The Monday Notice

Jay Caruso
Jay Caruso's random thoughts on politics and culture
Created 07 Jun 2019
  • So Now Transparency Is A Bad Thing?
    24 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 13 4
    “It’s over for the little guy,” That’s a line from The Sopranos Season 6 episode, “Johnny Cakes.” Patsy Parisi says it to Burt after they try to shake down a Stabucks-like coffee shop. The manager ass...
  • How Not To Win Friends and Influence People
    17 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 13 2
    Outside of the American Rescue Plan Act, President Biden’s one legislative success came from Republican support in the House of Representatives. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in th...
  • Biden Can't Shut Down The Virus
    10 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 9 1
    During a White House press briefing, a reporter asked Jen Psaki, “Does the president believe COVID is here to stay?” She responded, “The President’s goal is to defeat the virus. The President’s focus ...
  • The Elites Who Pretend They're Not
    03 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 14 3
    *** A quick note: Thanks so much to everyone who reads this newsletter every week. I don’t have tens of thousands of subscribers and I don't earn a nickel from it. However, I love writing it and I thi...
  • The Era of Unserious Politics
    20 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 15 4
    You’re the president. You’ve managed to sign $3.1 trillion in new spending legislation since your inauguration. The last piece of the pie is a pricey one that will likely come in over $2.2 trillion. A...
  • The Quiet Death Plaguing America
    13 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 8 5
    The news hit like a gut punch: More than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States during the 12-month period ending April 2021, according to provisional data published Wednesday by t...
  • The value of true friendship
    06 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 11 1
    Poet and Spanish Jesuit Baltasar Gracián wrote, “True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island.” T...
  • The Rittenhouse Radicals
    22 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 13 8
    A jury acquitted Kyle Rittenouse on all charges related to the shootings deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz. And now that it’s all settled, Rittenhouse has he...
  • Cut Trump Loose, Already
    15 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 10 13
    A phrase about Democrats began making its way into the zeitgeist in the latter stages of the Trump presidency. “All they have to do is not be crazy.” Joe Biden’s team ran a brilliant campaign that pri...
  • Stop Lying About CRT
    08 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 13 12
    I’ve tended to stay away from this particular argument, primarily because it’s most often the shouters and performance artists that take center stage. That said, in the run-up to the Virginia gubernat...
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