Monthly Archives: May 2019

Those Simple Solutions

“Every complex problem has a solution which is simple, direct, plausible… and wrong.” And either Mark Twain or H. L. Mencken or Peter Drucker said that. Even attribution gets complicated – because simple solutions and easy answers are almost always … Continue reading

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Trusting the Truth

That was odd. For no reason at all Robert Mueller spoke, to say what he had to say he had already said in his report on Russian interference and all things Trump. And he had no more to say. And … Continue reading

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The Trump LaSalle

Everyone remembers how All the Family opened, with Edith and Archie singing: Boy the way Glen Miller played Songs that made the hit parade. Guys like us we had it made, Those were the days. And you knew who you … Continue reading

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Not That Singular

Donald Trump promised a presidency like no other. He was rich. He was so rich no one could buy him off, and he could finance his own campaign – he’d owe no one anything. And he hated Republicans as much … Continue reading

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Adding Insult

The man is difficult. Donald Trump has a different conception of charm than most everyone else. Maybe he’s Don Rickles – the man who showed that insulting someone to their face is damned funny, watch them squirm, and funny as … Continue reading

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Imperial Stable Genius

In 1973 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. wrote The Imperial Presidency arguing that the presidency was now uncontrollable and that it had exceeded the constitutional limits. The daily accountability of the president to the Congress, to the courts, to the press, and even … Continue reading

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On Strike Now

It’s an old idea. Aristophanes’ Lysistrata was a comedy about an odd mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities … Continue reading

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