Consistency is the …

December 12, 2017

Well, at least I am being consistent. Whether that's being a good thing or not I will leave to you to figure out.

David Brooks set me off on a rant a few days ago, and he's doing it again. I have to stop reading his columns. Last time it was about the rotting Republican [more…]

Republican Rot?

December 8, 2017

This is going to sound parochial to those of you not steeped in America's current internal conversation.

Poor David Brooks, his column in today's New York Times is entitled "The G.O.P. Is Rotting". He is correct. His column is a long lament about his sense of loss. The problem is that the thing[s] he thinks [more…]

Real Tax Reform?

December 6, 2017

OK, let's all calm down. The Republican tax plan is now in its last stages of design. The two versions that exist need to be stitched together and then the compromise version passed in both houses of Congress.

The law as we currently know it is a classic piece of plutocratic largesse. It will fail [more…]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

December 5, 2017

So the Senate passed its tax cut. It is amazing to see the way in which the media has embraced the idea that this is a reform of taxation. It isn't. It does have a number of small reform-like pieces, but those are mostly only in the legislation in order to mitigate its cost. They [more…]

Doomed to Repeat?

November 16, 2017

One of the great pleasures of living here in southern Vermont is that we have a terrific local bookshop. I go there simply to absorb that book shop vibe unattainable in the bits and bytes of Amazon. And like all good bookshops this one throws up surprises. About three weeks ago I was browsing the [more…]