From the daily archives: Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Walkoff Wild Pitch Debate

On August 6, 2015 By

Having just suffered the  hyped Fox “presidential ‘debate” from Cleveland for the Republican candidates who didn’t make the cut, I  would say it didn’t quite rise above the walkoff wild pitch that cost the Indians another game the day before.  So where was the debate?

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With Gov. Kasich beginning to levitate in the stretch before the “debate”, the national media are finally taking a closer look at his dark side back in Columbus.  Until now they have offered the short course of the governor’s overwhelming reelection without mentioning his phantom opponent. .

But  the  Huff Post Blog, as well as the Washington Post,   riddled his image with a piece exposing to the rest of the nation  what we have been talking about for a long time – his deference  to major Republican contributors in Ohio’s messy billion-dollar charter school industry.

 Kasich’s total lack of honesty […]

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In a conference call coordinated Wednesday by Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, that featured eight other federal and state Democratic officeholders, Rep. Theresa Fedor of Toledo, responded to the resignation of David Hansen, the husband of Gov. John Kasich’s chief of staff who moved from heading of the governor’s staff to heading up his presidential campaign.

David Hansen’s swift resignation from the Ohio Department of Education as school choice director, following news that he scrubbed charter school data harmful to the charter school industry and some of its biggest sponsors, demands more questions from media, not fewer as Gov. Kasich wants.

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Presently the federal government spends 7% of its budget simply on making interest payments on the federal debt.  That’s more than it spends on transportation infrastructure, education, and scientific research COMBINED.  So, there is a practical argument in paying down the federal debt to free up those interest payments given that we really suck right now in investing in roads, bridges, schools, and science.

Although both parties recognize, to a large extent, the problem with the federal deficit, the parties have completely different understanding of why the deficit matters and what is problematic about it.   And nobody in […]

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