Tag Archives: Do-Nothing Congress

No Other Choice

People only do what they have to do, which they really don’t want to do, when they have no other choice – as with that tedious college term paper long ago, or every college term paper long ago, and as … Continue reading

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Civil Society and Trust

What holds relationships together, and families together, and sports teams together, and rock bands and labor unions and quail-hunting clubs together, and nations together, is trust. Each party trusts that the other party isn’t going to do something really stupid … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Seriousness

Thai Town and Little Armenia are just a few miles east, on the other side of the tourist stuff on Hollywood Boulevard, and down the hill, the Ukrainian community blends into Kosher Canyon, a few blocks further south, the heart … Continue reading

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Pointless Enthusiasm

Too many years and too many miles change things. The raw new suburbs just north of downtown Pittsburgh in the fifties were the whole world when you’re just a kid, but after that sticky summer of 1965, it was off … Continue reading

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The Difficulties in Stating the Case

Blame Woodrow Wilson. Before his presidency that annual State of the Union thing wasn’t a formal speech delivered before a Joint Session of Congress – heck, it wasn’t even annual. It was more of an occasional internal memo, as required … Continue reading

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The Political Continuum

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” ~ Niels Bohr “The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.” ~ William Gibson “The future ain’t what it used to be.” ~ Yogi Berra “I have seen the future … Continue reading

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Moral Backfilling

The political world stops a few days before Christmas. The House called it a year, having blocked as much legislation as possible and having passed next to nothing at all, and went home. The Senate, which had actually passed both … Continue reading

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