There’s a concept in psychology called “moral licensing,” whereby people who do something they feel is good grant themselves an excuse to do something bad. This explains why some dieters actually gain weight or some Obama voters appeared to become more racist.
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Jared Whitley is a writer living in Washington, D.C. He has worked for newspapers, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and the White House Communications Office under President Bush.
Against my better judgement, before I left Washington, DC … I went to grad school.
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John Nestor is the quintessential federal bureaucrat gone rogue. Although he was a medical officer with the FDA, Nestor’s calling of choice was vigilante of highway speed enforcement. When driving around the Beltway, he would pull into the passing lane and set his cruise control to 55 mph – inevitable honking be damned.
There has been more than a touch of satisfaction for former George W. Bush Administration appointees, such as myself, to see how reasonable our ex-president has become to those who -- for eight years -- cursed his name, called him horrible things and made fun of the way he talks.
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There’s an old adage: how do you eat an elephant?
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The stage is set for the forthcoming elections, and the orchestra’s engaged. Now it’s time to see if the Tea Party can actually dance.