Tag: Government shutdown

The Government nears a two year deal on spending, wait, I mean six weeks

The Government nears a two year deal on spending, wait, I mean six weeks
The snollygosters in Congress are preparing another last-minute spending bill, that kicks the can down the road for six weeks. What’s a snollygoster? It is one of those beautiful middle-English words that has fallen out of frequent use. The word describes a person who has intelligence but no principles. I suggest we bring the word... Read more »

The GOP takes the wraps off of racism and shuts down the Government

The GOP takes the wraps off of racism and shuts down the Government
Let’s be clear, the only reason the Government is shut down is racism and xenophobia. Donald Trump and his minions in the House and Senate have come out of the racist closet in full KKK robes. Chuck Schumer gave Donald Trump his wall and wanted DACA reform in return. Fox News seems to have overlooked... Read more »

Is Donald Trump, and the USA flirting with ethnic cleansing?

Is Donald Trump, and the USA flirting with ethnic cleansing?
In the 1990s, I was part of a team that lobbied against Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. Stopping ethnic cleansing, as well as USA recognition of the new Republics born from the collapse of communist Yugoslavia, were our goals. It took a long time to gain recognition and even a longer time to stop ethnic cleansing... Read more »
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We are on the (yawn) brink of another Government shutdown

We are on the (yawn) brink of another Government shutdown
Stockpile food, buy ammunition, lay in medical supplies, the Government may shut down, and we are heading to the Stone Age, right? Not so fast. Things are not as dire as they appear. What does not shut down? This morning, the Twitter-in-Chief went on a tweet-storm to strike fear into the hearts of his followers.... Read more »

As the government nears a shut-down, the Ebeneezer Scrooges in the GOP Congress rush to cut taxes for Billionaires

As the government nears a shut-down, the Ebeneezer Scrooges in the GOP Congress rush to cut taxes for Billionaires
If a nation ever needed three ghosts of Christmas from Charles Dickens’ classic story to visit, it is the USA. The GOP has shown us their priorities. What is more important to the GOP, a functioning government as they head out of Washington for a break, or taking care of billionaires? OK, I apologize for... Read more »

It’s May Day and I don’t want to write about Politics

It’s May Day and I don’t want to write about Politics
Congress worked out a deal to keep the Government running until the end of September and I don’t care.  A well-known organization, the Washington Pundits Guild, mandates in their rules that pundits and political writers shall write ad nauseam about Continuing Resolutions that the public may not understand. I guess I will just be in... Read more »
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A shutdown is near and the GOP is destroying itself

A shutdown is near and the GOP is destroying itself
I’m doing a project for some foreign policy folks and it gave me an opportunity to talk to a long-time friend who is in the House of Representatives.   I called him last night. He is a very senior Republican who has been in the House of Representatives for decades.  We came to Washington about the... Read more »

A shutdown is an early Xmas Present to Democrats

A shutdown is an early Xmas Present to Democrats
“Mr. President, abandon this wall.” Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan should be shouting the words President Reagan used in Berlin to challenge Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down The Wall.  The words need to be a spoken as a challenge to the Bigot-In-Chief in the Oval Office to abandon his folly about a wall... Read more »