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Tank Purchase Shows Uselessness of the Sequester

Tank Purchase Shows Uselessness of the Sequester
I have seen across-the-board cuts to deal with budget problems in both the public and private sectors. They always represent the worst kind of mindless abdication of management responsibility. And they always end up making managers look silly.
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Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole

Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole
The president’s new choices for Commerce secretary and FCC chair underscore how far down the rabbit hole his populist conceits have tumbled. Yet the Obama rhetoric about standing up for working people against “special interests” is as profuse as ever. Would you care for a spot of Kool-Aid at the Mad Hatter’s tea party?
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Freaking Out Over Bad Words

Freaking Out Over Bad Words
Twice in recent weeks newscasters have said what my three-year old calls "bad words" (where's George Carlin when you need him?) on television accidentally, and both times they've been fired, because apparently we're all still striving to reach puberty.
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Wingnuts of America, I Salute You

Wingnuts of America, I Salute You
Go on. Sip your tea, wear funny hats, shoulder muskets, and carry placards with hateful slogans, because you and your ideas belong with the flintlock era. Once again, I salute you farewell and wish you and your ilk good riddance.
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Business is Booming in Perry's Potemkin Village

Business is Booming in Perry's Potemkin Village
You can't change the facts of an explosion. A large fertilizer factory operated next to homes, a middle school and a nursing home. The factory blew, and 14 people died. We can't change those facts, but it's up to us to decide what they mean.
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Do We Give Too Much Attention to Terrorist Attacks?

Do We Give Too Much Attention to Terrorist Attacks?
Terrorism is a real concern in our era. An attack on a major public festivity like the Boston Marathon is not trivial. Still, the question remains: Should the nation allow its consciousness to be so dominated by every terrorist attack?
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Everything's Bigger in TX, Including Disaster Relief Hypocrites

Everything's Bigger in TX, Including Disaster Relief Hypocrites
The Ted Cruz who promised to get federal help for West is the same guy who voted three times against federal Sandy aid and blamed it all on pork, though Politifact called that a lie.
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How Capitalism Is Dismembering America

How Capitalism Is Dismembering America
Too many Americans are unaware of the extreme disparities that have been caused by the unregulated profit incentive of capitalism. Our winner-take-all system is flailing away at once-healthy parts of society, leaving them like withered limbs on a trembling body.
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Boston Bombing: Memories of London From Early 1990s

Boston Bombing: Memories of London From Early 1990s
The Boston bombing has jarred my memories of living in London in the early '90s. It's a cliche to say that people are resilient, that they shrug off terrorism and get on with their lives, but there is much truth to that nonetheless.
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The Stealth Sequester

The Stealth Sequester
So far, the much-dreaded “sequester” — some $85 billion in federal spending cuts between March and September 30 — hasn’t been evident to most Americans. Take a closer look, though, and Americans are starting to feel the pain. They just don’t know it yet.
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