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Pruden: The Budget Theater, now open with the follies

By Wesley Pruden | A president’s budget has the shelf life of a shrimp. A president drafts a budget and sells it with language as chaste and extravagant as the blue sky, and his naysayers dutifully mount their soap boxes to declaim, distort and denounce. What comes out the other end of the meat grinder […]

Pruden: Paranoia is what’s for dinner in Washington

By Wesley Pruden | Paranoia is suddenly what’s for dinner in Washington. The most fervent patriot can be a spy and never know it until someone posts a video of the high crime and misdemeanor of someone shaking a Russian hand. “There I was,” recalls Trevor Potter, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission […]

Pruden: Breaking up in the Trump Era is easy to do

By Wesley Pruden | Can a marriage be saved? Maybe not, and maybe not even a friendship. It’s all Donald Trump’s fault. Marriages, friendships and business relationships have been thrown at risk in the boiling political culture, where emotion replaces reason and millions of Americans won’t have anything to do with someone with a different […]

Pruden: A timeout from the children’s hour

By Wesley Pruden | Some of our grown-ups are missing, just when we need them most, and our Democratic friends need more powerful meds. The ink on the streets of Washington is knee-deep and toxic. The Democrats are supping on leaks from intelligence officials who have eagerly joined the Insurrection, united in their determination to […]

Pruden: Trumpspeak, a language rich in adjectives

By Wesley Pruden | Donald Trump isn’t the carrier of the disease that threatens the language, but he suffers with enthusiasm. His abuse of the adjective might eventually threaten his foreign policy. Nothing is ever merely “good,” or “fortunate.” No appointment is merely “outstanding.” Everything is “fantastic,” or “terrific,” and every man or woman he […]

Pruden: An expensive lesson for conservatives

By Wesley Pruden | The more the culture bounds out of control, the more the wary have to take care with the company they keep. This applies to media that will print anything in pursuit of “clicks” and “hits,” and to well-meaning organizations about whom they invite to tutor their true believers. The Conservative Political […]

Pruden: When the high-minded stoop to the low-down

By Wesley Pruden | Rage can lead the unwary to dangerous places, and some of our media notabilities are half-way there. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post poses the question that bugs them most. “Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country,” he demands. “What is this democratic nation to do […]

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