Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Archive for May, 2016

    Two Presidential Questions

    By on May 18, 2016 in See It Here

    While there are a few primaries remaining, both Hillary and Donald are making plans to go one-on-one with one-liners in upcoming presidential debates. And you can put Sept 26, October 9 and October 19 on your dance card to see/hear/read about them.

    The theme we’ve all heard this year is that Washington doesn’t work. Look, just because the House won’t even have a hearing on the president’s 2017 fiscal plan and the Senate won’t have a hearing on the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court doesn’t mean there’s something wrong…does it?

    So, note to the moderators-to-be who will be asking questions:

    1. Ask: What are you going to do differently to have both Republicans and Democrats discuss and vote on legislation the rest of us pay them to do?
    2. Ask:  If a candidate doesn’t answer a question, are you going to tell them they didn’t answer the question?

    After that, we can focus on one-liners again.

    Making America (not) Grate Again

    By on May 4, 2016 in See It Here

    Last June many of us watched Donald Trump come down his escalator and heard him tell us why we are lucky to have him as a presidential candidate because the United States, as seen from Trump Tower, sucks.

    Since then, some have said this seems more like a reality show with an apprentice as its star.

    I was one of them.

    Now that Donald has been called ‘the presumptive nominee” by RNC chairman Reince Priebus in a tweet, this reality show has become…well…real.

    The next two months will require a lot of learning for Donald and Republicans as preparations really begin for the GOP convention in Cleveland this July. The guy who tells us “The Art of the Deal” is a bestseller-blah-blah-blah is going to have to learn how to make his case without insults to those with plans to vote in November but who remain dubious about his ability to do it. We saw it begin at the most-recent Trump Tower appearance (no escalator this time) when the man he called “Lyin Ted” suddenly became  “a hell of a competitor.” Donald knows a New York Times poll shows half of Republicans are scared of him becoming the nominee.

    If Donald pulls this off,  “The Art of the Deal” will need a second edition.