by | Oct 22, 2019

There is something romantic — at least to a certain kind of swamp rat — about the prospect of dining in the Rayburn cafeteria on Capitol Hill. It offers all the glitz of a C-SPAN 2 program: a collection of…

by | Aug 7, 2019

Baby boomers beware. If you’re in your 50s or 60s and you’re counting on Medicare to pay your future hospital bills, you’re in for a shock. Medicare Part A — the fund that pays hospitals and nursing homes — is…

by | Jul 15, 2019

A new book by Politico’s Tim Alberta — American Carnage — depicts former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, now out of office, snarking as follows about President Trump. The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey wrote it this way: [T]he former speaker could not stand…

I am sure the Democrat-controlled House has passed several bills and resolutions, maybe even some that matter, maybe even some that we conservatives would endorse. The thing is, most of us average American lugs do not live in Washington, D.C….

by | Aug 17, 2018

Why are most politicians seemingly allergic to keeping their promises? It’s almost as if we as a society are surprised when something good happens in Washington. In fact, the stereotypical politician is seen as a sly liar who can easily…

by | Apr 23, 2018

After Paul Ryan announced he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall, I had an interesting conversation online with an old friend I hadn’t talked to in more than a decade. My prodigal partner in correspondence, an old politico who fought the…

by | Apr 17, 2018

Amid the political hoo-hah now engulfing us — special prosecutors, tell-all memoirs, calls for impeachment, Lord knows what else — the opportunity to salute Paul Ryan has a cleansing effect: like heavy-duty detergent following a food fight. The opportunity arises…

by | Feb 8, 2018

Sometimes posturing proves bad for posture. Standing for eight hours in four-inch heels strikes as just one of those times. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi grandstanded on immigration in the well of the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The media hailed…

by | Aug 29, 2017

The choice is either to be amused or appalled by the apocalyptic criticism of President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I think I’ll go with option one. Much of the wailing and gnashing of teeth comes from…

by | Aug 23, 2017

Among the self-appointed commissars of the culture, the hatred for Trump assumes the dimensions of a psychiatric disorder. But like the Soviet commissars of old, they don’t treat their own delusions. They instead rant and rant about the mental health…

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