Politics, Moderate



The Rogue Pogue

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Pogues -- we've all experienced them. They're the bad managers who get in the way of the job getting done. From the feckless supervisor to the CEO, the term pogue is actually scornful military slang, an infantry slur. It means "people other than grunts," and pogues were best described to me as "those in their air-conditioned offices who make ...Read more

We should say thank you to medical protectors by equipping them with the tools they need

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

We still have shreds of civility left. I love it when people walk up to those in uniform and say, "Thank you for your service." It is a recognition of their courage and sacrifice. And now we should add gratitude for those in the medical profession.

Many of them are risking their lives on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus. ...Read more

Let's declare the president nonessential and get him out of the way

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

No matter what the paralyzing national crisis, some things never change, like the inevitable disputes over who is "essential" and which jobs are "nonessential." Through all the partial federal government shutdowns, that distinction has become a status symbol. And even though this worldwide medical calamity is an infinitely more serious threat to...Read more

Commander Covid may be realizing his scam isn't working

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Try as he might, he just can't sell his con, and nothing aggravates him more than the realization that his scam isn't working.

One thing about the Trump era, it has been a case study of the two H's: hostility and hucksterism. And by now, a growing number of us have long recognized that he never can sustain his playacting for more than a day or ...Read more

We need a test to quantify the BS factor on Capitol Hill

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's high time someone came up with a way to quantify the BS factor. No, that doesn't mean what you think it does. What this one would measure is the number of times officials at their various task force public briefings bow and scrape to President Donald Trump, obsequiously flattering him and ignoring his daily deluge of nonsense. I suppose ...Read more

Testing our society

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Admit it. Many of you who heard that President Donald Trump had finally decided to take a coronavirus test were rooting for it to come back positive, meaning he had contracted the disease and at the very least would have to self-quarantine.

That is not acceptable, people. We can't wish harm on anyone -- not even Donald Trump, not anyone. Period...Read more

Looking forward to nonstop surprises

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's true for politics as well as investing: Bubbles will burst. Right now, for example, the economy that seemed to be riding high has suddenly been laid low by a virus that was discovered only a couple of months ago. And in politics, if I were Joe Biden, I'd be really worried about the spreading virus of success.

Suddenly he's up, to the point...Read more

Meadows will be instituting Trump's Rose Garden Rosey scenario

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Forget March Madness brackets; the real gambling has to do with Trump Madness. The hottest bet of all: How long will Mark Meadows last as White House chief of staff?

Meadows, the right wing Congressman from North Carolina, is resigning and moving from the Capitol to the White House and replacing Mick Mulvaney, who had been the right wing ...Read more

Whither Michael Bloomberg

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Will I get in trouble if I observe that Samoa is not just a Girl Scout cookie? American Samoa is a U.S. territory, some 6,000 miles from the mainland, and the site of Michael Bloomberg's first victory on Super Tuesday. He even beat Tulsi Gabbard, who was born there before moving on to become a congresswoman from Hawaii and an outlier Democratic ...Read more


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