From the monthly archives: August 2017

King Kong In The Oval Office

On August 14, 2017 By

A review of  President Trump’s portrayal of King Kong at his rare news conference this week gave the world more chilling evidence of his mental illness of which he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office…”

You’ll find those precise words in Amendment 25 of the U.S. Constitution that lays out the path for his removal from the office by Congress (if only there are enough creatures on Capitol Hill with the backbone to pursue it!).

He is a man of breast-beating fantasy that betrays his insecurity as the forces  of democratic government bear down on […]

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After repeated calls over many months, if not years, by Ohio leaders to Gov. John Kasich to put state resources where his rhetoric is regarding the state’s nation-leading opioid crisis, President Donald J. Trump beat Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck CEO to the punch Thursday, when a national emergency was declared on an issue that’s gripping America by the throat.

The Washington Post reports that “Trump is now pledging that the federal government will ‘spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.’”

Trump Out Plays Kasich On Opiods

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Two groups of educators in Ohio have been standing up against the ALEC-driven agenda to hurt public schools in order to privatize and profiteer off of education: Public Education Partners and the Ohio BATs (Badass Teachers).

ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Koch-funded enterprise that writes copy-and-paste legislation to benefit corporations that state legislators turn into law. ALEC has received funding from AT&T, Allergan, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company among many other profit-driven enterprises.

They have produced model bills on a broad range of issues including reducing business regulation and corporate taxation, loosening environmental regulations, tightening voter identification rules, weakening labor unions, and opposing gun control. […]

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On Mandel: Lock Him Up

On August 10, 2017 By

When Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel declared his second candidacy for the U.S. Senate he left little doubt that he grabbed Donald Trump’s fairy tales as the certain route to victory in 2018. He’s even described in the “fake” media as a “Trump imitator,” which couldn’t be denied inasmuch as Mandel had already pledged himself to sharing Trump’s promise to drain the swamp and as Ohio’s best hope to purify the bureaucracy.

Like Trump, he believes the whole system is rigged against the honorable politicians on Team Trump.

Who is more qualified to speak of swamps than Mandel himself, a driven operative […]

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There is nothing Ohio Gov. John Kasich likes more than myopic state and national media paying attention to him even though he’s no longer popular and has a track record full of disappointments.

That’s the case now with the release of a very small poll of (600) likely Republican voters in New Hampshire that carries a 4 percent margin of error (larger than good polling).

The New Hampshire Poll, conducted by The American Research Group, has Kasich beating President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in head to head matchups.

Kasich, like Trump, has not really […]

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What will happen to the “government of the people, by the people and for the people” when privatization is fully accomplished?

Historically, governmental services and institutions have been governed by democratic rule. This strategy is messy at times but it is the best kind of government ever devised.

The craze to privatize government functions is accelerating at the behest of the corporate world. Of course, profit is the motive.

Some manifestations of privatization:

Private prisons Charter schools Voucher schools Privatization of parking at OSU Privatization of airports, municipal power Privatization of transportation infrastructure

When privatization of government functions is […]

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It was a quiet week end in Trump Americana …. The Mooch went off to wherever Mooches go after they’ve been exiled. Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior zombie-like adviser, was up in the attic moodily wondering why he had gone soft on CNN’s Jim Acosta by merely accusing the reporter of being shockingly “outrageous, ignorant, foolish, and insulting” at a news briefing.

Kellyanne Conway spent more time upgrading her happy face on Fox News. And The Donald, in need of R&R, went to his Utopian golf resort in New Jersey to correct his swing that always […]

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Remember how dark money and outside spending totaled over $40 million against former Gov. Ted Strickland and for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in 2016? Well it looks like for now Richard Cordray is their next target.

Yeah. Thanks to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Citizens United, nearly a century of campaign finance law was obliterated in favor of unaccountable forces pouring massive amounts of cash into the system to buy elections.

If you were wondering, Kennedy still doesn’t care that he legalized political bribery and subjected the American Republic to endless plutocratic […]

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The Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare will benefit America. Americans now have a real chance to improve our health care system instead of having to climb that Everest-like mountain a second time. However, Democrats must remember that we did not did not prevent the destruction of Obamacare; three Republican senators did. Had just one of those three changed his or her vote, Americans’ future would be far bleaker. And it would have been our fault. 

If Democrats don’t give the American people a workable alternative to Trump and the Republicans, we will shirk our duty to the American people. […]

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In response to a constituent asking U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to stop taking campaign money from the fossil fuel industry, Ohio’s junior senator laughed and walked away.

From the Huffington Post:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Friday refused to answer a voter’s questions about a bill critics say will paralyze public health agencies and make it easier for corporations to pollute. He then laughed in the woman’s face when she asked him to stop taking donations from fossil fuel giants.

At the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Meryl Neiman, an entrepreneur and mother of two, confronted […]

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It should come as no surprise Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still looking to scratch his presidential itch, what with his book tour and his ongoing challenges to the politics of President Donald Trump.

The New York Times is reporting that Kasich may be one of several GOP primary challengers to the sitting president.

From Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at the NYT:

Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and […]

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