Posts Tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

Libertarianism Informed By Cynicism

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Because of Washington gridlock and events like the recent government shutdown, it seems sentiments like the one below are making the rounds increasingly on Facebook and other social media: I don’t know how anyone can look at what’s been going on in Washington this week and think, “Sure! Let’s give those people more control over…
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Liberal Fantasy Or Not, Washington Could Use A Dose Of Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing Idealism

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The West Wing is one of the finest shows to ever appear on television, and I’m only sorry I didn’t watch it during its original run, which began 14 years ago. It’s funny, people refer to The West Wing as a 90s show, but only 10 of the 154 episodes aired in that decade. But…
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The Beltway Media: Watchdogs? More Like Lapdogs

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Are “beltway media” types a guardian of democracy, or are they simply interested in maintaining privilege? Are they watchdogs or lapdogs? watch·dog – n. – One who serves as a guardian or protector against waste, loss, or illegal practices. lap dog – n. – One eager to do another’s bidding, especially in order to maintain a position of privilege or…
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House of Cards Review: Frank Underwood’s Insatiable Hunger For Power

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In one of Frank Underwood’s many asides, delivered with great aplomb by Kevin Spacey, he breaks the fourth wall to say, “Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.” Those two sentences capture the essence of the main character and…
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There Are No Reasonable Republicans In Washington D.C.

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Paul Krugman has a short piece titled “Reasonable Republicans?” where he makes a point that I’ve made in the past, that there are no reasonable Republicans serving in office. That’s not to say there are no reasonable Republicans at all, just that they all exist outside the beltway. They might be former aids to past Republican…
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