Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ode to an Iowa wrestling match

Twas three days before New Year’s and all through the Web, the political pundits were bobbing their heads. The Iowa caucus just six days away and no one was certain which pol would hold sway.  There was Dr. Ron Paul, … Continue reading

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When capitalism goes haywire

As a kid, I used to pore over baseball statistics. These days, I’m increasingly finding myself obsessing over statistics about income inequality instead. I try to keep in mind that economics, at best, is a shaky science. And, as a … Continue reading

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This is no way to run a government

I’d like to have a talk with the 12 percent of Americans who still have a favorable view of the U.S. Congress. Unfortunately, I suspect most Americans split the difference, blaming both parties equally for the gridlock that may shut … Continue reading

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The president finds his voice

Barack Obama gave a brilliant speech in Kansas yesterday, one steeped in history and explicitly clear in its message. Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few … Continue reading

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Musings on contemporary American life

Love the cover of this week’s New Yorker.  It is titled “Black Friday” and shows a perplexed gray-haired gentleman looking at a saleswoman in what, we can see from the reverse-lettering on the window, is a “Bookstore.”  Only there aren’t … Continue reading

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