Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Savaging of Paul Ryan — 30 April 2012

This country could do much worse than to have more like Paul Ryan in Washington.  When the halls of Congress are prowled by such exemplars of impropriety as Anthony Wiener, Eric Massa, John Ensign and Christopher Lee, it is a … Continue reading

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Earth Day and its Discontents — April 23, 2012

There was a picture of the Earth drawn in chalk on the sidewalk.  The central square in the little Midwestern college town was rimmed with booths offering pamphlets and sign-up sheets.  A stage had been set up, on which some … Continue reading

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Of Taxes and Fairness — 16 April 2012

It’s not fair. This is Tax Day, so of course I’m feeling bitter.  For one thing, I have the dubious fortune of living in Illinois, a state known for its Democratic political machine, rampant corruption, and calamitous public finances.  Consider … Continue reading

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POTUS v. SCOTUS — 9 April 2012

President Obama has shown a much greater inclination than his predecessors to wade into matters before the Supreme Court.  He took the occasion of his 2010 State of the Union address to castigate the Court – seated in the front … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the Devil — 2 April 2012

Who knows what happened to Trayvon Martin?  There are a few sparse facts, which far-from-disinterested parties have filled in with conjectures that fit their own preferred story lines.  Here is a good summary of what is known and what is … Continue reading

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