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Friday, May 13, 2016

The Writer's Life 5/13 - Exes

An article by Carl Campanile in today's NY Post cites a new book written by an anonymous political insider. Only 84 pages, it seems to indirectly explain the public's disenchantment with the process, and the appeal of Trump and Sanders. Here are quotes from The Confessions of Congressman X: “Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver. But what the hell? It makes them happy hearing it . . . My main job is to keep my job.” “...sinkhole of leeches.” “Harry Reid’s a Pompous Ass.” “We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.” “I contradict myself all the time, but few people notice. One minute I rail against excessive spending and ballooning debt. The next minute I’m demanding more spending on education, health care, unemployment benefits, conservation projects, yadda, yadda, yadda.” “Voters are incredibly ignorant. It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification .” "America’s on an irreversible decline and no one in Washington seems to care . . . God help us." “Business organizations and unions fork over more than $3 billion a year to those who lobby the federal government. Does that tell you something? We’re operating a ... casino.” “Our education’s in the toilet, and all we do is snipe at each other.” “There seems to be a complete disintegration of confidence in government. A fear that government is its own special interest.”
Prediction: Although measures to improve the American economy may be made, the overall process won't change." Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity has made an interesting point, claiming that the Republican hierarchy is being tougher on Trump than they have ever been on the left wing president.

In a related story, Brazil's president has been canned for shenanigans that covered up the country's faltering economy. Has it reached the point Margaret Thatcher warned about when she said: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."? Prediction, the left will ignore this, preferring to believe it's not the system at fault but the people running it.

On a positive note: Kudos to former Yankees CF Bernie Williams, a mainstay on the great teams of the 90's. He has earned a Bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is an accomplished jazz guitarist who has made several albums.

The underrated Famke Janssen has been added to the cast of The Blacklist. I don't know if it will lift the show out of the doldrums, but her presence is always welcome.

Friday the 13th proved very lucky for the floating book shop. I'd expected it to be rained out, but got a reprieve from mother nature. I sold six of the eight Russian books I had on display, and three in English. My thank to the kind folks who bought. I also had a visit from Steve, the poet laureate of Sheepshead Bay. He was selected to read at a poetry fest taking place this afternoon in Manhattan. He completed the work last night. It will be published in an anthology. Congrats, sir.
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