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October 28, 1987 | By BARNARD SACKETT
Is it not about time politicians become accountable to the voters for the promises they make during their campaigns? Running for public office is big business. It takes tons of green paper and PR, along with those indistinguishable parasites who grab what they can for their own glory, families, friends and financial contributors. You mean you never knew that politicians are not really for you and your family? Political parties are concerned with one thing: win, regardless how. Producing Garry Trudeau's biting political musical satire, "Rap Master Ronnie," at On Stage Theatre, is a frightening and nightmarish reminder of how good looks, ambition, greed, proper dressing, well-paid PR and well-heeled citizens looking only after their own backsides, backyards and backgammon, can and have taken over reins of government, destroying what they think is alien to their ambitions, their souls and their tax portfolios.
NEWS
April 13, 2003
Philadelphia politics has had its fine moments and memorable personalities. Shed a tear for W. Thacher Longstreth, who died Friday at the age of 83. He is a political throwback whose half-century of public service represents the best of Philadelphia politicians. Mr. Longstreth was an eighth generation Quaker, a white-haired patrician with a long gait, argyle socks, a bow tie, and a perpetual wink at the world. He was the rare gentleman-as-public-servant. He tried and failed to win the mayor's office in 1955 and 1971.
NEWS
March 31, 1986 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neil Oxman was in mourning. His dismay had nothing to do with the winter rain that was drenching Center City as he dodged puddles and cars outside his Locust Street office. He was despondent because Jules Patt no longer wanted to be governor. Oxman, a lawyer by training, a professional golf caddy by avocation and a media consultant by trade, had been casting the unknown Patt as America's next Lee Iacocca, trying to televise the Altoona real estate developer into the consciousness of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
November 6, 1990 | BY DAVE BARRY
Recently, in a deviation from Standard Journalism Procedure, I've been talking with members of the public. We journalists generally avoid members of the public because they always tell us that we get everything wrong, although in fact what they're usually talking about is insignificant errors such as identifying James Baker as "the governor of Connecticut," when he is technically the mayor of Connecticut. So usually we journalists prefer to obtain our information about the public by watching it walk past our cafeteria windows.
NEWS
November 6, 2003 | By Don Harrison
Judging from the commercials during the recent election, the real enemy we face is not terrorism, not Saddam, not the deficit, not godless communism (R.I.P.). The real enemy is: Politicians. Commercial after commercial (especially those for New Jersey races) urged voters to "send a message to the politicians in [fill in the blank]" or "my opponent is a career politician. " Gasp. Harsh words. We wouldn't want a lot of politicians mucking around in politics, would we?
NEWS
December 27, 2010
TO THE good people of Philadelphia, the thought occurred to me that no one appreciates you even at Christmas. The economy is in a downward spiral, bills are piling up and our local politicians don't seem to care. Mayor Nutter comes off as fake in every photo-op. He should try to help his fellow citizens in any way that he can. Maybe he and all his fellow politicians should cut their salaries and see what it is like to barely get by. We all are struggling. Whether you are a police officer, firefighter or Philadelphia Parking Authority lot officer, you need every dime you can get. It is a shame that these politicians don't care.
NEWS
April 23, 1996 | By WILLIAM RASPBERRY
Americans, says the Associated Press report, are "disenchanted with the Republican Congress" and are about to trounce Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in his quest for the presidency. The source of that wisdom is a nationwide Los Angeles Times poll that shows Dole trailing President Clinton by 55 percent to 37 percent - and that also has a plurality of voters agreeing with the statement that the Republicans don't "deserve to maintain control of Congress. " Obviously that cannot be good news for Dole and the Republicans.
NEWS
February 10, 2002 | By John R. Lott, Jr
A lot of politicians have been explaining the money they have gotten from Enron. When U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.), the powerful ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was asked about the donations he got, he said: "When somebody gives me money, they, I assume, are supporting one thing: good government. And that's what they got, and that's what Enron got. " After a successful discharge petition in the House, another vote on campaign finance regulations will soon emerge in Congress.
NEWS
October 26, 1987 | By David S. Broder
Virtually the first question a visitor from Washington was asked at the midweek luncheon here of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall was this: Will the stock market crash shock the politicians into doing something, finally, about the ever-mounting national debt? The answer from this corner was a resounding "maybe," but the impulse was to rush over and hug the blue-haired lady who had asked. She had just confirmed this itinerant reporter's belief that the people are way ahead of the politicians on this issue.
NEWS
June 19, 1989 | BY LOU CANNON
Attorney General Richard Thornburgh performed a useful public service when he threatened Justice Department leakers of scurrilous information about the supposed misconduct of Rep. William H. Gray. Gray has since been elected Democratic Party whip in the House. Journalists are usually troubled by public officials who suppress anything except the most top-secret information. We were put on notice by Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson, who considered questioning of their motives or revelations about their conduct acts of disloyalty.
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