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A Fine Failure

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Donald Trump was what America needed. He could get things done, whatever they were. No one quite knew. He’s been all over the map on public policy for decades – at one time even a … Continue reading

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Slightly Modified Promises

“Of course I’ll respect you in the morning.” Don’t make promises you can’t keep. There’s a reason the divorce rate is so high in America, and spectacularly higher in the Bible Belt – where extravagant promises of faithfulness, and faith, … Continue reading

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The Normalization of Buffoonery

A friend who recently visited Paris for the first time in forty years – he was just a kid back then – said he immediately felt relieved. He said it was the absence of buffoonery there. Perhaps it was the … Continue reading

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Call Both of Them

A long time ago, in 1968, Lyndon Johnson remembered a story: I have been told of how Herbert Hoover, shortly after leaving the Presidency, was walking down a street with his Secretary of the Treasury, the very businesslike and tough-minded … Continue reading

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No Second First Impressions

Al (Alan Stuart) Franken wasn’t always the thoughtful and persistently progressive Democratic senator from Minnesota. He won that seat in 2008, sort of – endless recounts delayed his assuming the seat until the following July. Republicans just couldn’t imagine a … Continue reading

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The Price of Price

Now everyone knows what happened. All the polling was wrong. Donald Trump won the election by skillfully riding a wave of economic and cultural backlash. Too many people felt left out of the recovering economy. The rich got their lost … Continue reading

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Knowingly Empowering Cruelty

The Republicans have regained the White House, but they’re still trying to figure out if Donald Trump is a Republican. Sure, he hates regulations and has a plan to cut taxes on the few wealthiest Americans to next to nothing, … Continue reading

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