Tag Archives: Deficit Reduction

The Master Politicians at Work

You may agree with Chris Christie, the rotund (or substantial, if you wish) governor of New Jersey, that teachers are the new Welfare Queens, living high off their fat salaries, with their big pensions, for what is not real work, … Continue reading

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Driven to Distraction

Ah, driving down Sunset Boulevard on a hazy Friday July afternoon, running errands, checking out the usual visual oddities – this is LA, after all – and listening to the serious end-of-the week talk shows on the radio – you … Continue reading

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When Less Is Less

Much of Manhattan looks the way it looks today because of one man – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He was the architect who gave us the looming minimalist buildings clad in seamless glass window-walls, usually black. It seemed to … Continue reading

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The Confidence Game

You have to have the right attitude – that’s the only thing that matters. At least that’s what the conservative friend said a few years ago, as we were working on that third bottle of Tuscan red. Or maybe he … Continue reading

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Fireworks at the Far End of America

This Fourth of July evening was pretty cool in Hollywood. From way up here at the foot of the Hollywood Hills you can look out the window and see the fireworks displays in the distance, down in the flats. And … Continue reading

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When a Tradition Should Fragment

Over time traditions fragment – probably because over time the ways we receive information mutate and expand. Gutenberg figures how to print books – so that many identical copies, relatively inexpensive, can be distributed far and wide – and everyone … Continue reading

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Leaving Ireland

Irish writers don’t stay in Ireland. Oscar Wilde left home and wrote in London – where he was the toast of the town – and after the scandal with the Marquis of Queensbury’s son and his imprisonment, moved to Paris … Continue reading

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