Tag Archives: Defending the Rich

Beyond the Annual Status Report

Something should be said about President Obama’s State of the Union address – that constitutionally mandated “occasional” report to Congress on how things are going, and on what the president thinks might be wise to do next about whatever has … Continue reading

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Joining the Framing War

It’s all in how you put it. Childlike and childish mean the same thing, but one is used for what is charming, a kind of innocence wistful adults miss, and the other is used for whining and pouting – and … Continue reading

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The Agony of Having It All

The Occupy Wall Street crowd, that introduced America to the concept of the One Percent who had it all, and want to keep it all, and use their vast wealth to make sure they keep it all, by buying the … Continue reading

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Change of Possession

This is where they go to commercial break – seemingly endless thirty-second spots for oil filters and Viagra and pizza deals. Yeah, the full moon is rising early in the evening of the last day of August and college football … Continue reading

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No Point in Discussing It

Easter is now over, another of those holidays where the extended family – folks who haven’t seem much of each other recently – gather in late afternoon around a large ham – no, not a flamboyant odd uncle in show … Continue reading

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The Limits of Nostalgia as a Political Philosophy

Sometimes it’s hard to separate conservatism from nostalgia, as conservative thought is so often wrapped up in talk of the good old days – when things were as they should be, as they had been worked out over the ages. … Continue reading

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A Time for Dreaming

The often insufferable Keith Olbermann calls the Tea Party folks the something-for-nothing crowd – and of course that’s shorthand for those who want no new taxes, and massive tax cuts as we’re taxed too much already, and the government to … Continue reading

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