“Upper Midwest” vs. “Northern Midwest”

“What’s the Matter With Kansas Iowa?”** In modern English, a shibboleth can have a sociological meaning, referring to any in-group word or phrase that can distinguish members from outsiders – even when not used by a hostile other group. It is also sometimes used in a broader sense to mean jargon, the proper use of...
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Mitch McConnell’s Filibuster Bluster

The Opposite of Teddy Roosevelt Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin, can even begin, to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like . . . This chaos would not open up an express lane to liberal change. It would...
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Post-Election Headlines

“Democrats Lose House?!” If current trends hold, how much do you want to bet that at least one major newspaper (OK, maybe just The Onion) runs some variation of the following headline: Banks Balk at Short Sale, Dem’s Lose House Not necessarily fair — but more than a little true . . . P.S.: I’d...
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FDR Redux?

The Financial Crisis So Far The country — and world’s — biggest financial crisis since the 1930’s has reopened a long dormant debate regarding 1930’s economic policy. Democrats today subscribe to the notion that FDR did too little during The Great Depression, unnecessarily prolonging it. Had he used even more fiscal stimulus (public works, capital...
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