In this week’s Doubleheader with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks, topic No. 1 was the expiring Bush-era tax cuts and what will happen during the lame-duck session of Congress. Both predicted that the cuts will be extended, but it remains to be seen for how long.
We meandered onto Sarah Palin’s recent online exchange with Wall Street Journal reporter Sudeep Reddy regarding her mention of rising grocery prices as an indicator of inflation. Brooks mentioned an article in Commentary Magazine that prescribed a path for Palin to rise above the fray rather than get entangled in it.
In sports we had to give David some attitude about the team he readily admits he bandwagons for: the Dallas Cowboys, who replaced their head coach mid-season for having such a horrible record. Mark popped in with some historical context on why and how Dallas became “America’s Team” and why so many African-Americans in the Washington, D.C., area became Cowboys fans. Clue: it had to do with desegregation. For more check out a book called “Outside the Lines”.