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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Question For All Republicans

A serious question: with most everyone in congress acting like spoiled bullies and petulant 6 year olds, do any conservatives really believe that the current tactics and actions of their elected officials are in the best interests of the nation, short term or long term? Because from my own vantage point, which while informed by my socialist-tinged past, is primarily a centrist one, I have a hard time seeing that any actions currently happening in Washington are anything but trouble for us.

In the short term, we are fraying the social fabric of the majority of the country; on the long term, does anyone really believe that any legislative action taken by this (or any) congress can actually be expected to continue to be held to force in the way it was originally intended 20-30 years down the road? Because that is effectively what the GOP is demanding.

Like trickle-down economics, like tax reduction causing massive increases in economic growth: it has never happened before, and there is no reason to expect it to happen now.