Tag Archives: Repeal and Replace

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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All-American Deal-Making

No one expected Donald Trump to be America’s president – not even Donald Trump, by all accounts. He was a real estate billionaire who got out of real estate and into branding – selling the right to use his name … Continue reading

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The Salesman Dies

“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want.” Willy Loman – the salesman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman – … 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 Expected Perfect Storm

The second Monday in March was full of dire warnings. The National Weather Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) branch of the Department of Commerce – a science-based service not yet eliminated by the new Trump … 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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The Republican Experiment

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 be ironic … Continue reading

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