The Nefarious GOP – Cons and Tricks #1: Obamacare

At 6:21 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), tweeted a message that read: The “CBO” is the independent Congressional Budget Office that was created by law in 1974 and is charged with assisting Congress in evaluating costs associated with financial and budgetary decisions and to provide information and estimates during the Congressional budget process. When new legislation is proposed, the CBO “scores” … Continue reading The Nefarious GOP – Cons and Tricks #1: Obamacare

Fare Thee Well, Trump Voter

On Sunday, it will be two months since Election Day. There’s something I need to express before I move past the election, and it’s taken awhile for me to formulate this. I don’t understand you, the Trump voter. Or at least the “normal folks” who voted for him. I’ve tried. I really have. I’ve read Hillbilly Elegy. I listened when Jon Stewart told Charlie Rose … Continue reading Fare Thee Well, Trump Voter

Where Donald Trump and Neville Chamberlain Cause My Insomnia

Here’s what keeps me awake at night:  Our country looks like it is close to being in real peril, and we aren’t paying the right kind of attention. I’m not a fan of hyperbole or overblown, the-sky-is-falling dramatics. But in the past when candidates I haven’t supported have been elected to office, whether it’s a governorship, a Congressional seat or a Presidency, I’ve always felt … Continue reading Where Donald Trump and Neville Chamberlain Cause My Insomnia

The Once and Future Hillary

I wanted to put some distance between the election and putting some thoughts together about Hillary. I didn’t want to write in the immediate emotion of the aftermath – and it was a very emotional time for many women, and continues to be. This isn’t an epitaph, because Hillary’s story isn’t finished. It’s only an assessment about what I think her legacy might include – … Continue reading The Once and Future Hillary

Be Patriotic, Challenge a Marriage, Whatever. Just Subscribe.

Until a few years ago, over the span of my life I’ve lived in a house with a subscription to either Newsweek or Time, and frequently both simultaneously.  My mom and dad wouldn’t have considered living without one or the other.  They also subscribed to the two local Cincinnati daily papers (back in the days when there were two Cincinnati daily papers), a weekly paper … Continue reading Be Patriotic, Challenge a Marriage, Whatever. Just Subscribe.

Ethics (or Lack Thereof) May Haunt Trump’s DC Hotel

Bear with me, please.  This is going to be a long one, and I apologize in advance. One week after Election Day, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Trump leases his D.C. hotel from a government agency he’ll soon be in charge of”, by Steven L. Schooner and Daniel I. Gordon. Mr. Schooner is a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University … Continue reading Ethics (or Lack Thereof) May Haunt Trump’s DC Hotel

Jon Stewart, Trump, and the Twitter War of 2013

Our very unPresidential President-Elect went on another Twitter rant tonight, attacking (via retweets) a reporter at CNN named Jeff Zeleny.  But that’s a story for tomorrow, because right now it’s a bit depressing to contemplate that the President-Elect publicly attacked a broadcast journalist in front of the entire world. Instead, it would be far more enjoyable to recount an episode where, with a few tweets (assisted by … Continue reading Jon Stewart, Trump, and the Twitter War of 2013