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how many roads?…

A Last Push To Deregulate White House to Ease Many Rules The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January. The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory […]

the infostructure renewal corps…

A National Mobility Project By DAVID BROOKS Government spending is growing at an astounding pace. Congress and the president have thrown hundreds of billions into stimulus packages, domestic programs, military spending and other initiatives. Total federal spending is growing at a 13.8 percent annual rate. Has all this money done anything to actually stimulate private […]

what’s a fellow to do…

I feel like a cat on a hot tin roof waiting for this election to be over. I tried watching meaningless apocalyptic halloween movies on t.v. and reading up on Joseph McCarthy [below]. Tomorrow, a friend and I are bar-b-queing all day for a neighbor’s son’s eighteenth birthday. I’ve got a new cell phone with […]

that McCarthy thing…

Being a twelve year old boy wasn’t easy. I was living in a new house in a new neighborhood. And, we had a television set! There weren’t any stations in our town yet, but we could get Atlanta, 120 miles to the South. The reception varied between snowy and snowier, but it was definitely television. […]

more golden rule…

from friend Carl in response to the golden rule I just watched Rachel Maddow’s interview with Senator Obama from the day before yesterday and in the first part of the interview he was asked (essentially) why he was not maligning Republicans and Conservatives in the same way that “they” were maligning him. What he said […]

sound familiar?…

Usually, I quote only part of an article and link to the original. This one in the Atlantic Monthly seemed too important to fragment so I reprinted it in toto. It’s a review of Articles from the Atlantic during the Great Depression in the 1930′s put together by two of their Interns. I pass it […]

the ‘golden rule’…

Francis Fukuyama I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But […]

vision…

In modern business-ese, there are lots of terms people throw around in their business plans – terms like Vision and Mission. Sometimes, it’s baloney, words to fill a page. But sometimes, those words have meaning.  Watching the Obama 30 minute show tonight, I thought of those words. Barack Obama does have a Vision of where […]

hate radio…

Cunningham: ‘People are poor in America because they lack values, morals, and ethics.’ On his radio show yesterday, far right talker Bill Cunningham — who Sean Hannity considers a “great American” — claimed that people who are poor in America are not poor “because they lack money.” “They’re poor because they lack values, morals, and […]

the boys are playing with fire again…

Twilight Struggle by Eli Lake On Sunday, U.S. helicopters accompanied by a special forces team struck in Sukkariyeh, Syria, just over the border from Iraq. It was a raid with enormous implications for the war in Iraq and the broader war on terror. The target of the raid was a man named Badran Turki Hishan […]