Jonathan Chait begins his essay in New York Magazine’s withering report on the Trump dynasty’s corruption with a direct quote from Trump himself:
“I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so greedy. But now I want to be greedy for the United States.”
Candidate Trump spoke those words during the 2016 campaign and could have stopped with the first part about his extraordinary avarice. Since entering the Oval Office in a red or white cap, yellow hair and orange face, Trump has given no indication that he and his equally greedy family have any intention of giving up their […]Full Story... →
The only stage prop missing from President Trump’s declaration of indivisible triumph in the missile attack on Syria was an aircraft carrier from which George W. Bush announced our “victory” over Iraq.
We could see it coming after Bush’s first team declared that homeowners in Baghdad would soon lay out a square dedicated to America. That was a couple of months or so before Bush landed carrier-top in his flight regalia to assure us peace was at hand.
After all, Dick Cheney had been telling anyone who asked that the war would end not in a few months but […]Full Story... →
After an eternity of denials by Republican leaders that they were interested in suppressing the minority vote, it was encouraging to hear a Democratic candidate come along for Secretary of State to clean up the other party’s act.
That ’s what we heard from State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (Kent) when she spoke to the Akron Press Club on Monday, April 9. She covered the full range of suppressive initiatives forever denied by the oppressors. These initiatives were enacted most recently by Jon Husted, who is leaving the position of Ohio Secretary of State to tag with Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has […]Full Story... →
Now that Don Blankenship is out of jail, the Republicans’ bid to win the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia should become much more interesting.
Blankenship, as you may recall, is the powerful coal baron who was imprisoned for a year for a safety breach at his Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010 that led to an explosion killing 29 miners.
He’s one of three Republicans in the May 8 primary for the Senate seat. Their target is conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, guaranteeing a nasty campaign that could fill Bartlett’s quotations for mountain talk. Blankenship is already off to a fast start, […]Full Story... →
So here we are in April, the month of taxes, showers and… fools. T. S. Eliot thought to call it the “cruelest” month, but with two-thirds of the year remaining in Trump Americana, I wouldn’t dare go that far.
Painfully, the president gilded his re-election campaign for 2020 with a fly-in to Richfield. He revved up an invitation-only group of unionized operating engineers by assuring them that he was fully on their side in his relentless battle to make America great again against the evil forces called Democrats in Ohio
The visit was to be all about infrastructure, or that’s […]Full Story... →
Some weekend, huh?
Hundreds of thousands of mostly young protesters demanding action on tighter gun controls; Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump’s former anonymous witch-in-the-hunt telling Anderson Cooper about her sexual encounters with the Big Guy; feathery responses from the NRA defenders while Trump settled on golf with historic comings and goings on his political team. Is this the “fine-tuned machine” that he once called his administration?
The naysayers of the historic student outpouring were clearly troubled to find the right words to satisfy their base from the worldwide uprising. Rick Santorum, who is always around for unintended comic relief, said the […]Full Story... →
How can any of us sleep soundly at night knowing that the deranged Godfather who could change the face of the entire planet by pressing a button is desperately wading in the swamp of friendly dictators, porn stars, riflemen and newly appointed demonic war hawks without accountability?
In a matter of 24 hours, Donald Trump thrust upon us the savage militarist John Bolton, our hostile UN ambassador who has famously talked of bombing Iran and North Korea, as his top security advisor to replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. He also appointed Fox News contributor Joseph diGenova, who blames the FBI and Department of Justice for trying to […]Full Story... →
I see, with no small amount of alarm, that Ohio will be invaded this week by Donald Trump’s first team of minor Amerigarchs with a series of gold-plated fundraisers in Fostoria, Sidney, Troy and West Chester. Seems only fair that the rich donors who got such an uplifting tax break can show their appreciation with hefty contributions in at least four figures in small-town Ohio, right?
The guests of honor, courtesy of Ohio GOP chairwoman and Trump favorite Jane Timken, as the invitation reads, “fiery” Corey Lewandowski, and “consummate political pro” David Bossie. These two are authors of the book […]Full Story... →
Allow me to begin this discourse with the full disclosure that I have no expertise in foreign diplomacy alignments in the Far East. That confession of ignorance will place me securely in the mindless ranks of the latest Trump reality show. I refer to the president’s assertion that he intends to accept North Korea and Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet at a time and place “to be determined.” Maybe in May. Perhaps in Shangri-La.
The revelation was met with shock and awe at the State Department and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who described the President’s first year […]Full Story... →
I was forced to lurch the other day. I needed an extra burst of energy to escape, if only for a moment, from Trump Americana. A well-timed lurch might work. It didn’t.
No sooner had I lurched than Trump told us that he woke up at 6:30 a.m. to watch Fox and Friends, his favorite fake news program on the the state TV channel where any hint of professional journalism goes to die. Some lurches never work.
Later in the day, my lurch failed again when Reince Priebus turned up on the screen to explain, as only he can, that Trump’s “process […]Full Story... →
State Rep. Keith Faber ’s visit to Akron last week previewed a likely matrix for Republican candidates running for state office this year in the party now managed by President Trump. In his speech before a relatively small audience of 40 or so at the Tangier, Faber cast his campaign game plan for state auditor in familiar conservative standbys. He wants to cut taxes, create more transparency and efficiency in government, eliminate waste, and support a strong state economy. Who could argue?
In a moment when the nation is shattered by another school shooting, Faber, a Celina lawyer and former […]Full Story... →