The government shutdown demolition derby continues with only minimal hints of a temporary break in the impasse over how to manage the national economy.
I’m not an economist, but West Texas common sense tells me that playing Russian roulette with five bullets in the chamber isn’t the most effective way to run a national enterprise. Watching the shutdown showdown with the accompanying podium-thumping expressions of righteous indignation conjured up a ghost for me.
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In talking to former Jake Pickle staffer Paul Hilgers about this piece, we discussed timing of publication. Friday is Pickle’s birthday, but Hilgers said running it Saturday wouldn’t hurt anything. The same thought crossed my mind, I replied, but I could hear Pickle asking: “What’s wrong with Sunday?”
When I told Hilgers that I had already committted for a piece for Sunday, he replied: “You know what Mr. Pickle would say? ‘What are you trying to do? Keep me a secret?’”