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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Speaking of a particularly creative murder suspect whose alibis grew increasingly more improbable, a veteran prosecutor once put it to me this way: “I’ve always found it’s easier to keep your story straight if you’re telling the truth to begin with.”

Paralyzingly obvious, perhaps. Yet it’s amazing how often people can get caught up in a well-told tale they wish to believe. The murderer had a considerable public following for a time. (Her story’s told in my book “Widow’s Web.”)

So it is in politics. All politicians dissemble some of the time, and we pretend to believe them. To name an obligatory political event in my home state, do you think they’re really thrilled to attend the annual Gillette, AR raccoon supper? Yet Bill Clinton and Sen. Dale Bumpers once crash-landed in an airplane getting there. What they do like is the admiration of crowds.

So it was with President Obama’s membership in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago congregation. Contrary to Mayor Cory Booker, there’s nothing “nauseating” about saying so. Did Obama share Wright’s impassioned racial views? Perhaps about as much as Catholics like me share the Vatican’s pronouncements about birth control. As an outsider with an unusual biography, Obama joined a church that sent the same message to his South Side constituents the coon supper sends to rural Arkansans: “I’m one of you.”

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  • “I don’t remember what I said on that particular occasion. But whatever I said, I stand by it now.” — Mitt Romney.

    In truth, how can Romney be expected to remember anything he’s said in the past? As a serial liar, Romney makes up his stand on issues to suit his audience of the day. Since he holds no firm views on much of anything, he can easily shift gears as needed. Fortunately for Romney, his core constitutency is unconcerned about the truth so he’ll be just fine.

    • This Election really scares me ! ! !

  • Ed

    Yeah, He’s Right!

  • If Romney becomes President,Lord Help Our Nation ! ! ! I pray that Florida doesn’t pull the same stunt that gave us George W.Bush ! ! ! Also, The Electoral College scares the H out of me ! ! ! We need the Popular Vote , especially after Bush ! !! ! !

    • Perhaps you haven’t heard. Fla. gov Rick Scott has ordered state officials to begin removing as many as 182,000 registered voters from approved voter rolls claiming they are ineligible. How odd. Most of these are latinos, democrats, and independents.

      • What can the little people do about this ? ? ? I am not from that state. Thank God ! ! !

  • quasm

    Mr. Lyons;

    How much debt does Pres. Obama have to get us into to buy prosperity?

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

    • Less then Bush !

    • None! Bush already got us into all the debt we can handle!

    • According to The Wall Street Journal and the CBO. In Bush’s 2009 fiscal budget, the last of GW Bush’s presidency, federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to 3.52 trillion. Check the official numbers at the office of management and budget. In fiscal 2010, the first budget under Obama, spending fell 1.8% t0 3.46 trillion. In fiscal 2011 spending rose 4.3% to 3.60 trillion. In fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7 to 3.63 trillion. In fiscal 2013, the latest budget of Obama’s term, spending is scheduled to fall 1.3% to 3.58 trillion. Read the CBO’s latest budget outlook.

      Much of the debt the U.S. has is because of : 1. The Iraqi war (which Obama finally ended) and the Afganistan war, which Obama plans to wind down in 2014. These wars were never even put on the books by GW Bush, so Obama put their expense on the books — which of course showed up as a huge debt. Plus since Bush took out huge loans to finance the wars, we also owe huge sums on the interest we are paying on these wars. 2. The Bush tax cuts which leave us with the lowest rate of taxation in 60 years. 3. The implementation of Bush’s medicare part B, which I agree with — but it is very expensive.

      Much of Obama’s spending was to repair the economic damage he inherited. Now, if all of the stimulus proposals Obama wanted to pass had actually gotten through Congress (the Republicans overroad most of them) Obama’s expenditures would have been much higher — but the unemployment rate would have been much lower. So there you have it.

  • 1,2,3, what are we voting for, don’t ask me I know I don’t remember.

  • ragingmadman

    Quasm and other republicans big thinkers simply do not understand economics. Obama has actually spent less per year than either Bush II or Reagan. The economy needs more stimulus and that,by getting people working, will start to bring down the deficit. The deficit is high not primarily due to spending but due to not enough tax revenues coming in to pay the expenses and all the expenses due to the slow economy. To explain, deficts have always been solved when more people go to work and pay taxes. Over the last 10 years, we cut taxes far below the level necessary to fund the gorvernment and then Bush put us into a war and gave us prescription drug. Then we get massive unemployment and even less comes in. In 1937 the republicans put the brakes on spending after objecting to FDR’s stimulus and it brought us a double dip depression. Exactly what will happen if Romney gets in.

  • William Deutschlander

    Richard Nixon typifies todays Republican Party, if you can get away with fraud, deceit, lies and distortion, DO IT!

  • Why are people coming around to this clown? It is just so clear to me what a puppet he is. Grover Norquist said, “All we need is someone who can sign their name.” Frightening!!!