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Constance McCutcheon

Says #realDonaldTrump: “They’re saying it wasn’t competitively bid.” But there’s nothing #POTUS45 says that we can believe. nytimes.com/2019/07/18/us/… via @nytimes

Have fun browsing my Web essays, novels, short stories, and plays. And feel free to use the Contact form below to send me your comments and suggestions for worthy subjects and new projects. I would be glad to hear from you. To start, may I suggest my latest . . .

Chain of Command, a web essay

We know by this time that Trump mixes things up. We have been dismayed to see, time after time, how generously his ignorance mitigates his prevarications. Did he lie or really not know? But he better be careful when he fiddles with facts about commands he issues to the military.

Corporate Algorithm Addendum, a web essay

My recent suggestion to reduce the U.S. wealth gap by introducing an algorithm that more equitably distributes corporate income excited objections, such as: It wouldn’t be fair to pay everyone too equally. Low earners get paid what they’re worth. CEOs deserve top compensation for facing high risk. This addendum addresses those objections.

A Corporate Algorithm, a web essay

Letting the top 1% accumulate so much wealth, then taxing it to redistribute that wealth can’t work. By the time taxes are applied, the damage has been done. To close the wealth gap, we must keep individuals from getting so rich in the first place. A corporate algorithm would do the trick.

Seeking Shelter, a one-act play

On saving a vagrant woman from a mugging, Officer Rehm brings her to the police station for her own good. When he discovers the object of the attack, the woman’s extraordinary amulet, he asks the merchant who sold it to her to come in to verify the piece. A disturbing encounter ensues between the merchant and “his best customer” that convinces Rehm of one thing: he can’t let her keep it.

Footwork, a one-act play

Tyler, Chuntao, and their two children live with Tyler’s father to save the old man the expense of an assisted living facility. One busy day, Chuntao asks Tyler to take over her regular task of cutting his father’s toenails. Tyler returns from the unusual assignment irritated. His father’s feet have upset him.

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