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Sheldon Drobny was the co-founder of Nova M radio and ¬†Air America Radio. He has supported many philanthropic causes. Mr. Drobny specializes in business and tax matters and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as a non-attorney. Less than 200 non-attorneys have been admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court since its inception in 1942. Mr. Drobny received a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary fraternity recognizing acadamic achievement in colleges of business administration.
The Rube Goldberg Electoral College
In 2000 democracies of the rest of the world were shocked that the winner of the popular vote could lose the presidential election. Many of these countries thought that our electoral system resembled a "banana republic."
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Kerry's Visit to Hiroshima
John Kerry is the 1st American Secretary of State or U.S. Government official to lay a wreath at the Hiroshima Memorial. The total civilian casualties from U.S. Bombings over Japan was well in excess of 500,000. But, the greater tragedy to the world was that this event unwittingly triggered the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.
Friday, April 15, 2011(2 comments)
OIL COMPANY PRICE INCREASES: FACT OR FICTION
Why do oil producing companies raise gasoline prices when crude oil prices increase? The answer seems self evident. Higher raw material cost should justify increases in finished product prices. However, the oil companies make enormous additional profits during times of price increases for crude oil.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Raising Taxes Helps The Rich
Most of the wealthy class are addicted to money just as any other substance or emotional addiction. This addiction can only be broken as it is in any 12 step program by a tough program of recovery which can only be enforced by the government
Saturday, September 20, 2008(7 comments)
Saving the Wealthy Class from Itself
It is not enough for the government to assist just the ownership of the financial industry. Now that the government is the effective owner, it must also fund the borrowers and keep the loans on the books to prevent even more of a crisis. The socialization of business that we are experiencing must be accompanied by a safety net socialization of the customer base in order for this plan to work.
Friday, August 29, 2008(7 comments)
Obama Is Surrounded By Too Many Old White Guys
As I am writing this, McCain has just announced the selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. From a tactical point of view that selection will seriously impact many in the electorate who already have gender bias and particularly the Hillary supporters. By comparison, Obama in my opinion picked the worst possible running mate in Joe Biden.
Saturday, June 28, 2008(5 comments)
Is Obama Really A Change Candidate? Perhaps Not
It is not that the recent centrist moves by Obama involve issues that are vital. One can even argue that perhaps politically his vote on FISA, support of the 2nd Amendment, and opposing limits on the death penalty are less important than the need to win in November by appealing to the so-called center. The issue is betrayal to a promise of change.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Politics of Sexism And Racism
The question arises as to what extent race and gender had an impact on voters and whether that affected the outcome of the primary.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008(11 comments)
What's Happening To Obama?
OK. I just wrote the congratulatory article below a month ago and today Obama disagrees with the Supreme Court decision striking down the death penalty in cases not involving murder
Wednesday, June 18, 2008(10 comments)
McBush Is Stupid Or Lying About Offshore Drilling
The recent comments by McCain alias McBush or McSame about offshore drilling are patently absurd. This diversion as a possible solution to our dependence on foreign oil is a nonstarter for those familiar with the problem and its solution.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Remembering My Father
Ironically Tim Russert died on the 21st anniversary of my father's death. As I wrote in my book, Road To Air America, like Russert, my father was my mentor and guiding force. He witnessed American history since he came to the U.S. in 1920 from a small town in Poland called Nova Miasto. I named our radio network Nova M Radio in honor of his birth place.
Monday, June 9, 2008(3 comments)
Eisenhower "I Shall Go To Korea " Speech
When McCain accuses Obama of surrender, we should all remember that Ike, a Republican, presented a similar promise to end the Korean War and won by a landslide in 1952. Ike arguably was one of our greatest war leaders and a 5 star General.
My Letter To Obama
Now that you are moving into the next phase of your campaign, I strongly advise you to use the same strategy in the national election. There is no reason for you to move to any arbitrary perception of the so-called "center."
Sunday, May 18, 2008(3 comments)
The Sin Of Moses-The Use Of Force
I have often thought about the portion of the Torah that describes the reason why God denied Moses the right to cross into the promised land.
Friday, May 16, 2008(5 comments)
Rehabilitating Hillary Clinton
In order for Hillary to find her "voice" as a Democrat she must listen to the right voices that represent the base of her party and the rational approach to governing based upon principal and not politics.
The Mass Media Reports Massive Distortions
Anyone who saw the ABC debate yesterday know full well how low mass media can go to accomplish their perceived objectives. They believe that audiences will continue to accept the biases that they report for the benefit of their corporate masters.
Monday, April 14, 2008(4 comments)
Welcome Back To Randi Rhodes
I am pleased to report that Randi Rhodes is back on the air on our Nova M Radio network. She is now home with us where we started 4 years ago when we started Air America Radio(AAR). She joins Mike Malloy making Nova the premiere grass roots liberal talk radio network.
God Damn America's Media: Rev. Wright's Comment On Hiroshima
Rev. Wright's comment about his belief that Hiroshima was part of America's disregard for human life led to his comment: "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people"
Friday, March 14, 2008(3 comments)
Super Delegate 911 Alert: We Have An Emergency
I was wondering what new information the uncommitted super delegates need to make their decision now and stop the bleeding. These uncommitted delegates need to show more logic and political courage.
Anatomy Of A Sex Crime: The Spitzer Case
The Eliot Spitzer scandal is difficult for many rational people to understand. How could he have been so careless? The real question should be: What is the psychological pathology that caused this self destructive behavior?
White Woman Supporting Hillary: A Paradox
The only major group supporting Hillary are white women baby boomers. The rest of the electorate combined are giving Obama overwhelming support. It is clear that white women over 50 are considering gender over race and character. And white women make up the largest segment of our population so they cannot call themselves a minority. Let's take a closer look.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008(15 comments)
Hillary Is Not Losing: Bill And The DLC Are
I know the Clinton family pretty well and can speak very highly of her and her capabilities. Unfortunately for her, she adopted the Bill/DLC approach to politics. And I told her that in 2000 when she ran for then Senate.
Monday, February 11, 2008(12 comments)
In Defense Of David Schuster
David Schuster in my opinion is one of the best reporters working for the corporate media. He is a hard-hitting reporter that speaks his mind. He criticizes members of both political parties.
Thursday, February 7, 2008(1 comments)
Fair Solution To Delegate Fiasco
The Democrats in 1972 made the primary system truly democratic with a small D. The landslide loss by McGovern created the ridiculous super delegate category that was supposed to prevent the voters from making a so-called foolish decision.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Hillary Is The Underdog
This analysis is not about who I support. Her win in California had more to do with early voting and the control they have over the process in California.
Thursday, January 24, 2008(2 comments)
Political Strategies And The Democratic Candidates
My analysis of the recent political in-fighting is not a reflection of who I favor in the primary battle. As a student of political science, the recent controversies between Obama and Clinton(s) have an interesting consequence.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Bush Tax Cuts Made Sub-Prime Fiasco Possible
The Bush tax cuts have created a scenario in which the lions's share of the benefit have gone to rich individuals furthering the gap between the rich and the other economic classes.
New Hampshire Primary: All About Gender And The MSM
My first comment about the NH primary is that the MSM blew it again. They overstated the Obama momentum and participated in making Hillary into a victim, something women naturally would find offensive. The majority of women in NH voted for Hillary because there was a strong gender sympathy.
Friday, January 4, 2008(3 comments)
Hillary, False Choices, And Friendship
Last night was a triumph for the electorate and represents an important change in the American experience. I hope that Obama is one of those rare politicians whose words match his actions. The jury is still out on that.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The Cutting Edge: My New Radio Show
In a shameless act of self promotion, I am informing all you bloggers that my new radio show will be on the air on Sundays at 11AM EST on KPHX Phoenix. You can stream it at http://novamradio.com/. The topic for this week will be the Presidential election process and will include a discussion about the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007(12 comments)
The Real Hillary: A Problem Of Perception Versus Reality
I know the real Hillary Clinton because of my friendship with her and her family. I am not part of the Clinton inner circle, but have been close to her brother and attended his wedding 2 years ago. I can tell you first hand that she is the most competent of the candidates in the Democratic primary. Her political career is the most impressive. You can check it out on any web site.
Fitzgeral Should Indict Cheney Or Resign
Yesterday former White House press secretary Scott McClellan took the sand out of Fitzgerald's face. When Fitz indicted Scooter Libby, he used that famous sports metaphor of "kicking sand in his face" and obstructing the investigation.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007(2 comments)
Subprime Collapse: Was It Predictable?
Deregulation and the lack of oversight led to the collapse of the industry - something that I tried to prevent in a series of speeches and articles to the industry and letters to my senator, Bill Proxmire (then Chair of the Senate Banking Committee) and the Federal Home Loan Bank, now part of the Federal Reserve.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
What The Candidates Should Know: Government Spending
I once wrote a piece about new Presidents and their inability to stop institutional government spending and waste. I could do an audit of government spending and deliver the same services for 50% of what we are spending today.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I'm Done With The DNC
Will Rogers once said: "I do not belong to any organized political party, I am a Democrat." Never were such words so true.
Friday, November 9, 2007(33 comments)
Impeaching Cheney: What the Democratic Leadership Does Not Get
The Republican leadership in the House has voted to allow for Cheney's impeachment to reach the House floor. They think that the Democrats would be losers in the impeachment process. It is my position that the Democrats would be BIG WINNERS if they understood the constitution and what the public wants. Below are the positive points that would bolster their position with the media and the voters:
Thursday, November 1, 2007(8 comments)
My Advice To Hillary: Stop Playing To The National Election
One of the worst strategies in any competitive arena whether it be sports, politics, or business is to worry about the next "game." Despite the effectiveness of her overall campaign, she is always thinking about the November 2008 election. Playing to that audience has been the fatal mistake of all recent Democrats. Hillary and her staff should know better. It may have worked for Bill in 1992, but it wont work in 2008.
Friday, October 26, 2007(4 comments)
Insanity Is Trump: Bush And The Prudent Man Rule
For many years I used to be able to rely on what is called the "prudent man rule." An alternative to this is referred to as the "rational adversary" concept. In political terms, the USSR was the best example of the "rational adversary." Even totalitarian nations generally have a survival instinct.
Thursday, October 18, 2007(1 comments)
Smoke And Mirrors: From The Cold War To Iran
Most Americans are unaware of world history. The post WW II and Cold War propaganda created several generations of Americans that have either forgotten or never learned about America's role in the world after the War.
Friday, September 28, 2007(1 comments)
BROKEN GOVERMENT: A Must Read
I have read the last three books in John Dean's trilogy of criticism of the Republicans and neo-conservatives. Worse Than Watergate and Conservatives Without Conscience were extremely interesting and informative. Broken Government is the book that really gives the reader startling information about how the Republicans have attempted to destroy the processes that have been the foundation of our constitution.
Monday, September 17, 2007(23 comments)
Bill Maher's Opinion Is NaÔve About 9/11
I think that Bill Maher is the most talented political pundit of this generation. Since he decided to exclude the right wing nuts from his show, he speaks with much greater credibility. However, his last show was disappointing to me when he essentially marginalized anyone who has doubts about the official 9/11 story.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007(4 comments)
Jewish High Holidays and The "Book of Life"
One of the most frequently repeated prayers made over the Jewish High Holidays is the following translated to English:
"On Rosh Hashanah it is written
and on Yom Kippur it is sealed:
How many shall leave this world and how many shall be born into it, who shall live and who shall die......
Tuesday, September 11, 2007(8 comments)
MoveOn.org Made A Mistake
The recent NY Times ad by MoveOn.org was done in poor taste. Instead of evoking the desired result, it put into question the judgment of those who crafted the ad with the corny play on words, General Betray-Us. The ad cost them a reported $70,000 and such an ad does not represent the kind of communication and message that would have been meaningful.
Friday, September 7, 2007(1 comments)
Bin Laden And The Wonderful World Of Disney
Professor Bob McChesney wrote in his book The Problem of the Media: US Communication Politics in the 21st Century that Walt Disney and the Disney Corporation has done much harm to the media message. His explanation was that since the 1930s we have all grown up with the idea of good and evil as distinct lines drawn by cartoon characters. Many of the Disney movies portray a simplistic world in which the evildoer is killed at
Wednesday, September 5, 2007(2 comments)
"In God We Trust": The Worship Of Money
It is no accident that this country adopted this phrase on all U.S. currency. Removing the motto "In God We Trust" from American currency would mark the end of a tradition that began during the Civil War to rescue the country from "the ignominy of heathenism" and was expanded in the 1950s to combat the philosophy of communism.
Friday, August 24, 2007(6 comments)
Onward Christian Soldiers: Christiana Amanpour's Special
The last of the trilogy of fundamentalist followers of the god of Abraham was broadcast yesterday on CNN. The previous two episodes were about Jewish and Muslim fundamentalists. Yesterday's show about Christian fundamentalism was clearly the most disturbing.
Thursday, August 23, 2007(8 comments)
AIPAC Is Hurting Israel, Jews, and Middle-East Peace
At the risk of being called a self-hating Jew I have come to the conclusion that AIPAC is hurting the cause that it was supposed to advance when formed in 1953.
While primarily a Jewish organization, I am aware that most liberal Jews hate what AIPAC is doing and the tactics that is using. Since over 70% of American Jews are liberal, I believe that AIPAC is not representing the views of most of the Jewish community.
Monday, August 20, 2007(4 comments)
Do I Believe That Prayer Can Prevent Disasters? N0!
George Stephanopoulos must have thought that he was moderating the Republican debate when he asked the stupid question about prayer. That goes along with the question that Chris Matthews asked the Republicans about whether they believed in evolution. Remarkably, 3 Republicans admitted that they believe in creationism. I wonder what goes on in the heads of these so-called news anchors.