The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

Presidential Firsts


The United States has had 44 different persons serve as president.1 You can only say these things about one of them: At the date he was sworn in to office, he was a defendant in a massive criminal and civil fraud case; three, in fact. Two class action cases and one case brought by the…

Pogo, August 11, 1965, by Walt Kelly, © United Features Syndicate

The Uncanny Prophecy of Walt Kelly


Walt Kelly, for readers too young to remember (or too old to remember) was the creator and cartoonist for Pogo, a daily cartoon which ran from 1948 to 1975. WC has celebrated Kelly’s extraordinary work in past posts.1 But, since this is Friday the 13th and paraskevidekatriaphobia — a neologism derived from the combination of the Greek words…

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rat Deserts Sinking Ship


Paul Ryan has announced he is retiring. He won’t be standing for re-election. Another rat deserting the sinking ship of the Trump presidency. House Speaker Paul Ryan. The number three man in the federal government. The excuse? He wants to spend more time with his wife and family. That one doesn’t pass the red face…

Rachel Carson official USF&W photo, c. 1940

Silent Spring Reconsidered


When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announces yet another attack on the environmental laws and that protect us, it’s ironic, bitterly ironic, that the announcements are often made from the ceremonial auditorium on the third floor of EPA headquarters; from the Rachel Carson Room. The Rachel Carson room is just a few feet away from the EPA…

Fake News? You Want Fake News?


President Trump continuously rails about “Fake News.” He dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn’t like as “fake news.” A database of his public remarks contains 320 references in 2017 to “fake news.” But if you want real fake news, look no further than Trump himself, who is an absolute champion at false claims,…

She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft)


WC recently read the non-partisan Tax Policy Center’s report on the personal income tax impact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the Republicans’ signature tax bill enacted late last year. The TPC’s analysis brings to mind Tim DuBois’s 1982 country western song, made famous by Jerry Reed, “She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the…

The Real Witch Hunt


“There is indeed a witch hunt, and it’s led by Fox against special counsel Robert Mueller.” — Ralph Peters, former Fox News Commentator One definition, a political definition, of a “witch hunt” is, “A public smear-campaign against an individual.” In turn, a “smear campaign” is, “An effort to damage or call into question someone’s reputation,…