And then there were 10: recapping the September Democratic Debate

Last night we saw the third Democratic presidential debate and, as the field narrows, it is time to take a look at how the ten candidates faired. Let’s break it down in reverse order of popularity (just to be different) according to the opinion of one not-so-humble Democrat. Former Housing Secretary Julian Casto Castro probably raised the most eyebrows when he openly attacked the current front runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, asking if he had “forgotten what [he] said two minutes ago” in relation to Biden’s health care plan…

Freedom’s Last Stand?

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan Last month my wife and I took a cruise into the Western Caribbean. It has been many years since we were able to embark on such a vacation. It was a welcome respite from the daily routine. This trip was a bit different than others. This excursion was experienced through the lens…

Medicare for All is Care for None

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Medicare For All Act Of 2019

“The true purpose of the Affordable Care Act is to destroy private insurance companies and make single-payer unavoidable.” – Chief Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel “We must defeat them (giant health insurance lobbies) together. That means: Joining every other major country on Earth and guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.” – Berniesanders.com “The Democrats believe that the only solution to a failed government program is another government program.” Andrew Wilkow, Patriot XM Radio. One of the key issues on…

Green No deal

“The Green New Deal wasn’t originally a climate thing at all…we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” – Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. “As President, Bernie Sanders will launch the decade of the Green New Deal, a ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered around justice and equity during which climate change will be factored into virtually every area of policy, from immigration to trade to foreign policy and beyond.” – Berniesanders.com Here we are many months after the idea of the Green New Deal was forwarded. Initially thought…

#worsethanstelter

Brian Stelter

“I must have killed more men than Cecil B. De MIlle.” — The Waco Kid, aka Jim, from the film, “Blazing Saddles”. When I look back at many of the polemics I entered for submission to cachevalleydaily.com and Utah Politico Hub regarding Donald Trump over the past four years, I must admit that I have allowed hyperbole to run amok.  So intense was my disdain for Trump as a man and as a politician that I relegated my weekly column to become nothing more than an amalgam of frothy magniloquence.…

The Godfather of All Nicknames

“Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again…ever.” —Michael Corleone, from the film “The Godfather” There are many rules and standards a person should adhere to if they grow up living in a South Philadelphia neighborhood. Near the top of that list is to never be outwardly upset if you are given a terrible nickname. If you do, it will stick. You might as well tattoo that nickname on your forehead. If your friends are in charge of…

The Decline of the Great American City

The airwaves are blazing again with reaction to a Trump tweet. In his usual boisterous style, President Trump is taking on Representative Elijah Cummings, who has been seated in Maryland’s Seventh District since 1996. Cummings has attacked the President and his family and Trump, ever the equal opportunity combatant has responded by pointing out that Cumming’s district is in decline. Trump’s actual hyperbole may border on inappropriate, but he is making a very significant point. I have lived in sixteen cities in twelve states over my lifetime. This includes Cincinnati,…

Donald Trump vs the Squad

Donald Trump saw “The Squad” getting all of the attention and wanted to involve himself somehow. Or maybe he saw too much attention being paid to his former friend Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex abuse case, or to the deplorable conditions in detention centers by the border, and he wanted a distraction. Whatever the motivation, it was a good political strategy to enter the fray with the “Dems in Disarray.” Unfortunately, he did it in a racist way. The Squad are to Nancy Pelosi what the Tea Party was to John…

A Summary and Analysis of the USWNT Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

As I write this post, the United States Women’s National Team (UWSNT) is preparing to play in the final game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with an opportunity to win a second consecutive and unprecedented fourth overall world title.  It’s hard to think of a more successful United States international competition team. While it’s always fun to watch and support a winner, the USWNT is a joy to watch for reasons outside of on-the-field dominance.  It’s full of strong personalities and hard workers, who, in my estimation, represent…

Kamala Harris Rises, Joe Biden Falls in Night 2 of Democratic Debate

I skipped Night 1 of the debate. I went back and watched highlights but wasn’t really that enthused. Night 2 had more of the bigger guns (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg), and they didn’t disappoint, at least as far as drama goes. My impressions of how they did, in order of how well they did. 1. KAMALA HARRIS – She has presence, which is very important in debate performances. She had commanding use of her time and had the best one-liners. She looked like she belonged. But…