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There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say there are things that, we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know. Additionally there is bacon.
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How to Win a Congressional Election Against Your Republican Opponent – 2014

You know, six years ago we went through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Millions of jobs were lost. The auto industry was on the brink of collapse. The financial system had frozen up. And because of the resilience and the determination of the American people, we've begun to fight our way back.

Chained CPI – Grand Betrayal, Social Security Fix, or Something Else?

The average annual COLA on SS has been around 2.8% over the 50 years or so. Looking back those same 50 years, the use of Chained CPI-U would have resulted in an average of a 2.55% annual COLA increase. Overall, the use of Chained CPI-U hardly seems radical.

Happy Mother’s Day

Last night I had a dream of a beautiful dusk landscape, I dreamt I was as light as the ether, a floating spirit visiting things to come. The shades and...

An Open Letter to my Sons – November 5th, 2008

Something interesting happened in 2007.  A little-known US Senator from Illinois cast his hat into the ring on a frosty day in Springfield,IL.  I watched that speech that day, and while I was moved by his words and passion, my own cynicism led me to mutter “good luck buddy” when he was finished, the deck was so stacked against him.

My date with the GOP

It is illegal to ask party affiliation in Washington, so as long as you are willing to sign a sheet that states that you consider yourself a Republican and that you won't vote in another caucus, all voters are welcome. With Obama safely installed as the incumbent, I figured I may not get another opportunity like this for another 8 years.

My Dinner with Robert Gates

Robert Gates has served 9 different Presidents over the last 45 years.  Join us as we look back on that service and look forward on the challenges that face...

Weekend Music Thread: Better the Second Time Around?

  Is the first time the worst time?  Is being original overrated?  These  songs might  just prove that theory.  Take a dive in the world of cover songs and remakes,...

Weekend Music Thread – Guilty Pleasures

This weekend's music thread is a nod to those songs. You know which ones. The ones you always sing, love deeply yet secretly. This weekend is your chance to let go and share some of your guilty pleasures.

On Opposing the U.S.A Patriot Act – Russell Feingold

The world looks very much different now than it did 10 years ago.  The lives of every American changed forever that day and in the days that followed.  One...

Where do we go from here on jobs? – or – How we learned to love to knit.

Unlike jobs in a typical economic cycle of expansion and contraction, many of the jobs that used to exist have been vaporized, never to return.