Author Archives: Larry Horist

HORIST: Please stop making me defend Trump

Over the course of the past two years, I have often written about my disdain for the Trump personality.  Of the 16 candidates in the Republican primary, he was my 17th choice.  I have constantly called him out for his pugnacious personality, his sophomoric name-calling and the too frequent bending the truth to the breaking point over matters that seemed rather inconsequential. At ...

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HORIST: Bernie Sanders and a job for everyone. Really?

Bernie Sanders uses the oxymoron “democratic socialist” to describe himself.  In doing so, he feigns to be philosophically attached to the European and Scandinavian family of left-wing ideology – what one might call socialist-lite. Sanders’ latest proposal puts him a bit further left than our Euro friends, more into the realm of communist-style socialist.  Yeah!  Yeah! I know it is ...

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HORIST: Is the hyphen destroying the American culture?

The answer to the title question is a definitive “probably.”  It started innocently enough.  Newly arrived immigrants were identified with the new status as American citizens and the nation of their birth. The women’s movement decided that taking the last name of the male marriage partner was sexist Initially, I viewed it as more of a Hispanic tradition where such name connecting has ...

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HORIST: Unspinning the ‘bad’ news

If you have been following the Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Washington Post) for the past couple weeks, you will have been told over and over again – and even over again – that the news for Donald Trump has been very, very – and one more very – bad. In between all the doom and gloom ...

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A different perspective on Trump and Russia

It should be obvious to anyone who follows today’s so-called cable news shows – meaning watching all of them at times – that there is a dishonest and dangerous bias.  The most obvious by far is MSNBC.  Almost without exception, the anchors and panelists spin every report and analysis against President Trump, Republicans and conservatives. The corporate mission is obvious.  ...

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HORIST: North Korea, the politics and the prospects

For more than a quarter of a century – covering five presidencies – the United States, along with the United Nations and virtually the entire civilized world, have maintained a policy that a nuclear North Korea was unacceptable.  We should dwell on that last word, “unacceptable.”  To we common folk (not skilled in the art of diplomatic double talk), that ...

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The blame for the government shutdown is obvious

Whether it is because they live in their own bubble of virtual reality or because they think they can get away with lying, Democrats create false narratives to advance their agenda.  It is probably a little of the first and a lot of the second.  Part of the reason they can fib with abandon is because they know the Big ...

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Democrats deserve ‘Pinocchios’ for ‘bullcrap’ claims about the tax bill

Things got heated during a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee when the very liberal Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, advanced the specious political talking point that the Republicans were working for the rich in developing the tax reform bill.  The sartorial and usually calm committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, had enough of what he referred to as “bullcrap.”  In looking ...

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SPECIAL – Tribalism in the wake of Las Vegas

In a very dramatic and tragic way, the reaction to the shooting in Los Vegas may indicate whether America represents a culture or a collection of tribes.  The immediate answer on the scene suggests we are a strong culture, bonded together by a remarkable dedication to noble core values. The concert was a collection of some 23,000 people drawn from ...

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HORIST : More money will not fix health care

For political reasons, the Obama administration lied to pass health care legislation that promised to cover all the uninsured at reduced premiums.  Those covered could keep their doctors and their preferred health plans.  This was never possible even with forcing young people to pay premiums or penalties for coverage they did not want or need — and that carried deductibles ...

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