Tag Archives: Washington

The Politics of Being a Camp Counselor – Why There’s No Such Thing as a One-Sided Deal


For the past nine weeks, I haven’t posted on Truth Be Told because I’ve been working as a counselor at a prominent Jewish sleep away camp in Southern California. In the coming days, I will dive into what I’ve missed … Continue reading

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Back to the Basics – What Boehner is Forgetting at the Negotiating Table


In Washington, a temporary budget has been agreed upon, but the debate is really just beginning. No matter what happens at the negotiating table in the weeks and months to come, conservative rhetoric – “cuts, cuts, cuts” – will not … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Little Old Lady – How Kinship Can Eclipse Polarization


Sunday night at dinner, as I was poking and prodding at the final remnants of my butternut squash ravioli, my grandfather turned to me and — in that matter-of-fact tone that only a family patriarch can pull off — said, … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience – What if the Democrats Had Compromised Less?


It’s time to admit that the ship of any sparse hope of party unity has sailed long ago. There no such thing as “typical” in Washington anymore. The crossroads at which we find ourselves is one of many options, many … Continue reading

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A Puzzled Republic – What this Tax Deal is Really About


Puzzles are arduous to assemble. It’s challenging to pinpoint each individual component to construct the perfect fusion. Each piece gives rise to its own struggle, its own weight. Setbacks ensue, distractions pop up. Different people exhibit different levels of devotion … Continue reading

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Check Your Balances


“Only in Washington is it a radical idea to read a bill and know how much it costs before we agree to pass it.” Who said this? Sen. Jim DeMint. Why did he say it? Because, today, his office sent … Continue reading

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