Tag Archives: Republican Obstructionism

Impossible Expectations

Billy Joel had a big hit in 1974 with Piano Man – a bit of a narrative about a cocktail-lounge piano player fielding requests for the old standards from desperate defeated dreamers, feeding them what musical hope he can, which … Continue reading

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Sifting Through the Rubble

The midterm elections are over, except for a few races here and there where a very few trailing votes will have to settle things, but the Republicans retook the Senate and increased their majority in the House, to a level … 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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Representing No One in Particular

This should have been an unsatisfying Thanksgiving. Awful weather doesn’t help, and for almost everyone, the economy still stinks – an undercurrent of vague worry, or barely-suppressed panic, doesn’t help matters, nor does all the fussing and fighting in Washington, … Continue reading

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The End of the World Again

The parents never got it, but somewhere in the early seventies, career norms changed. No young man would ever again, like his father, spend his life doing one thing, at one place, rising through the ranks, and then retiring with … Continue reading

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Republican Basketball

Graduate school isn’t like the years of college that preceded it – graduate students don’t mix with undergraduates, who are still into that “college experience” thing. They party. They go to the football and basketball games, and have their sororities … Continue reading

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Considering Norquist’s Bathtub

It’s not like no one noticed. After the recent sixteen-day government shutdown, when we also came close to choosing to refuse to let the administrative branch pay the bills that the legislative branch had rung up over all the years, … Continue reading

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