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  POST FROM GEORGE All Democratic eyes are focused on the presidential primaries and on which of the twenty-some-odd candidates is their favorite. They focus on one policy promise after the next looking for those they like best. Tax reform that helps the lower and middle classes, closes the wealth gap, and reduces our soaring national debt. Medicare for All that makes health care a right and affordable. Tuition-free college education. Forgiveness of the massive burden of education debt. Investment in infrastructure. Legislation that puts an end to gerrymandering. And… Read more THE WHITE HOUSE ISN’T ENOUGH

Trump approval 46% (?) and 2020 Tidbits

The latest polls on presidential approval has DJT at high of 46% in Gallup’s late April poll.  What does that mean?  It is unclear.  A look at the historical data from Gallup may be helpful.  In the last half of 2018, his rating showed little variation, ranging from 39-42%.  All of this with samples with error rates of +/-4%. 2019* April (17-30)   46% April (1-9)       45% March              39% February          44% January            37% 2018* December       39% November       39% October           40% September       40%… Read more Trump approval 46% (?) and 2020 Tidbits

Looking Ahead to 2020

SURVEY OF POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS Morning Consult reported the results of a survey of approximately 13k individuals who indicated that they were likely to vote in the democratic primaries. The horse race data is what you would expect. Table entries are percentages of likely Democratic primary voters. Candidate Very Favorable Somewhat Favorable No Opinion, Unknown Somewhat Unfavorable Very Unfavorable Biden 45 33 9 9 4 Sanders 34 41 8 9 6 Warren 19 36 28 12 5 Harris 18 30 40 8 5 Booker 16 26 44 9 4… Read more Looking Ahead to 2020


[from my friend, Margaret, previously published in Second Journey} Eleven spirited elders – ranging in age from 50 to 87, met in the non-fiction section at Quail Ridge Books recently and faced reality together:  we are aging, and we will die.  What to do? Seated in a small circle within a large circle of books about art, science and philosophy, we pondered both infinite finality and infinite possibility.  Quandaries, both spoken and unspoken, migrated across the spaces between us.  How do we enlarge our lives so that we arrive at… Read more CRIMINALS OF A CERTAIN AGE

Coming Up For Air?

Dear Y’all, As you may have noticed, I have added only a few posts since the 2016 election.  There have been several reasons for the absence of new posts on theleftcorner.  In part, however, that absence results from a sense of what I can only call despair at the state of American politics. The election of Deadbeat Donald, his antics, and the tragic results and horrific implications of his and his administration’s policies and pronouncements have left me with little more than a strong, almost constant, urge to spew forth… Read more Coming Up For Air?

The Problem of “whataboutism” and False Equivalence in Recent Commentary on Violence

Hugh Hewitt, a right wing radio personality and pundit, is one of the current masters of “whataboutism.”  This term refers to the excuse that Trump supporters use whenever their hero yet again does something heinous (Yeah, Trump did this but what about….).  The most current version of this is Hewitt’s and others’ claims that Trump’s rhetoric has nothing to do with the most recent episodes of political violence and domestic terrorism. Hewitt’s Argument (from the Washington Post) “After the arrest of a Florida man for sending homemade bombs to former president Barack… Read more The Problem of “whataboutism” and False Equivalence in Recent Commentary on Violence


  From George: As our Warlock-n-Chief is fond of saying, the Special Counsel investigation may be ”the greatest witch hunt in history” – and, I might add, the most successful. Robert Mueller has just delivered another load of witches. The response by the White House communications people traveling with Trump was astounding for its totally narcissistic focus on the fact that the indictment didn’t say that anyone in Trump’s orbit was named. It offered not even one word of condemnation of Russia for its blatant attack on the very basis… Read more THE WITCH HUNT


A PERSONAL TALE Believe it or not, I am a former National Rifle Association (NRA) member.  I purchased a firearm while I was in Texas and got a year’s free membership, plus a really nice multitool with a rosewood handle. I purchased a firearm?  Yes, I lived with spouse and dogs in a rural area literally crawling with a variety of poisonous snakes (bad for dogs, children, and two-legged creatures). I also got an NRA sticker for my back window.  I put it there next to my OBAMA sticker and… Read more A FORMER NRA MEMBER CONFESSES

Sensible Gun Safety Proposals from George

People – men, women and children – living in the United State are 25 times more likely to die from being shot than those living in all of the other industrial nations combined. There would seem to be but three explanations for our abysmal status. First, Americans could be crazier than those in the other industrialized nations – maybe possessing up to 25 times the mental health problems. Although greater attention to mental health would be good for our country, mental health doesn’t hold water as a explanation for our… Read more Sensible Gun Safety Proposals from George

George’s “Good-Bye Trump” Scenario

Charles and I are inching a bit closer together. However, once again I must differ with a point Charles raised. Whether or not a sitting president can be brought to trial on criminal charges is often debated but it is not settled law. It has never been adjudicated. It came close in the Watergate scandal but, in United States vs Nixon, the Warren court decided that it could deny Nixon’s ability to use executive privilege without addressing the broader issue of whether or not criminal charges could be brought against… Read more George’s “Good-Bye Trump” Scenario

Charles Sticks By His Guns, Sort of

Since the Us DOJ can’t bring charges against POTUS, then it will have to be a state AG who tries to bring any charges against POTUS. The legal knots generated by such an effort would take an enormous amount of time and effort to untangle. Any tough issue will, like the 2000 election suit, be decided by a majority R Supreme Court. Without state action, the Rs in the House of Representatives must bring impeachment charges against DJT for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”  That will NEVER happen. I don’t really… Read more Charles Sticks By His Guns, Sort of

George Has Problems with My Predictions, Too

The fly in the ointment regarding impeachment is Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters. Although his overall approval rating has been hovering between 37% and about 40%, approval among Republican votes has been fairly steady at 84% to 85%. It is unlikely that House Republicans would go anywhere near an impeachment vote UNLESS: This percentage drops markedly at least to 60% -65% and it may even have to go lower than that to scare them into action. They will be very cautious about riling those who vote for them. They… Read more George Has Problems with My Predictions, Too

George Thinks That DJT Won’t Last

For those of you who followed “Two Guys” in the run up to the election will remember my friend, George.  He has decided that I am wrong about how long we will have to deal with DJT.  I hope he is right, but I still think we are stuck for the full term. (Though I desperately hope George is right, until I think of President Pence.) It is rare for me to disagree with Charles, but I have long believed that Trump will not survive a full term. He and… Read more George Thinks That DJT Won’t Last


 I just completed Gilbert King’s compelling non-fiction work, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. The book deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize… Read more The Devil Still Lives : Gilbert King’s DEVIL IN THE GROVE: THURGOOD MARSHALL, THE GROVELAND BOYS, AND THE DAWN OF A NEW AMERICA.

Likely Dem Primary Voters, Women’s Issues, and Elizabeth Warren

Consult’s 5/27-6/2 weighted online poll of almost 17,000 registered voters who are likely to vote in the Democratic Primary remains much like their earlier polls.1 Among all likely Dem primary voters: Biden                   38% Sanders              19% Warren               10% (was 9%, first time in double digits) Harris                  7% Buttigieg             7% O’Rourke            4% Booker                3% Every other announced candidate was at or below 1% But another option did stand out:  2% wanted Someone Else, whom I know well and like a good bit. The results are basically the same for potential primary… Read more Likely Dem Primary Voters, Women’s Issues, and Elizabeth Warren

Business as Nasty as Usual for Florida Nursing Home Industry

Nursing Homes, Medicaid Rates, and Campaign Contributions As part of its investigative series on nursing home care in Florida, Naples Daily News (part of the USA Today Network) reports that the new Medicaid reimbursement system for Florida’s nursing homes, scheduled for full implementation in 2023, will increase reimbursement for some of the state’s most poorly performing facilities by millions of dollars while simultaneously reducing reimbursement for some of the state’s best performing facilities by millions of dollars.  It reports that the nursing home industry made large campaign contributions to state legislators to support… Read more Business as Nasty as Usual for Florida Nursing Home Industry

Trump supporters are “10-tooth rubes?”

Rick Wilson is a Republican strategist (i.e., operative) who rails at Trump for not being a Republican or a conservative.  He recently indicated that Trump’s supporters are basically a bunch of “10-tooth rubes.” I enjoy all insults aimed at Deadbeat Donald and those who support him. (Unfortunately, I can’t be the change I want to see.) However, I get increasingly tired of Rs who just wash their hands of Trump, saying “he is a horror, and he is not one of us.”  These commentators are partially correct.  He is a… Read more Trump supporters are “10-tooth rubes?”