by Ron Chapman
The American Democracy is the first experiment in citizen control of government in two thousand years. Since that time, the age of democracy has arisen. Over the past two hundred years more nations have turned to democracy than any other form of government.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett
Obama ends on high note
President Barack Obama is ending his two-term reign as president on a high note. His job approval rating is at 58%, which puts him among the highest of modern-day presidents.
Much is being said about Donald Trump’s new press secretary—his name is twitter. Some love it and join our president-elect in the optimism for the future.
Then, there’s others who have take a different view. The media goes ballistics and becomes hysterical every time the digital communications future commander in chief goes into operations. Although Trump and his followers believe he is the man of the future, some believe the leaders of our past would be stone-faced with embarrassment over his emotional twitter tirades.
Though Donald Trump isn’t sure if a guy in Jersey hacked the Democrats, or not, U.S. intelligence services are confident it was the Russians trying to help #anyonebutclinton. It’s not like Trump needed the help, as it turns out, because the Clinton campaign’s deplorable blunders doomed Hillary, even before Bernie was tossed out of the lifeboat with his hands still bound. Notwithstanding, it boggles the imagination that Russia would set out to elect a rightist Republican as the next U.S. President, but as the Nobel Poet Laureate Bob Dylan, said, “For the times they are a-changin.’”
Donald Trump is not even in the White House and he is already saving jobs. Within the past few weeks, he has helped secure jobs at an automobile factory in Kentucky and at a Carrier plant in Indiana. In fact, Carrier was threatening to take 2,000 jobs to Mexico, but will now retain 1,100 jobs in Indiana, mostly due to Trump’s deal making abilities.
Don’t expect President Obama to go away as quietly as an Irish mother’s whisper. It’s not going to happen. For starters, he was leader of the Democratic Party for the last eight years. This is good news for a scandal-plagued DNC that’s, essentially, rudderless right now. But, who needs an administrator when you have a shadow President to direct the party’s activities from behind the statuary. There are rumors that his Presidential Library is going to be built on K Street.
In November of 2008, the world of conservatism was rocked by the overwhelming victory of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th President.
Perhaps coming at the right time, one week before the national elections, the Obama Administration is pleased with th improvement in the GDP. Here is a statement from Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, on the advance estimate of GDP for the third quarter of 2016. You can view the statement HERE.
Do young voters really care about who runs their local, state and federal government? Whatever buzz inspired younger voters to support Barack Obama has been severely diminished by the gridlock in Washington. Voters under thirty (and the rest of us, for that matter) have witnessed conflict and partisan politics while the economy languishes and major problems go unresolved. The idealism of youth is being replaced by a cynicism towards those in charge, and this includes from the President right down to the local level.
As if we needed another example of how both the Pres. Barack Obama Administration nationally and the Mayor Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans fall prey to ideology over how the world really works, here comes an “Assessment of Fair Housing” document that puts wishful thinking ahead of the realities of human behavior.