They Thought It Would Be Easy

They Thought It Would Be Easy Yes they did. Trump and his followers thought that running the government of the United States, with its 2.8 million employees (not including the military) and annual budget of $3.8 trillion would be a piece of cake. Trump told everyone that our leaders were “stupid, stupid people”; not really…

Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy My late father-in-law was a pretty smart guy, but he had his blind spots. We were discussing anti-Semitism once (he was a semi-religious Jew and I am a secular Jew) and he opined that anti-Semitism was largely the province of the political left. I countered with my belief that neither left, right,…

The Obamacare Follies

The Obamacare Follies Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has taken to saying that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in a “death spiral”. This is demonstrably untrue. The so-called “death spiral” has a very specific meaning. It’s what happens when health insurance premiums rise so much that young and healthy enrollees drop coverage…

A Little Empathy, Please

A Little Empathy, Please Empathy: the experiencing as one’s own the feelings of another (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). When I was a young man just out of college I used to hit the town on Saturday nights with my buddies. These guys liked going out late, so we would usually close some bar at 4 a.m. and…

On Morals

On Morals The novel “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov is considered by aficionados to be one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. It is also one of my favorite books. There is a character in the book named Salvor Hardin who is known for, among other things, his epigrams. One of these sayings…

“All Lies and Jest”

“All Lies and Jest” On December 7 there appeared in the New York Times an opinion piece by Thomas Friedman entitled “Say What, Al, Ivanka, and Donald?”. Friedman’s essay referenced a meeting held the day before between Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Al Gore, and expressed hope that the meeting would provide an “opening for…

King Donald I

King Donald I Donald Trump has proven he knows how elections work; that’s how he got the most electoral votes. But he doesn’t seem to understand how governing works, and remember, I’m talking about governing, not ruling. In fact, it seems that he wants to do away with the governing norms that have been in…