Posts by: Denis Smith

Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.

On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]

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There was a major winter storm that, thankfully, missed us a few days ago but slammed states south of the Ohio River with record amounts of snowfall. But if nature can spare some areas and bury others, another tempest – this one of a political nature – is about to envelop millions of clueless Americans impaired by their addiction to and reliance on Fox News as their window for information about an unstable world.

Oh yes, Fox News.

Unlike those unfortunate souls from Texas to Virginia who were blindsided by the forces of nature, […]

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Did you ever have one of those moments when you read something and then you have to go back and read and reread it again, thinking you missed something in the first couple of reads?

Last week, was one of those huh? moments. I suspect that I was joined in the state of dumbfoundedness along with countless others when I read and reread summaries of the new reform plan of the House Democratic majority. (Note to self: the state of dumbfoundedness has no electoral votes. More on that later.)

Dick Polman, a Philadelphia writer, probably said it for […]

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Richard M. Nixon – Image: Library of Congress

Plunderbund readers and others interested in the subject of Republican campaign collusion with foreign governments are in for a treat on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00pm, with the airing of an MSNBC special on the 1968 election.

Yes, 1968. That wasn’t a typo.

Republicans have been colluding with foreign governments to influence the outcome of presidential elections for the last 50 years, and the documentary, Betrayal: The Plot That Won the White House, hosted by Rachel Maddow, will review archival evidence about how Richard Nixon himself was involved in […]

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If Carly Simon gave us an anthem with You’re So Vain, maybe Good Charlotte’s Predictable provides the perfect lyric to help us define the dull and uninspiring Andrew Brenner.

I knew it all along
You’re so predictable
I knew something would go wrong

Yes, we knew all along that he was so predictable. But what has gone wrong for Brenner this election year in a big way is that he’s facing a formidable candidate who has a great chance of bringing him down in the otherwise reliably red territory of Delaware and Knox Counties.

In his search […]

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Last week, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine released a remarkable statement that said too much testing in school “interferes with a child’s ability to think creatively and problem solve.”

Huh? When he was a Member of Congress, wasn’t Mike DeWine one of the strongest proponents of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that’s been the bane of educators for nearly two decades?

Steve Dyer, an attorney, and Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio examined the previous positions of both DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, in the area of education policy. Dyer served in the legislature during the […]

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The cruel captain was enraged at his disloyal crew, and he couldn’t control his anger any longer.

All right! Who did it? Who did it? You are going to stand sweating at those battle stations until someone confesses! It’s an insult to the honor of this ship!

No, this wasn’t a snippet from one of Donald Trump’s recent rages at his West Wing crew as he learned of the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed piece penned by another of his trusted and appointed crew.

But it could have been.

Who did it? Who did it?

There is no doubt […]

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It’s official. The President of the United States is now an unindicted co-conspirator. We all need to read that phrase again to let that simple fact sink in.

In the last few months, as dismay over the accumulating evidence documenting the incompetence and corruption of the Trump Administration turned to anger, there is only silence from the GOP leadership.

And we haven’t even fully examined the Russian collusion allegations yet.

Amid the deafening silence in the aftermath of the Cohen guilty plea and Manafort conviction, there is no audible sound coming from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor the reticent, […]

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What does a judge’s ruling about a constitutional amendment in Florida have in common with television commercials aired recently about online schools in Ohio?

Answer: it’s not what’s stated in the proposed amendment and the TV promotional that’s important. Instead, it’s about what’s not disclosed in each.

The question then is why was an important word left out of both? Where Groucho Marx rewarded contestants for uttering “the magic word” on his TV show, we should recognize readers for being the first to figure out what key or magic word is being left out of commercials for some Ohio online […]

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Fast and furious. When people see that phrase, they often identify it with the name of a film released several years ago. But today, fast and furious also describes the behavior of Republican politicians as they flee as swiftly as they can from the spreading radioactive mushroom cloud generated from the implosion of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the notorious online charter school.

As damaging as the charter school’s implosion was on the viability of Republican pols, the corresponding explosion ECOT’s demise is causing in state political circles continues to reverberate, particularly for four GOP ECOT stalwarts named […]

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“The Democrats lost an election which, frankly, they should have been able to win, because the Electoral College is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans.” – Donald Trump at Helsinki News Conference

No, the sane people in this country did not know that.

Move over, Burger King. You’re no longer the exclusive Home of the Whopper.

Since January 2017, the structure which variously was entitled the President’s Mansion, President’s House, and Executive Mansion now claim that title. For the White House, what used to be called black lies are now part […]

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