Category Archives: Republican Alternative to Obamacare

A Fine Failure

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Donald Trump was what America needed. He could get things done, whatever they were. No one quite knew. He’s been all over the map on public policy for decades – at one time even a … Continue reading

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Slightly Modified Promises

“Of course I’ll respect you in the morning.” Don’t make promises you can’t keep. There’s a reason the divorce rate is so high in America, and spectacularly higher in the Bible Belt – where extravagant promises of faithfulness, and faith, … Continue reading

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The Expected Perfect Storm

The second Monday in March was full of dire warnings. The National Weather Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) branch of the Department of Commerce – a science-based service not yet eliminated by the new Trump … Continue reading

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The Republican Experiment

Sometimes the unimaginable happens. Back in the sixties, when it was long hair and talking about the revolution and about not trusting anyone over thirty, the Beatles released that ditty about finally turning sixty-four – and it didn’t seem to be ironic … Continue reading

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Call Both of Them

A long time ago, in 1968, Lyndon Johnson remembered a story: I have been told of how Herbert Hoover, shortly after leaving the Presidency, was walking down a street with his Secretary of the Treasury, the very businesslike and tough-minded … Continue reading

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Kafka Comes to America

All of us are a bit something else. America is like that, and the folks at Ancestry will test your DNA for you. You might find out you’re thirty-four percent Native-American. They buy a lot of thirty-second spots on most … Continue reading

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That Curious Existential Despair and Dread

One of the most depressing scenes in Groundhog Day – the best comedy exploring existential despair and dread that Hollywood ever produced, or maybe the only comedy exploring existential despair and dread Hollywood ever produced – is the Jeopardy game. … Continue reading

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