Commitment, Compromise, Consensus and Congress


The 2008 Commitment: Taxes will go up on those making over $250,000. The 2010 Compromise: Nobody's taxes will go up, and we'll throw in some more tax breaks that will add a couple of bucks to your paycheck. The Consensus? Um. No. A real consensus, achieved through civil dialogue, would have required agreement from Democrats… Continue reading Commitment, Compromise, Consensus and Congress

When the victors take all the spoils, they spoil it all for the rest of us


The drawbridge is down. The gate is up. The guards have fled to protect their own. Even those of incredible conviction, who have climbed the tower steps to defend the walled town, find the doors to the parapets obstructed by red-coated confederates in league with the invading horde. Inside the city walls, the citizenry is… Continue reading When the victors take all the spoils, they spoil it all for the rest of us

This time, it really is Daddy Warbucks’ war


"I love money, I love power, I love capitalism." - "Daddy Warbucks," from the Broadway musical, Annie (1982) It's not hyperbole, or the overused metaphor of the battle for electoral victory. It's a war for political power - a war fought with ammunition of bucks rather than bullets. Ho hum, you say? A tiresome analogy?… Continue reading This time, it really is Daddy Warbucks’ war

Too big to fail: feudalism, socialism and other demons of capitalism


(From my examiner.com column)There is a lot of talk these days about how the $700 billion bank bailout that passed in 2008 was a step toward socialism, that we were effectively nationalizing the banks. The "big bad" government would own our savings and our mortgages. In fact, at the end of last year, according to… Continue reading Too big to fail: feudalism, socialism and other demons of capitalism