Tag Archives: Fiscal Responsibility

Brooks Explains

The Republicans have a problem. If they make sure the wrong sort of people find it hard to ever vote in an election ever again, then they’ve got this in the bag – they’ll win back the Senate in the … Continue reading

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The Benghazi Calculation

All political thinking is conditional thinking, of the if-then sort – if this, then that. If an incumbent president inherits an economic mess, and can’t fix it in four years, then he won’t be reelected. The other guy will win, … Continue reading

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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

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 … Continue reading

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Guesses at What Might Be the Appropriate Symbolism

Most men dread Valentine’s Day – there’s no winning. Buy something extravagant for her and you risk being told you don’t care – you’re just spending a lot of money to cover up that you’re lousy at the personal and … Continue reading

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Political Amnesia and Olfactory Impairment

When most of your family are Palin-Beck Republicans, and hang on every word Sean Hannity says on Fox News, you learn to keep your mouth shut. Any talk of domestic, foreign, or economic policy is met with sneers, and you’ll … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Incorrigible Stupidity

Americans don’t much care for history – Henry Ford famously said it was bunk – and most kids merely endure their history classes that started in the seventh grade and never seemed to stop. And once released from the surly … Continue reading

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Guessing What Wins

Political junkies like to think about who will win the next election and why – who made the big gaffe, who looked good in the debates, who had the most to spend, and who masterfully managed the key structural elements … Continue reading

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