In its handling of health care for veterans, the VA’s ineptitude and corruption have been widely exposed and condemned. Though, of late, Hillary Clinton has been saying that it wasn’t as bad as all that. In her view, the real problem is not long wait times covered up by falsified records which, in many cases, resulted in untreated conditions leading to … well, death.Read more
According to the conventional, Beltway wisdom, Bernie Sanders let Hillary Clinton off the hook when he declined to attack on the matter of her e-mails in the recent debate among Democratic contenders. Perhaps. But one wonders how many friends that would have made him among his party’s core voters and true believers.Read more
It has long been good sport to make fun of the government. Ronald Reagan did it with a fine, almost deft touch. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language,” he would tell an audience, “are I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
Just about everyone, at one time or another, has used the phrase “Good enough for government work,” and we all know what it means: that something conforms to the high customer service standards one enjoys when shopping for stamps in the post office.Read more
Bernie Sanders has never met a corrupt, inefficient, obsolete government agency or initiative he didn’t like. The only thing he finds objectionable is that they aren’t being given enough taxpayer money. Earlier in the week, during the Las Vegas debate, he bragged on his efforts to get the Veterans Administration more money.Read more
Senator Sanders had been on a roll—until tonight. He had been playing a tent revival preacher in which he got himself, and his audiences of the faithful, worked up about the evil that has kept them in chains and from which he intends to free them before going on to use those same chains to whip up on the people who forged them.Read more
Bernie Sanders has been noted, above all, for his consistency. He doesn’t change his mind. Ever. Except, maybe, a little bit on gun control. And this inflexibility is considered a virtue among politicians. Especially in this season, given his opposition.Read more
So far in this campaign, Jeb Bush hasn’t said anything particularly memorable (if, that is, memory serves) but now he has come out with something pithy and quotable and certain to please one half the electorate and infuriate the other.Read more
How happy in their jobs are government workers? Well, the sovereign answer to that question would be: “Who cares?” They have steady work and, for most of them, it is all indoors with no heavy lifting. And they practically have to commit a felony to get fired.Read more
Pick Eddie Lacy. That was the advice of at least one expert back in the summer. Not a single play of the regular NFL season had been run, but it was already a busy time for those who play fantasy football and the gurus who advise them. “Lacy’s mix of stability and upside over a full season” is unmatched, the expert wrote.Read more
Secret Service agents are famously willing to take it – as in taking a bullet for the President or anyone else for whom they are providing security. They are also, it seems, willing to dish it out. Though not quite so lethally. Just in the nasty, bureaucratic, secretive ways of Washington.Read more
Well, so bad that even the stock market didn’t like it and it usually welcomes news that restrains the Fed from raising interest rates. But this morning, the NYSE opened over 200 points in the red.
Here are some of the ugly details one finds when drilling down into the numbers.
* For the last three months, average job growth comes in at 167,000. Nearly 100,000 below the average for 2014. We are going in reverse.
* Average hourly wages were expected to rise by 0.2%. They remained flat at 0.0%.Read more
Though I am an Apple user—phone and laptop—and happy with both, the tepid response to the latest Apple dog and pony show left me feeling a bit of schadenfreude. The digital revolution is pushing other technologies into the grave, and like a lot of people, I mourn that—in the way, probably, that an ardent lover of the old clipper ships resented the arrival of coal and steam. Something was being lost. Something beyond the mere ships.
From a recent Washington Post article, one learns thatRead more
After all the media coverage and the judicial back and forth, the New England Patriots returned to the field Thursday night and won a football game. Tom Brady, who had been banned for throwing softballs, then re-instated by a federal judge (we pay those guys for that?), threw four touchdowns. Final: Pats 28; Steelers 21.Read more
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