Lance Simmens: The good news for the President is that he is on the verge of being able to point to a huge victory by virtue of an immense tax reduction package that virtually was patched together like a Rube Goldberg contraption right up until the 51st vote was counted.
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Lance Simmens: Today there are nearly 66 million people who have left their homes due to conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. That number has doubled in the past decade alone and is expected to continue to increase exponentially in the years to come.
Lance Simmens: Currently we are in danger of so altering that collective existence as to make it impossible for us as a species to continue to exist.
Lance Simmens: Chuck Grassley is an ignoramus, and Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are political drug dealers willing to numb their Republican colleagues with lies and deception.
Lance Simmens: Where racism exists, violence inevitably follows, with Charlottesville being only the latest sorry chapter in a continuing narrative that highlights its ugly persistence.
Lance Simmens: Making America Great Again means entertaining support from white supremacists, neo-Nazi’s, the Ku Klux Klan, the survivalist movement, vigilante militias, and it is all neatly packaged in a spiffy new advertising meme labelled the alt-right.
Lance Simmens: In the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, frenetic, and combustible nature of his campaign he was essentially telegraphing his governing philosophy, even if he didn’t know he had one.
Lance Simmens: If the Republican Party collectively does not take action to excise this curse from the body politic we may find ourselves in a situation where the consequences are irreparable.
Lance Simmens: Forget the swamp, forget forget the wall, and being sick of winning, we are enmeshed in a hopelessly divided nation run by corrupt officials who care more about power than party
Lance Simmens: Mr. Trump, leave the hard stuff to the professionals and stay on the golf course. In other words, STFU!
Lance Simmens: It is only a matter of time before President Trump will be confronted with a bona fide emergency that will require a sophisticated, coordinated, and professional set of political judgments and technical assessments that would test the most dedicated leader.
Lance Simmens: One of the most lasting acts of love our Baby Boom generation can show Millennials is to impress upon them how important the franchise of voting is to their and their neighbors’ well-being.
Lance Simmens: Our peripatetic cheerleader-in-chief swings wildly at pitches both inside and outside the strike zone and cannot distinguish between a fastball and a knuckler.