Chris Collins, stockbroker

In light of today’s indictment of Chris Collins, his son and his son’s future father-in-law, I thought I would offer some historical perspective by re-publishing a post about Collins that first appeared here in July 2017.  A link to that post follows.

Some other thoughts:

  • How does all this fit into the character of a man who prides himself on being an Eagle Scout?
  • Does Collins’ press conference today in New York City count as some sort of public event that he has so aggressively avoided with his constituents?
  • For the Republicans so eager to pile on to Albany corruption, where is the outrage about Collins?
  • The line-up for a Republican replacement candidate is already forming:  State Senator Pat Gallivan; Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw; radio host David Bellavia.  There will be more.
  • Finally, at the end of the linked 2017 post there are comments about how offended Collins was as Louise Slaughter went after him about his stock-trading activities.  Somewhere today, Louise is smiling.

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The creation of Trumpcare

“We’re going to deliver real change … That begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare … You’re going to have such great health care, at a tiny fraction of the cost – and it’s going to be so easy.” Donald Trump, October 25, 2016

“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”   Donald Trump, February 27, 2017

“Doing big things is hard.”   Paul Ryan, March 24, 2017

For the past seven years, Republicans in Congress and most recently the White House have railed and wailed against the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.   Sixty times the House passed bills repealing the law. The House and Senate both passed a repealer two years ago, which was vetoed by President Obama. The party made the 2016 campaign a referendum of sorts on the law. Continue reading

A soldier’s Christmas story

By Steve Banko

For me, Christmas will always be found in the music.

From those long ago days of grammar school innocence when the nuns embarked on the crusade to drill the words of every carol in Christendom into my brain, until today – with innocence a faded memory but the joy of Christmas a constant prayer, I found great delight and consolation in the music of Christmas. Some of my most enduring memories involve those nuns, the songs they taught me, and the way we sang them. Continue reading

A short take on the debate; post-primary candidate financials; the judicial race — Correction posted: no Reform Party candidates for State Supreme Court

We are all overwhelmed today by the post mortems about last evening’s presidential debate, so I’m only offering my two-paragraph view of things.

Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do last evening. She showed herself to be a competent and intelligent person, with the proper temperament and judgment to be President of the United States. Her presentation should help move the few genuinely undecided plus some of the third-party candidate supporters to her side. Continue reading