Now that Bernie Sanders has ended his campaign and endorsed Joe Biden I’ve been thinking about the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign as it shifts into high gear.
The campaign needs to lay out the full range of facts. And yes, there are lots and lots of facts – real, objective, poke-and-see-it facts that can be the easily established. We need for those facts to serve as the basis for an honest discussion of what will get this country back on the right track.
Given that, I am suggesting that the bumper sticker version of the campaign be made as simple and understandable as possible. My suggestion is “Make America Great Again.” Continue reading
Donald Trump last week once again told the world that he is willing to break the law. Evil doers around the world smirked. Republicans throughout the United States mostly observed the latest instance of Trump’s above-the-law attitude in silence.
As Paul Simon sang, “Fools” said I, “You do not know Silence like a cancer grows…” Continue reading
“A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest…” Simon and Garfunkel
So it’s finally out. The Mueller Report, that is. Followed just 48 hours later by the long awaited Barr Report.
Working overtime during the past weekend, Attorney General William Barr and his gang of Republican-appointed attorneys digested twenty-two months of work by the Office of Special Counsel and wrapped it all up in a concise four-page political summary. Continue reading
As the garbage piles up at national monuments and parks; as TSA agents and other federal security personnel go to work without a paycheck; as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s minions cut favors for their banker friends; Trumpworld spins out of control in all sorts of ways. This is all very unsettling, but probably makes Trump pals in Moscow very happy.
With all that is going on with Trump, it’s not hard to overlook some lesser political issues that are serious, but have been pushed out of the limelight by bigger developments. So that you don’t forget the less shiny objects, Congressman Chris Collins has come to the rescue. Continue reading
When I was a freshman at Canisius College many moons ago (it was 1966), I was a political science major. I was drawn to the subject by President Kennedy. The world of politics seemed fascinating.
In the fall of that year, as the College has done for many years, a major figure in government came to speak at the school, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Justice Brennan was a Democrat, but he had been named to the Court by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. He was appointed in October of that year, a month before the presidential election. It was a recess appointment (the Senate was not in session) and he was confirmed in 1957. My, how things have changed. Continue reading
I began my active involvement in politics when I was in college in the late 1960’s. A lot has changed since then. Here are a few things that come to mind:
- From what I hear from some party leaders, it is harder than it used to be to recruit members for their committees
- In Buffalo and other places we paid attention to the local news cycle, which meant that in major campaigns in days gone by we had to have separate press releases each day for the News and the Courier
- And last, but not least, we checked nearly everything that was going on for reaction or comment from leaders of organized labor
Things are different now. Continue reading
Paul Ryan must be anxious to get back to Janesville, Wisconsin and to join all those well-paying corporate boards that await most former speakers of the House of Representatives. The job he has now certainly isn’t any fun.
Ryan became speaker mainly because no other Republican House member wanted the job after they saw what happened to John Boehner. (Is former Speaker Denny Hastert out of jail yet?) Boehner’s grand finale was to put a deal together that settled some budget and debt problems for a couple years. The Hastert rule about requiring a majority of the majority to sign off on legislation more or less went out the window as Boehner worked his magic. Continue reading