To say that things are getting crazy in this country is certainly an understatement. It’s hard to find a precedent in our history. The Vietnam era? The great depression? The civil war?
The word of the day or the month or the year is tribalism. We are mostly gathering personally or through social media into tribes of all sorts – political, religious, and racial. It is a strange development, since there are so many things like cross border economies, personal contacts, and mutual interests that should draw people together. But they are not. It is very discouraging. Continue reading
As time goes on it is clear that the Republican Party is now really the Donald Trump Party. Large majorities of affiliated and leaning Republicans support Trump strongly, either because they really, really believe in what he says and does, no matter what; or in the case of many Republican elected officials, because they are really, really afraid of what the Trump base might do to them if they challenge Trump. Continue reading
So for now it’s over. Back to work, all yea federal government workers!
Here is a pretty concise explanation of things in Washington these days from Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana: “Our country was founded by geniuses, but it’s being run by idiots.” Continue reading
As the dust settles from Doug Jones’ stunning upset victory in the Alabama Senate race, inquiring minds are wondering just how much the factors in that race and others in 2017 might figure into races in New York State in 2018.
On the surface, there does not presently appear to be much happening in next year’s local state legislative races. You can’t beat somebody with nobody. On the other hand, there are now four potential Democratic challengers to Chris Collins in the mix. Continue reading
First, a brief Alabama limerick from Politics and Other Stuff editor Paul Fisk:
Twice kicked from the bench he did sit on
Roy Moore chose the Senate to bid on
Now they showed him the door
And so much for Roy Moore
And the same to the horse he rode in on
Decency wins (Senator Jeff Flake)
The Buffalo News ran an interesting interview this past Saturday with former members of Congress John LaFalce and Tom Reynolds. It was just as I would have expected from these two old friends – staking out their respective political positions but nonetheless remaining civil and respectful of the other’s positions. I would say how welcoming, except that these fellows are not in Congress anymore. Continue reading
The United States Senate this past Friday completed its version of their so-called tax reform legislation. The 500 page bill was prepared entirely by the Republican Majority in the Senate; no Democrats allowed. It was approved in the dead of night, with last minute amendments hand-written illegibly in some cases. Lobbyists had copies of the bill before senators did. The legislation will increase the national debt by one trillion dollars over the next ten years. Continue reading
Okay, they didn’t walk into a bar. They literally or figuratively walked into the offices of Trump brain and evil mastermind, Stephan K. Bannon.
The characters in question are former Staten Island Congressman and current candidate for Congress from the same district Michael Grimm; defeated Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, a man whose work in the Bush Administration, as Republican National Committee Chairman and as a lobbyist, defines “establishment Republican;” and Roy Moore, the twice-removed Alabama judge who now is running for the United States Senate from that state. Continue reading