Tag Archives: Tea Party

All Politics All the Time — 13 May 2013

There are two disconcerting threads that connect the two hot stories in the news this week, the renewed (I would say, disgracefully belated) interest in the Benghazi terrorist attacks of last September 11, and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups … Continue reading

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Why Higher Tax Rates are the Wrong Way To Go — 10 December 2012

It seems at times that these arguments over the impending fiscal cliff are little more than stubborn little boys in a wrestling match, each trying to get the other to cry “uncle.” President Obama makes it sound as though a … Continue reading

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Following Greece Down the Road to Perdition — 21 May 2012

As the saying goes, if you owe your bank $10,000, he has you over a barrel; if you owe him $10,000,000, you have him over a barrel. Add several zeroes, and that is apparently the gamble that Alex Tsipras, head … Continue reading

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“What Do We Want?” “I Don’t Know!” “When Do We Want It?” “NOW!” — 10 Oct 2011

“People before profits!” “End corporate greed!” “We are the 99%!” “Jail Bank Parasites! 90% Tax on the Rich!” Thus spake the signs of the Occupy Wall Street/Washington/Chicago/LA, Portland demonstrators.  There has been much hubbub about this set of demonstrations – … Continue reading

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Defying Gravity — 3 October 2011

It has become commonly accepted that our government has become dysfunctional.  Spending bills, in particular, can’t seem to pass without brinksmanship, and 11th-hour deal-making on the cusp of default.  Standard & Poor’s cited it when they downgraded the US Government’s … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President, Happy Birthday To You — 8 August 2011

I really hope Sasha and Malia did something nice for their father for his birthday, because he got precious little sugar from the outside world.  In quick succession, he a) signed into law the debt ceiling extension that was a … Continue reading

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The Audacity of “Nope” — 1 August 2011

One of the key skills when playing a game of brinksmanship is to know where the brink lies.   As the Great Debt Ceiling Debate made its fitful way toward its inevitable conclusion this week, we heard a lot of … Continue reading

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