Category Archives: Broken Government

In the Dismal Swamp

In Nathaniel West’s 1933 novel Miss Lonelyhearts – yes, a bit obscure – in the chapter “Miss Lonelyhearts in the Dismal Swamp” – that’s meant somewhat ironically – there’s this passage: He sat in the window thinking. Man has a … Continue reading

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The End of the Line

Something went wrong a long time ago, if a long time ago is 2007, when John Dean was talking about broken government: In almost four decades of involvement in national politics, much of them as a card-carrying Republican, I was … Continue reading

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Sinking in the Deep State

Everyone knows the government is broken. The very day that Obama was first elected, back in 2008, key House and Senate Republicans met privately and agreed that their party would oppose anything Obama proposed, and stop it if they could, … Continue reading

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Eventually Seeing the Problem

Everyone says it, and has said it since the 2010 midterm elections, when the Tea Party crowd wrested control of the House from the John Boehner Republicans – the government has ground to a halt. Nothing gets done. There’s the … Continue reading

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Winners and Losers

December somehow arrived again, opening with ice and snow from El Paso to Detroit, with heavy rain around the edges, and dispirited Christmas shoppers. It hasn’t been a good year, and soon it will be time for the inevitable lists … Continue reading

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When the Music Stops

Retirement’s fine, particularly if, when the music stops, you find yourself in Hollywood. That was pure chance, but there’s much to be said for palm trees and sunshine and silliness, and it’s a short drive down to Venice Beach and … Continue reading

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Trailing Indicators

The country moved on. It used to be fine to attack those icky gay folks, and now it’s not. Attacking the useless poor, who are poor only because they have no sense of personal responsibility, used to be fine – … Continue reading

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