I’m currently moderating a group that will be listening to and discussing songs from the Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 all-time greatest songs (2021 edition), with participants choosing one song per week from the list. I’m going to use this thread to comment on the songs.
I’ve only been watching highlights, but I wanted to make a comment on the upcoming 49ers-Eagles game. Given the 49ers talented roster and success with a third string QB, I’ve heard one or two commentators wonder if this is a better strategy than paying a lot for a QB. Here’s my comment:Continue reading “2022-2023 NFL Playoffs”
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What books are you reading in 2023?
I’ve never read all of Eliot’s The Waste Land, partly because the recondite references and foreign language passages dissuaded me, but James Parker’s recent Atlantic write-up–or more accurately, guide– has inspired me to finally complete it. I’m going to use this thread to keep notes and process the poem.Continue reading “Reading and Discussing T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land”
What are you listening to in 2023?
That’s the title of this ABC News report. I don’t know a lot about this topic, so I sought out some information. Here’s what I learned:
The debt ceiling is a cap on the amount of money the U.S. government can borrow to pay its debts.
Every year, Congress passes a budget that includes government spending on infrastructure, programs such as Social Security and salaries for federal workers. Congress also taxes people to pay for all that spending. But for years, the government has been spending more than it takes in from taxes and other revenue, increasing the federal deficit.
The government needs to borrow money to continue paying out what Congress has already OK’d. The debt ceiling puts a limit on how much money the U.S. government can borrow to pay its bills.
That seems fairly clear, but I’m confused about on the following point:Continue reading “What is the Debt Ceiling and Why You Should Care About It.”
“I don’t care which party you vote for, but please stop voting for people who have no desire or intention to govern.” That’s a tweet I saw today, and wholeheartedly agree with. I assume the tweet primarily refers to the GOP members of Congress who oppose Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. I would actually broaden this out to any politicians that enabled this group, as well as politicians preferred nothing to making any compromise or those who preferred nothing, rather than giving any political victory to the other side.
These politicians are the problem and primary source of the dysfunction. Here’s a message to those who have a low opinion of Congress because of gridlock:
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