Tag Archives: Cutting Social Security

The Deconstruction Begins

Donald Trump did change things. Now everything moves too fast. What happened recently seems like years ago – Charlottesville and Trump’s angry and defiant defense of the “fine people” who marched alongside the torch-bearing white nationalists, shouting about how Jews … Continue reading

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Republican Orthodoxy

When a political party has been out of power for eight years it’s probably a good idea for those folks to figure out why that happened, and fix the problem. And it’s not a good idea to say that the … Continue reading

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Everything Should Be Grand

There are great moral questions in life, and deep philosophic questions, and questions of identity and one’s life’s work, and questions on how to manage all sorts of interpersonal relationships – but everyone likes a good bargain. No one wants … Continue reading

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The Dead Week

You didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas. No one really ever does. Little girls don’t get that pony, or at least most little girls don’t. Little boys don’t get that semi-automatic assault rifle with a case full of thirty-round … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

After a life well-lived retirement can be mighty fine. After a curious life filled with strangeness and the unexpected, enjoyed and endured and savored and bitter far too many times, it’s just curious. It also seems flat, even here in … Continue reading

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Confused and Ashamed and Desperate

It’ll happen again this year – it always does. Retailers make big money off those last-minute Christmas shoppers. Those are the folks who’ll pay top dollar, or more, on Christmas Eve, even for something that’s only close enough to the … Continue reading

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

No one misses the days of the classic dreary and depressing British films – the black and white social-realism kitchen-sink tales of working-class lost souls, trapped in a world where they had no chance to escape any of the dreariness, … Continue reading

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