A political limerick by Skip Tenczar
With the invasion of Ukraine as a distraction,
There’s a supreme court nomination needing action.
But Ted Cruz was offended,
And his words aren't recommended.
For God’s sake senator -- just confirm Judge Jackson
Stephen Pimpare is a poverty expert, founder and director of the UNH Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy; he has previously taught at Columbia University, NYU, Simmons University, and the City University of New York.
Jeff Van Treese is a professor of pre-law, environmental science, and horticulture at Palm Beach State College. Jeff is a passionate environmental advocate that uses his knowledge as an attorney and scientist to enhance public awareness of environmental issues as host of Mobilized on Free Speech TV (also carried on multiple Pacifica affiliate stations).
Dean Spiliotes is a veteran political scientist and political analyst with broad expertise in presidential politics and policy, campaigns and elections - especially New Hampshire politics and its presidential primary. His extensive knowledge and experience brought him to Southern New Hampshire University, where he is Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Bob Hennelly has written and reported for the Village Voice, Pacifica Radio, WNYC, CBS MoneyWatch and other outlets. His book, "Stuck Nation: Can the United States Change Course on Our History of Choosing Profits Over People?" was published in 2021 by Democracy@Work. He is now a reporter for the Chief-Leader, covering public unions and the civil service in New York City.
We talk about Putin’s war. He is framing it as a ‘rescue mission’ to Russians, though the sanctions must be making it obvious that it is not. Republicans in the US were initially fawning to Putin, though they are now trying to step back from that opinion.
We discuss the oil companies’ profits over the last two years ($174 B in 2021), and their choice not to produce at higher levels in order to keep profits high. The high prices will have an effect in every sector of the economy.
We discuss Biden’s challenge: rhetorical. The ‘bully’ ethic is fading, and Zelenskyy’s approach is more indicative of one who cares for others, and may engage more people.
In Texas, many social workers are not obeying the governor’s directive to report parents who choose to support their transgender children. Beto O’Rourke is challenging Abbott directly for the office.
We talk about the role of public education in the US, which seems to have become more of a day care operation, rather than meeting educational goals. It is encouraging that in New Hampshire, voters have NOT supported the restrictive candidates, and are supporting public education and teachers, and to not want to have public funds funneled into private and parochial schools.