Category Archives: government

The Numbing Effect

As we move toward the end of the transition to a new President, it becomes harder and harder not to succumb to what I think of as the numbing effect of repeated actions on our measurement of what is, and what is not, acceptable.  The numbing effect takes place when your personal sense of what […]

Stop telling me what I can’t do!

A majority of Americans as represented by the Electoral Collage has just flashed a bird at the operations and supporting institutions of our national government. Over the last several decades, our national government has piled on top of the American people laws, rules and regulations saying “don’t do that” you can’t do that” and “this […]

An American Fantasy

“Totalitarianism in any guise always represents not the result but the defeat of human reason, the cowardly retreat of human beings from real problems in the real world; it is an atavistic flight from responsibility into a dream (or nightmare) world of paranoid fantasies.” (Robert Goldston, “The Road Between the Wars: 1918-1941″, Dial Press 1978) […]

Whack a Mole

As we struggle to come to terms with new forms of how we share information one of the more frightening responses has been a tidal wave a governmental and cultural repression from both ends of the political spectrum. Whether it be from governments, such as China, Russia, Kenya, India or the USA, or from demographic […]

Frustration Knows No Boundaries

“I’m mad as  hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” is a rather well known line from movie of many years ago.  Today as people and pundits scratch their heads over Bernie’s Burn and Donald’s March Through Democracy the one thing that seems clear is that the US body politic is suffering […]

Minding the Store

Generally, the idea that government should be run like a business is a canard.  The measuring sticks for success or failure in government are substantially different, the products less readily defined, the market fragmented and more difficult to understand. There is though, one basic element shared in the work of government and business.  There is […]