Category Archives: U.S. Politics

The Tea Party’s Old Line on Health Care

According to Bruce Bartlett in the NY Times, rational businessmen and politicians are backing away from the Tea Party.  Today’s Virginia state elections, which pit a Tea Party line up of Republican candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General … Continue reading

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And the next political disaster is…

The Affordable Care Act signup website.  You would think that the Health and  Human Services department would have realized that (1) the most immediate, direct, and widespread contact that Americans would initially have with Obamacare would be the process of … Continue reading

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It’s a New Day (again)

Day 4 of the Federal Shutdown — and the sky has not fallen, the earth has not stopped spinning.  In fact, it is a beautiful sunny day here in Washington DC, traffic is light, and except for the odd crazy … Continue reading

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Putin plays his hand well – but with what result?

President Vladimir Putin has skillfully taken advantage of the opening given, almost by accident, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, for Russia to frame the debate on what to do about the civil war raging in Syria. Russia’s strategic … Continue reading

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Pessimism, Refreshed

Readers of this blog know that I have been skeptical of the recent enthusiasm, buoyed by a few scattered bits of positive data, about the prospects that the developed nations have entered a vigorous recovery.  I can only guess that … Continue reading

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Lethargy? Endless Lethargy?

I am at the annual meeting of the American Sociology Association in New York City. Sociologists have been on a downhill slope ever since the Reagan administration undertook a covert war on social scientists.  As experts on social problems — … Continue reading

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Welcome to 1984 (30 years late, but we’re there now…)

A lone gunman, after long on-line exchanges with a radical Imam, becomes convinced that the US military has become the main enemy of Islam, enters a military base and, shouting “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) shoots everyone in sight, killing 13 … Continue reading

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Public Spending, Private Wealth

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”  — Matthew 19:24 “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” … Continue reading

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Is Terror back?

In the 12 years since 9/11, the United States has been consumed by fear of Islamist terrorism.   Underpants bombers, Guantanamo prison, torture, Bin Laden, drone attacks — the list of news stories and issues related to conflicts between radical anti-Western … Continue reading

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Told you so

The job figures out of Washington today were a mixed but mostly very sad story.  There were upward revisions in the January and February hiring numbers, and construction employment remained strong (houses being built on unfounded optimism of a major housing … Continue reading

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