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Chamber Royale

 Lynd:  So as charming as you are, Mister Bond, I’ll be keeping my eye on the government’s money and off your  perfectly formed arse. Bond: You noticed. Lynd: Even accountants have imaginations. — from Casino Royale, 2006 You have to ask “why?” Why would national Republicans like Roy Blunt, Ann Wagner, Billy Long, and Jason…

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10 Missouri Candidates No One Told You About

How many times have you thought, “I really don’t care for the Republican, but I’ll never vote for a Democrat?” How does that thought make you feel? Weak or strong? Impotent or powerful? Eager or dispirited? Do you know why you feel forced to choose between the lesser of two evils? Because you want to.…

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The Masque of the Red Death – American Style

The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the…

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Not All Lies Are Meant To Fool

What line of work was Tony Soprano in?  Waste management. Did Tony Soprano expect people to believe he was in waste management? No. Tony Soprano expected people realize he was a wise guy and treat him with due respect–or what you and I call fear. Some lies are meant to make the liar seem more…

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We Are the RINOs

You, dear reader, and I are the RINOs. We can now stop calling the crony capitalists and their legislative puppets RINO. They are the TRUE Republicans. It’s their party; a lobbyist bought it for them, not for us. They own it. We are the impostors, the fakes, the interlopers into an intimate mating dance between the…

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What To Do About the New Political Dichotomy

What do we do with the plank? Yesterday I wrote about a new political dichotomy in America. This new dichotomy supersedes or suspends all other political dichotomies: left vs. right, Democrat vs. Republican, etc. This new American political dichotomy is elites vs. plebeians. Elites and Plebeians Think of elites as the people who donate lots…

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The New American Political Dichotomy

Before we get to politics, I want to tell you about a business exercise. The Universal Veto Game Sometimes my job as a consultant involves helping people decide what to do when no ideas have a consensus. Sure, someone in a hierarchy can dictate terms, but dictated solutions don’t really work in business. Cooperation and…