From the monthly archives: July 2017

Did you know that the Cleveland Clinic held its annual fundraiser on the home turf of El Caudillo Del Mar-A-Lago?

It’s pretty sad news, to learn that this well-revered non-profit medical pioneer would stoop through the ostentatious golden gate of President Trump’s prized golfing resort. It’s a bit ironic too, considering that President Trump is actively throwing Twitter temper tantrums about his desire to destroy health care for millions of Americans.

ProgressOhio is now sharing an open letter to the Cleveland Clinic from various medical professionals, citizens, and others, imploring them to stop lending their brand and their money to […]

Full Story...

Honestly, at this point it may be a badge of honor to be attacked by the dysfunctional and chaotic Trump Administration or anybody doing its bidding.

So when we read today that Richard Cordray, Ohio’s former treasurer and attorney general who is now serving as director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, we can take it as a good thing.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Firing Richard Cordray should be near the top of President Donald Trump’s agenda, a former top adviser said Sunday.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, said the president should move on tax reform, […]

Full Story...

TAKEAWAYS: The Republican white guys lost! For now. Their seven-year itch to kill Obamacare ended in defeat in the Senate. It was an historic moment when the turtle didn’t outrun the hare. You only needed to see Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s downcast visage to record the moment of despair. Besides, only in Aesop’s Fables would a turtle be credited with uncommon speed.

President Trump blamed three Republicans and 48 Democrats for mindlessly “letting down the American people.” It didn’t matter to him that a majority of the very same American people had opposed the Republican scheme. But in a muted […]

Full Story...

Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, Donald Trump’s newly contrived hitman, is a dapper, vulgar, hot-headed Gotti-like figure who is very rich after moving a lot of investment money around on Wall Street.

In the wealthiest circles, Mooch is said to be highly regarded, particularly by Boss Trump, otherwise known as the capo di tutti capi who is going around telling people that he doesn’t get the protection he deserves by Republicans.

Enter Scaramucci, who burst in on the Potomac scene as the new White House Communications Director with threats that he will fire everybody on the staff if they don’t […]

Full Story...

“You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency? – Joseph Welch

No, these words were not spoken yesterday by Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as part of the national outrage over Donald Trump’s hateful and inappropriate comments at the Boy Scout Jamboree. And yes, they should have been uttered by the Republican leadership. Nevertheless, these words have been proven to be timeless.

Attorney Joseph Welch’s incredible rebuke of Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954,  during the Army-McCarthy hearings, […]

Full Story...

It’s not often that the U.S. Senate’s arcane rules of operation can have a direct impact on saving lives now and into the future. But that’s exactly what will happen on what Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough determined Republicans can and cannot do when it comes to trying to pass their worse version of the House’s already bad bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

As reported by Kaiser Health News, MacDonough has made a determination that certain provisions of the Republican ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act‘ released on […]

Full Story...

Two years ago Pope Francis released Laudato Si’, his encyclical which Time magazine described as a “powerful, prophetic, and personal plea for governments, religions, businesses and individuals to work together to address climate change, much of which Francis says is caused by humans.”

The Pope gave a copy to President Donald Trump when he visited the Vatican earlier this year. Trump, not known for his love of reading, pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Change Accord soon after. It is likely Trump never made it through the first page.

Neither, it seems, has Reverand Barry […]

Full Story...

Putting his father’s presidency in jeopardy, Donald Trump, Jr. has opened a door that can’t be shut. I still think President Trump will resign by the end of this year (see my post of May 18) and for the same reason.

He doesn’t want the American people to know about his business dealings with Russia. He now knows, or at least should know, that Independent Counsel Robert Mueller will investigate those transactions. How will we get from here to there? There is no sure way to predict, but that’s what makes prediction fun.

There is no […]

Full Story...

It’s clear to most everyone not blind drunk from guzzling too much fake news brewed by friends and allies mesmerized by President Donald Trump’s erratic, post-traditional and potentially sinister behavior, that the New York billionaire’s promise to Make America Great Again has failed in so many spectacular ways after just six months of on-the-job training.

Worry, unease, and buyer’s remorse are now prominent among voters who could drain Trump’s new swamp in Washington if they redirect their angst to next year’s midterm elections by installing new representatives in Congress who will stand up to […]

Full Story...

Fake news was on display this past weekend in Columbus like it was the 4th of July all over again. Vice President Mike Pence, who has made three visits to the Buckeye State since assuming his second-in-command duties on Jan. 20, was the featured speaker at the dinner-fundraiser event Ohio Republicans held Saturday night at The Union on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Firework Display

Pence, whose last job was being a conservative, hard-right governor of neighboring Indiana, launched the first of many colorful fireworks that were factually wrong, starting with his applause for Ohio Gov. John […]

Full Story...

The ineffectual egomaniac in the Oval Office shall be visiting the Buckeye State tomorrow for an inexplicable campaign rally in Youngstown.

The administration of President Donald Trump is in chaos. The president is tweeting strange threats at strange hours of the morning. He is openly hostile to his own attorney general. His secretary of state is reportedly considering resignation. He’s been unable to get the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress to pass any major legislation.

Basically, he is what we thought he was: Wildly incompetent and unfit for the office. Of course, his utter incompetence is to our advantage for the time […]

Full Story...