Tag Archives: Repeal and Replace

Individualism Untempered By Common Decency

Donald Trump was inevitable. The repeal of Obamacare was inevitable. Six years ago, Neal Gabler explained that in America the Stony-Hearted: When the political history of the last thirty years is written, scholars will no doubt describe a rightward revolution that … Continue reading

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Stumbling Into Government

Donald Trump was going to be a disrupter. Just enough voters in just the right places decided they wanted a disrupter in Washington, and now the government is his. Well, not really – because his Republican House won’t do what … Continue reading

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Solving Imaginary Problems

Ah, to be a ten-year-old boy in the late fifties, when each September the folks in Detroit revealed, on one special night, on national television, the new models. Planned obsolescence was not only a brilliant business model – only pathetic … Continue reading

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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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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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