From the daily archives: Thursday, December 29, 2016

National: An End To Food Stamps?

Fox News is currently asking whether the federal food program for people in poverty should be eliminated because of recent data about program fraud. Creating the impression that there is widespread fraud in a federal program is the first step in a messaging war that will be waged as the right-wing prepares to introduce a budget that cuts spending on vital programs in order to pay for a diverse array of tax cuts for the billionaire class that helps keep them in office.

The Washington Post rightly notes that this $70 million in misspending represents just 0.09 […]

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Ånybody remember Donald Rumsfeld, the quotable defense secretary under W. Bush?

He’s the guy who disguised his own incoherence by profoundly declaring: “There are knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns, There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

Not even Yogi Berra could be that linguistically creative.

Well, Rumsfeld is back. But only as the inspiration for Donald Trump, who has been dodging nooses daily to explain why goofy things are already taking […]

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Meet Josh Mandel, Swamp Drainer?

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State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican, isn’t wasting any time to sell himself as Ohio’s Trump II in the early stage of his candidacy for U.S. senator in 2018.

He’s even turning to Trump’s campaign bluster to levitate for Ohio’s voters, as when he says “With your help, I will go to D.C.., drain the swamp and fight for the people of Ohio.”

C’mon, man. Trump has already said in his post-election gibberish that he won’t use the swamp reference again because it has outlived its usefulness as picturesque speech and patter.

If anything, he may decide to drain the […]

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Governor John Kasich is being dubbed by some statehouse insiders these days as “John Who?” even though he still has two years left in his term. But with the supersized clout Majority Caucus Republicans will have next year in the House and Senate, Kasich’s last biennial budget could be dead on arrival, and any bills sent to him that he chooses to veto can be easily over ridden if Republican will is strong enough.

Now that Mr. Kasich’s second try for the White House this year turned out to be a much longer version of his short-lived first try in […]

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When Republican State Senator Bill Seitz issued his statement Monday, following Gov. John Kasich’s veto of Ohio House Bill 554, he didn’t spare the rod to spoil this governor.

“It is apparent that Governor Kasich cares more about appeasing his coastal elite friends in the renewable energy business than he does about the millions of Ohioans who decisively rejected this ideology when they voted for President-elect Trump,” Seitz, representing Ohio’s 8th District from Cincinnati, said.

Without action by the legislature by year’s end, Ohio would return to renewable energy requirements that were originally put in place in 2008 and […]

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