Political Poker

By Stephen Waguespack.

You got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. The great American philosopher Kenny Rogers spoke those words back in 1978, and that sage advice given on a warm summer’s evening on a train bound for nowhere still rings true today. Nowhere is this advice more relevant and timely than at the poker table where our current political system sits and bets on our economic future. In Washington, D.C. this week, we saw Congress decide to fold 'em, and end the government shutdown that began Oct. 1. Most Americans monitored this shutdown, when not watching football or the baseball playoffs, through the impact on their 401(k)s and through news stories detailing what parks and museums were shut off to which sympathetic group.
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