Author Archives: dcskeptic

The Establishment Was Wrong, Let’s Try the Last Alternative

To the people in Washington, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. In the last 3 years certain groups have been saying the wrong things about the recession and the possible solutions. All have made an attempt. Republicans in Congress … Continue reading

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We Will Never Have Tax Revenue Increases or Clean Debt Ceiling Increases Again

Republicans will just filibuster, and wait until the debt ceiling has to be increased, and then they’ll cut some more. And more, and more. As Mitch McConnell has said, they’ve found a way around legislating. There’s no going back.

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The Utter Stupidity of This Budget Deal

We can all count the ways: government spending is the only positive factor to the economy right now, the cuts aren’t targeted to the least effective subsidies, there are no tax revenues in the deal, etc. Worst of all, we’ll … Continue reading

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Amen, Brother. Comment of the Month

I really feel like we live in an alternate universe. The last Democratic President turns out to have been Carter. The idea that one Democratic President took apart Glass-Steagall and the other is about to take apart Social Security and … Continue reading

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Road Trip Finding #1

Learned from a Moab, UT waitress: On July 1st, the state of Utah implemented a ban on alcoholic drink specials. What happened to cutting red tape of onerous government regulations? Won’t be posting much until next week, FYI. And clearly

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I Really Can’t Help But Compare Bush and Obama on Osama

Excuse the terrible rhyme, I can’t help myself. Compare: In June 2009, Obama directed his CIA director to “provide me within 30 days a detailed operation plan for locating and bringing to justice” Osama Bin Laden. By August 2010 intelligence … Continue reading

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What is Eric Cantor Saying?

“We believe that it is an unsustainable, open-ended entitlement that could very well bankrupt this country and the states,” the House majority leader, Representative Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, said at a news conference on Tuesday. NYT So the states … Continue reading

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Methinks The Economist Has a Narrow Cultural Readership

“North Carolina barbecue at its best is as austere and perfect as a bowl of properly cooked Japanese rice.” The Economist, December 18th 2010 pg. 53 Sounds properly multicultural and delicious – I guess

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Going to Pat Ourselves on the Backs Just Once

Many Americans have suggested that more moderate Muslims should stand up to extremists, speak out for tolerance, and apologize for sins committed by their brethren. That’s reasonable advice, and as a moderate myself, I’m going to take it. (Throat clearing.) I … Continue reading

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Why Skepticism Should Be Practiced: Addressing A Recent Critique

Stanley Fish wrote an excellent article in a recent NYT on the limits of reason in fulfillment of man’s desire for spiritual significance. It is excellent because it is well-written and revealing, not that it is right. In the last … Continue reading

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