American Consequences - January 2018


P.J. O’Rourke comment: Jody, see my reply to Roy above. Soon, you may be thanking your lucky stars that you weren’t able to buy Bitstamp, Polniex, and Kraken.

change to the serious was a real gut-punch. Our Christmases still have people coming in and out during the season, but the family Christmas around the tree is now down to three. I hadn’t realized how [many] people [who are] now gone, whether by distance or by death, were such a big part of my Christmas experience. The only solace is to think of how much I enjoyed having them in my life when they were around, rather than to dwell on how they’re missed, now that they’re not. – Otto Kunst Matt Labash comment: Otto, appreciate your letter. When it comes to getting older, I’ve always subscribed to Doris Day’s notion that “the really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.” I’ve not reached 71 yet, but with any luck, it’s coming. And the mounting losses of family and friends – those are coming, too. Our consolation prize, it seems, is that it’s better to harbor treasured memories of loved ones lost, than to have been afflicted by “loved” ones we’d rather forget. The void they leave serves as evidence of a life richly lived. As Thomas Lynch, a poet and working mortician, writes: “...mourning is a romance in reverse. And if you love, you grieve and there are no exceptions – only those who do it well, and those who don’t.”

Re: Taxes

Guess the corruption in the U.S. government and the insidious nature of the Fed pay raises means it is time to stop supporting Washington and concentrate on cleaning up our own state governments. We can keep track of them easier and save a lot of money to boot. With the citizens of the U.S. sending all their money to China on top of that, a boycott and a tax rebellion look to be in the offing. Happy New Year, keep up the good work. – David J Holmes, Sr. P.J. O’Rourke comment: David, you’re right about those state governments! The only problem we face (which Al notes in his rather gloomy letter above) is that state and local news coverage has gotten so thin on the ground that it’s very hard to keep track of what’s going on in statehouses around the country. And state and local government have often shown themselves to be more corrupt than the federal government. And that is a high bar!

Re: The War In Christmas

As a 71-year-old, after enjoying the humor of Matt Labash’s article, “The War in Christmas”, the last sentence’s immediate

18 January 2018

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