Something to consider: political “reforms” have tied this country into knots; what can be done about that?

Politics in the United States is pretty crazy in 2016. And not all of that dilemma is related to Donald Trump.

In opening up the process, increasing transparency, letting the people decide, challenging the establishment, letting sunshine sanitize the public discourse, and all sorts of other good intentions, we seem to have developed a system of laws, rules, regulations and new customs that basically come together to prevent anything positive from being accomplished. Continue reading

Baghdad Bob working on Trump staff?; more Republican email tidbits; is Flaherty’s campaign running for control of the party?

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Baghdad Bob, Information Minister/Communications Director

In the early days of the Iraq War in 2003 there was a spokesman for Saddam Hussein who tried to explain how everything was going great for Iraq, even as American tanks approached Baghdad. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, the Iraqi Information Minister, became known to Americans as “Baghdad Bob.” Given how Trumpsters constantly glow about how well the disastrously run Trump for President campaign is doing, it looks like Baghdad Bob is living in New York and is employed as communications director for the campaign. Continue reading

ECMC is still a public institution, so why the high salaries?

The Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has a long public history. It was originally run by the City of Buffalo, but it was later turned over to the County of Erie for management and funding. The City retained the reversionary rights to the hospital should the County ever seek to divest itself of the institution. The hospital was known as E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in those days. Continue reading

Trump has affluenza; some Reps want to try an intervention

2016 is no ordinary year. There is no precedent for the presidential election that we are living through.

Donald Trump is basically a spoiled rich kid who never grew up and who always got his way. Think of him as a more visible version of the kid from Texas who was in the news a few months back. He drove drunk into a crowd, killing four people and injuring nine others. He fled to Mexico (a bit of irony here) to avoid probation. The term “affluenza” has been used to refer to an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions because of financial privilege. A person suffering from affluenza is someone who is not able to accept responsibility for his or her actions since his or her privileged upbringing did not teach him or her responsibility. Continue reading