Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

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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Ohio’s governor is well known for his sanctimonious, self-righteous, ego-inflating religiosity that he deploys when he’s in a jam and needs an escape hatch to exit a debate he won’t fare well in.

Calculating that he can’t call himself a Republican these days because the brand is now toxic, after Donald Trump was allowed to hijack it and candidates like Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore allowed to abuse it,  John Kasich now thinks calling himself a “conservative” is a safe self-identifier even though he’s as Republican today as he was at the start of his political career nearly 40 years […]

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It seems just like yesterday when Republican President George W. Bush and his budget director, Ohio’s now-junior senator in Washington Rob Portman, were promising a bounty of good times and good jobs with high wages that would cascade down across all sectors of the economy if their trillion-dollar income tax cuts were approved.

After two unpaid-for rounds of lucrative and risky tax cuts, both in the trillions, what two terms of 43’s administration delivered was a net loss of 396,000 private sector jobs, marking one of the most sluggish job creation eras in modern times. […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich had dual national TV cameo gigs lined up Sunday, one on ABC’s “This Week” and another on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The governor who lost badly last year when he tried his second run at the White House was in line to be asked to weigh-in on Alabama Republican Judge Roy Moore’s upcoming election to the U.S. Senate. Moore, whose choice of clothing sometimes makes him look like Woody, the lead character in Toy Story, is no stranger to controversy.

He’s on the hot seat again, this time over whether a now […]

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“Are you a Core Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between?” That’s the enticing sales pitch to take a 17-question quiz that determines which “Political Typology” group you fit in. Your results will be compared with a nationally representative survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults by Pew Research Center.

These first two questions are offered to wet your appetite to take the other 15:

“The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt?”

“The government today can’t afford to do much more to help […]

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Democratic hopes of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives next year are now sky high after results from this past Tuesday’s elections showed voters in Virginia, New Jersey, Washington, Maine, and other states around the country were more than eager to deliver defeats to Republican candidates who either openly embraced or distanced themselves from President Donald Trump and his destructive, dysfunctional agenda.

While results were spectacular in states that pushed back on Trumpism, expectations for Ohio contributing bigly to Democrats regaining power in the U.S. House should be tamped down, if an analysis by […]

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