Monthly Archives: November 2012

Negotiating Towards the Cliff

As someone who predicted a month ago that we would go over the “fiscal cliff”, and also that the debt ceiling introduction would complicate the negotiations you might expect that after yesterdays rhetoric I would be here saying I told … Continue reading

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Remembering George Harrison

Today is the anniversary of the death of George Harrison, the Beatle who was maybe the lowest key individual in the band, but certainly had a unique talent. Harrison came truly into his own as a solo artist, as he … Continue reading

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Solving Parliamentary Snarls in Methuen

As a former Mayor it is usually a wise thing to be seen and not heard on local issues. Sometimes not being seen or heard is preferable. I have decided to take a middle ground, and offer some commentary on … Continue reading

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Municipal Bond Tax Exemption at Risk

There has been plenty of talk about “tax expenditures” at both the federal and state levels, with all tax breaks under heavy scrutiny. One that has received a little attention, but deserves some more discussion, is the municipal bond tax … Continue reading

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The Filibuster Blues

Republicans are screaming bloody murder over the potential rules changes on the filibuster being proposed in the U.S. Senate by Harry Reid and the Democrats. A look at the actual proposal shows that it honestly does not amount to a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Joe DiMaggio

One of the all time baseball greats was born on November 25th, 1914. DiMaggio broke the hearts of Red Sox fans for many years, and was one of the greatest players in baseball history. His marriage to Marilyn Monroe captivated … Continue reading

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Politics, Presidents, and Making the Wheel Turn

One new David Brooks column on Abraham Lincoln, and a review of Robert Caro’s LBJ books by Thomas Meaney, in “The Nation”, have made for some great Thanksgiving reading. Connected? I think so. Brooks, in his column, masterfully writes of … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope you enjoy a wonderful day with family and friends. Would it be Thanksgiving without Arlo Guthrie and Alice’s Restaurant?

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Attack of the Pods

Please don’t ask why this post is here on a political web site! I just love coffee! Some interesting gift ideas.

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Two Stepping to the Cliff

The issues involved in the so called “fiscal cliff” have been written about ad infinitum. With the first general meeting held at the White House and all coming out spouting optimistic platitudes the level of optimism has gone way up. … Continue reading

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