Tag Archives: Social Security

And They Are Stupid

There are legends. There is H. L. Hunt – the legendary Texas oilman who parlayed the winnings from a poker game in New Orleans into an oil empire. When he died in Dallas in 1974, at the age of eight-five, … Continue reading

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Republican Orthodoxy

When a political party has been out of power for eight years it’s probably a good idea for those folks to figure out why that happened, and fix the problem. And it’s not a good idea to say that the … Continue reading

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The Beat Goes On

It’s probably best to forget 1967 – but maybe you had to be there. That was the year that Sonny and Cher were singing The Beat Goes On – one of the most irritating pop songs of all time. It … Continue reading

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Dealing With Those Who Are Ruining America

The cri de coeur of the Tea Party crowd has always been that they want their country back, although they’d refuse to use that French term – but it was a cry from the heart nonetheless, sometimes expressed with a sob, … Continue reading

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Not Messing Around in the Middle

Unlike the subtle French or the excessively polite British, or the quiet and amiable Canadians, or the inscrutable Chinese, Americans are known for cutting through the crap and saying exactly what they mean, no matter who’s offended. The truth is … Continue reading

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Our Own War

Forget the current Crimean crisis. It’s Wednesday evening, March 5, 2014, here on the West Coast, ten or so time zones away from Kiev, five days into this, and Russian tanks are not rolling into the Ukraine to take back … Continue reading

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In Praise of Giving Up

Optimism and hope are what keep us all going, but there is much to be said for depression and despair. Hoping for the best is often a sucker’s game – more often than not things are just as bad as … Continue reading

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