Posts in category "Elections"

Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama in 2016

A bumper sticker for Hillary Clinton for president and Michelle Obama for vice president in 2016. Yikes! Apparently, it’s an old story, but someone already is spending the money printing bumper stickers. What else is being done? Order my new historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812, from Amazon  To subscribe to the Barbershop, type your email address... Read more »

What's New York Mayor Bloomberg's millions doing in the election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.?

Buying the election, that’s what. You’d think that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s south suburban and Kankakee district has become a New York City borough from the way that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spreading around campaign contributions there. Reports Huff Post Politics: WASHINGTON — Through his super PAC, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has... Read more »

Marco Rubio, the GOP's foam party candidate

Marco Rubio, the popular Republican senator from Florida and often-mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate, said a foam party set him straight and on the path to marry his now wife, Jeanette. As reported in a December, 2012 GQ magazine interview: GQ: You’re the first senator I’ve ever spoken to who had a transformative life... Read more »
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Just how much taxes should the rich pay to be fair?

There are few good answers What’s fair? Upon that question revolved a presidential election and the economic future of America. What’s not fair, we’re told, is rich people not paying higher taxes. But no one seems able to say just how much more they should cough up. The fairness argument won President Barack Obama re-election... Read more »

Mel Reynolds Got Out of Jail In 2001, compliments of Bill Clinton. Why?

Carol Felsenthal asks the question in ChicagoMag.com. Why, indeed?

Could Barack Obama have beaten John F. Kennedy?

Could John F. Kennedy, an icon of Democratic politics, have defeated Barack Obama for the presidency? No. Not possible. JFK would have been running to the right, possibly far to the right, of Obama. I was around for JFK, and Barack, you are no JFK. Why does it matter? Why did I even bring it... Read more »
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Barack Obama wins; Illinois company loses $1 million order

There’s one small businessman who had ordered $1 million in earth-moving equipment from Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc., in the hope and expectation that perhaps the economy will turn around. This is a Republican contractor I know who had put aside his dislike of President Barack Obama’s punitive small business policies to place a bet on the... Read more »

Bararck, I'd settle for just 'a little better is yet to come.'

A re-elected President Barack Obama offered the view in his victory speech Tuesday night that “”We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.” I’m not sure what “best” he has in mind, but apparently 50 percent of Americans... Read more »

Good riddance, political consultants

If we can criminalize prostitution, why can’t we outlaw political campaign consultants? Maybe if we could, we wouldn’t have had to endure those gawdawful campaign ads that crawled out from their minds’ darkest recesses. If you’re put off by the “negative tone” of a candidate’s campaign, look first to the political consultant. Candidates routinely put... Read more »
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If Bush was blamed for the slow response to Katrina, why isn't Obama blamed for leaving millions in the cold and dark?

Hear that? The silence of the media? No criticism of President Barack Obama for the slow clean-up following hurricane Sandy? People are suffering, huddled in dark homes–if they have a home left–without heat or light. People left homeless. Some scrounging through piles of donated clothing because everything they have except the clothes they’re wearing gone.... Read more »
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