Policy Perspectives

Chag Sameach!  L’chayim!

Last night’s onset of Hanukkah reminds us that it’s the season for all types of celebrations across countries and cultures, and wine is part of that. If music is the universal language, wine is the global toast.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to clink glasses, and while “Cheers” always sounds good, many other words are appropriate with friends from around the world.

In preparation for the holidays, here’s a small sampling (with a pronunciation guide), with more to come next week. Share with friends and family.

Cheers (English)

L’chayim (Jewish, “to life”, Le Cha-im)

Chag Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah)

Sante (or A Votre Sante, French, Sahn-tay)

Cin Cin (Italian, cheen cheen)

Kanpai (Japan, Kan-pie)

Ganbei (China, Gan-bay)

Policy Perspectives

DC is quiet these days in terms of legislation, but loud with conflict. The biggest news, after last week’s expulsion of former Rep. George Santos (R-NY), is the announcement that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is retiring this month, with both of those actions leaving Republicans with the narrowest of majorities while other members are pondering early exits as well.

It’s reasonably safe to predict that virtually nothing will get done this month. Happy Holidays!