That ritual of political hypocrisy is upon us: the time has come when Congress must raise the debt ceiling.

There is little new in the political brinksmanship we have already seen, and it will reach a crescendo as the October 18th deadline looms. Time and again, we watch the same…


“Victory has 100 fathers,” President John F. Kennedy observed in the wake of the United States’ failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs a half-century ago, “and defeat is an orphan.” Within hours of images of Afghans clinging to the landing gear of American military transports flashing across…


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Inflation and crime are soaring — if you believe the headlines — and Mitch McConnell could not be happier. He desperately wants his old job back as Majority Leader of the Senate, and had hoped that with Democrats in charge and eager to revert to their tax-and-spend ways, Republicans could…


Donald Trump is a tax cheat. He inasmuch as admitted it at his rally in Florida last week, just days after the indictment of the Trump Organization and its long-time chief financial officer on charges ranging from tax fraud to grand larceny. …


“Tell you what Mr. American Airlines,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick bellowed several weeks ago, after American Airlines and a hundred or so other major corporations pushed back against voter suppression legislation being pursued by Republican controlled state legislatures across the country. “I take it personally. You’re questioning my integrity…


Allen West is a crackpot of sorts. But he is not just your average crackpot — those folks screaming conspiracy theories about the evils of the federal government from random street corners or congressional seats in Georgia or Colorado — he is the head of the Texas Republican Party. …


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy looked in the mirror this week, and the face of Preston Brooks stared back at him. It was 165 years ago next month, in one of the defining political moments in the lead-up to the Civil War, that the pro-slavery Congressman from South Carolina savagely…


It was a scene out of a bygone era, a few weeks back, when ten Republican senators met with Joe Biden in the Oval Office to talk about the COVID relief package. The differences were substantial. $1.9 trillion vs. $618 billion. A trillion dollars is apparently a bridge too far…


It’s over now. In the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, 43 Senate Republicans cast their oath of office and oath as jurors to the wind, and decided to give the former president a pass on the charge of Incitement to Insurrection. The fact that he was guilty as charged…


The sacking of the U.S. Capitol — the most enduring symbol of democracy in the world — was a shattering blow. Yet, it may have been necessary.

January 6th marked the capstone event of a four-year presidential administration that has — with overwhelming support across the Republican Party — worked…

David Paul

Financial advisor to city and state governments. Lifelong Red Sox fan (don't hold it against me).

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