Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

It’s not too late for Ohio’s two-term Washington Senator Rob Portman to rebuild his sorry and sullied reputation as one of  Ohio’s many career Republican no-where men – misunderstanding all he sees. To get back on the path to saving his mortal soul, and his political backside in the process, Rob can become the unlikely last minute hero from Ohio.

The “commonsense conservative” has been out of his mind and divorced from the daily plight of real working Ohioans by helping the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee he’s a member of to construct the terrible tax cut bill Washington Republicans of […]

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The much-anticipated special election for U.S. Senator in Alabama, pitting ultra-right, God-fearing Republican Roy Moore against Doug Jones, a Democrat President Donald Trump and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon warned would be a puppet controlled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York if elected, ended Tuesday night with a small but decidedly big bang for the underdog candidate.

The whimper many feared would happen if voters who turned out in overwhelming numbers to vote for Trump over Hillary Clinton last year decided to embrace their party’s scandal ridden choice to replace former Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions […]

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Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken goofed a golden-gopher opportunity bigly last Thursday to make a real difference, one that would have produced lasting effects had he not capitulated to the rush to judgement, forced by his Democratic brethren who saw no distinction between his behavioral transgressions compared to those committed by President Donald Trump, or the likely to be elected Senator from Deep South State Alabama, Roy Moore.

In a forced marched to his resignation that took about three weeks, made possible by Frankens Democratic Senate colleagues including Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown who called on him to resign, “Landslide” […]

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Now that Donald Trump, a registered Democrat as recently as 2009, has taken over the national and Ohio Republican Parties, old fashioned Republicans crying for daylight between them and the modern-day Donald are adopting silly semantics to confuse and misdirect.

Calling themselves conservatives, betting it confuses enough to hide behind what they’ve always thought and fought for and who they’ve always voted for, is the new razzle-dazzle ruse in the era of Trump fake news.

For all your Republican friends – and even I, believe it or not, have some – ask them to distinguish in meaningful terms the difference […]

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The raging age of technology has spawned new acronyms galore. Twitter has taken abbreviations like OMG, meaning “Oh My God,” to new levels of code speak. Emojis, a Japanese invention that adds a multitude of images that portray human emotions, have expanded today’s new-age lexicon to levels unrecognizable by the great writers over the centuries who relied on Daniel Webster or the Oxford English Dictionary for their word pools.

Two acronyms dating back to World War II military slang are little used today, but they are as relevant, maybe more so now than when first coined.


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Among the Ohio legacy newspapers that endorsed Republican Rob Portman over Democrat Ted Strickland in 2016 – using the flimsy and transparently false excuse that Strickland couldn’t get anything done and would only contribute to gridlock in Washington – the Cleveland Plain Dealer (PD) wins the Plunderbund trophy for the state’s most shameless, spineless news group.

The shrinking paper and its platoon of reporters failed to see, maybe willfully so, just how bad Portman would be, even though his history as Bush’s budget director and then trade representative is a Twilight Zone guidepost to what he would do if given […]

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Former President Bill Clinton said it best in his speech at the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he shredded the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for lying about cuts to Medicare. “It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did,” Clinton ragged about the GOP ticket that went down in flames to a second run for a Democratic ticket of Obama-Biden.

Ohio’s junior senator in Washington, Republican Rob Portman, showed how brassy he can be when he criticized former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray for timing […]

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“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We’ve all put our hand over our hearts and said the current, and fourth version, of the Pledge of Allegiance.

After 241 years, evolving from colonies to an independent republic following the defeat of a king who saw new-world America as a cluster of colonies ripe for exploitation and subjugation, our once experimental democracy that’s served as a lantern of freedom and opportunity, lighting the way […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown got into a short but important verbal dustup with the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pushing a smash-and-grab tax bill Republicans want President Trump to sign before the year’s out so they can finally tell voters back home they got something done.

Street Fighting Man

The altercation wherein Brown bested Hatch bigly by blasting him with both barrels of simple clarity and biting reality showed why he’s on track to win a third term next year against any candidate Republicans throw at him, especially Ohio’s term-limited Treasure Josh […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has now overseen 59 consecutive months of sub-par job growth back in the Buckeye State.

Last week Kasich joked to a group of school administrators, asking them what more they could ask for with a balanced budget and Ohio “up 490,000 jobs?” Impressive figure until it’s put into context, when it actually looks pretty bad. Those who do know the context of Kasich’s scoreboard numbers, like Ohio’s premier job number data cruncher, George Zeller, what it means is Ohio continues to lag the national average in job creation. That is no joke.

Kasich takes […]

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Reports surfaced early Wednesday afternoon that Richard Cordray resigned from his Obama-era post leading the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, a job he was hand-selected to run by former President Barack Obama after first choice Elizabeth Warren, who conceptually birthed the agency Republicans hate, would have likely not made it through Senate confirmation hearings.

“As I have said many times, but feel just as much today as I ever have, it has been a joy of my life to have the opportunity to serve our country as the first director of the Consumer Bureau by working alongside all of you here,” […]

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