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Entries by Michael Sigman from 01/2012

GOP Hearts Big Government

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

Leave it to Rush Limbaugh to tell the Right how to pontificate about the virtues of small government while pushing for its opposite. The question isn't whether government should be big, but whom big government is for.

For Mitt, Firing People Is the Context

| Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics

"I like being able to fire people who provide services to me" may well become Mitt Romney's most memorable line, if only because he actually meant it.

Jeff Beck at 67: Perennial Guitar Hero

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Fifty

Stephen Colbert reflected Beck's genius and self-effacement when, as host of the 2010 Grammy Awards, he told a worldwide audience, "You know the game 'Guitar Hero?' He has the all-time high score -- and he's never played it."

Mitt Gets a Bit of Comeuppance

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

Why does our species take delight in seeing our gods tumble? When it comes to Romney -- or Gingrich who, let's not forget, is a multimillionaire thanks to influence peddling with Freddie Mac et al -- it's the shameless hypocrisy.

Occupy!: Does Diction Reflect Conviction?

| Posted 01.29.2012 | Huffington Post

Occupy! was the 2011 Word of the Year according to the American Dialect Society. Did Americans sober up in 2011, or do we simply prefer to alternate between heaviosity and levity?