan – like in Luke 3:17 – to blow the chaff off the grain. You need to separate the wheat from chaff, to get rid of the useless for the useful. And the winnowing fan … Continue reading

Posted in Even-Handedness, Obama al-Arabiya Interview, Obama and Israel, Obama and the Arab World, Obama and the Palestinians, Trusting One News Source over Another | 1 Comment

Assessing What Really Did Change

It’s always about perspective. If you get too close to things you miss the big picture – say you start a war because you’re very angry, and you win quite a few battles, all of them, and you lock up … Continue reading

Posted in Obama the Pragmatist, Obama the Real Conservative, Objections to the Bailout, Perspective, Republican Obstructionism, Republican Opposition to Stimulus Package, The Conservative-Liberal Divide | Leave a comment

Avoidance Behavior

As the second week of the Obama presidency began, the right (the Republicans, the conservatives, the Loyal Opposition – whatever you wish to call them, but they would prefer that you did not call them the losers) – were tying … Continue reading

Posted in Government is the Problem, Government is the Solution and Not the Problem, Keynes Was Wrong - Stimulus Never Works, Opposing Good Government, Republican Obstructionism, Republican Opposition to Stimulus Package, Republicans Change the Subject, Stimulus Package | Leave a comment