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Photos: top left: David Maril with the late Chuck Thompson, the voice of the Orioles and Colts, the summer he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993; top right: a perspective shot of Maril at Wrigley Field; featured photo: journalist Ken Decoste with the late, great Harry Caray and Maril.

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Trump should bury the hatchet with Romney and have him devise a replacement healthcare system

The president has to be judged by what he does since his talking points continue to be contradictions

How about Trump replacing O’Reilly as the prime-time host on Fox news?

By David Maril

While wondering why Donald Trump doesn’t confer with Mitt Romney on coming up with a plan to replace Obamacare, it’s interesting to note the following:

ROMNEY, THE 2012 GOP nominee for president, is without a doubt the most experienced Republican in implementing and managing a near-universal healthcare system. When elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he supported the enactment of state healthcare legislation. Before his plan was replaced by Obamacare, more than 98 percent of state residents were covered.

It’s true that Romney and the president are not exactly close pals. The former Massachusetts governor, who twice ran for president, was extremely critical of Trump through the 2016 campaign.

Once he’d secured the presidential nomination, Trump, under the guise of settling his differences with Romney, casually dangled the job of Secretary of State the former governor’s way.

That, however, seemed more an exercise in toying with Romney, getting his hopes up when he was not under serious consideration. The fact that Trump’s inner circle and staff kept speaking out publicly against Romney was a sign the appointment was never going to happen.

Still, considering all the missteps going on among Trump, the White House staff and Republicans in Congress to devise a replacement system, it would make sense to bring Romney on board to coordinate a proposal and game plan.

TRUMP LIKES TO GREATLY exaggerate his influence on things. One feat he has achieved is the ability to make time appear as if it is standing still. With all of his missteps, lies, inconsistencies, contradictions and bad judgement, his 100 days in office seem more like 100 years.

Trump wants everything both ways, or, as many would say, he defies the axiom that you can’t have your cake and eat it to.

His latest exercise in talking out of both sides of his mouth are promises, without details, of sweeping tax reform and a replacement healthcare system plan coming very soon. He keeps insisting, without any facts to back himself up, he will have had the most productive first 100 days of any president in U.S. history. However, at the same time, he hedges his bet by countering that this time period means absolutely nothing and is just an opportunity for the media to treat him unfairly.

YOUNG IMMIGRANTS LIVING HERE should be wary of Trump’s pledge that they have nothing to worry about because they are not targets for deportation. The president has established a track record of saying one thing one day and the opposite the next.

Words with him do not matter.

His list of flip-flops or contradictions include:

  • China going from currency manipulators to one of his close allies.
  • After urging former President Barack Obama to not get entangled in the Syria civil war quagmire, Trump allows a record-sized bomb to be dropped on the country and criticizes his predecessor for not taking action.
  • While running for president he declares NATO obsolete but after getting elected he states it’s not longer obsolete.
  • After outsourcing a sizable portion of work in his business empire to foreign laborers, he blusters against this practice after he’s elected.
  • After mocking Obama for playing too much golf, he sets a presidential record for hitting the links, becoming the Cal Ripken ironman of country club courses.
  • While he claims Obama ran a secretive administration, Trump eliminate the public disclosure of visitors to the White House while continuing to not make public his tax returns.

THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD STICK to the issue of Trump refusing to release his tax returns. The president’s arrogant defiance goes to the heart of his credibility issue.

While he keeps blustering about tax reform, how can anyone take him seriously when he won’t even make his tax returns public? Until he does, he will be unable to refute the charges his policies are influenced by financial conflicts of interest.

SURPRISING AS IT MAY SEEM, Trump and Hillary Clinton are very much alike in one very noticeable way. Both refuse to take responsibility and own up to it when they make mistakes and commit unforced errors of judgement.

Clinton, who is still blaming everyone, except herself, for blowing the 2016 election, gets properly put in her place in the recently published book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.” It is a responsibly written and well documented account of her blunders.

IT IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, but with the ouster of talk-master Bill O’Reilly, wouldn’t this be an opportune time for Fox to build a quality cable news network?

The network could still feature conservative commentary. However, why not take the high road, changing the apparently sexist and outdated internal culture and switching from an entertaining but irresponsible tabloid newspaper style to more of a Wall Street Journal format.

With CNN and MSNBC grappling over the liberal and moderate viewers, Fox has the conservative audience to itself and there's no need to lower journalism standards in a desperate attempt for ratings.

ON THE OTHER HAND, you can’t help but wonder, in this crazy White House and media world, if Fox might try to find a way to strike a deal to have Trump replace O’Reilly. All the cries of this being absurd and unethical would be music to the so-called president’s rabbit ears.

IF O’REILLY ENDS up in court, and draws a guilty verdict for sexual harassment in the workplace, will Trump and his stooge attorney general Jeff Sessions try to issue him a pardon?

Another question is why it took Fox so long to decide to part ways with O’Reilly. Would this have even happened if so many sponsors had not pulled their support of the show? Revenue loss was the deciding factor. Not charges of bad behavior.

WHILE TRUMP PATS HIMSELF on the back for discovering, apparently on his own, that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, Sessions broke "new" ground by describing Hawaii as "an island in the Pacific" in the process of criticizing a judge for ruling against the president's proposed travel ban. That's great policy for the Attorney General, knocking a judge. This does not bode well for the idea of separation of power.

IF CNN, OR ANY OTHER cable network, wants to resurrect the noisy political debate show “Crossfire,” two heavyweight hosts who would be perfect, and diametrically opposed to each other, would be left winger Michael Moore and right winger Steve Bannon.

This would be the battle of the disagreeable and obnoxious propagandist-documentarians.

ALTHOUGH CHICAGO POSSESSES one of the nation's most horrifying homicide rates, it does have the World Champion Cubs and leads the universe in network TV shows based on its city themes.

Dick Wolf, who saved NBC once with highly rated police-courtroom dramas, is bailing out the Peacock network again. He's already launched "Chicago Fire”, "Chicago P.D.”, “Chicago Med”, and “Chicago Justice.”

What else is left?

David Maril has been a columnist, sports editor and copy editor at three newspapers published in Massachusetts, winning numerous writing and section-design awards. As sports editor of the Milford Daily News, he covered the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and the New England Patriots. At the Brockton Enterprise he served as vice president of the newspaper’s guild, dealing with contract negotiations and workforce issues through difficult economic times. He also served on the board of the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, where he is a lifetime member and voter in Major League Baseball’s annual Cooperstown Hall of Fame balloting. For several years was a columnist for Voice Of Baltimore. The son of the late artist Herman Maril, whose work is included in over 100 museum collections, David splits his time between Cape Cod, MA and Baltimore, MD. He currently serves as president of the Herman Maril Foundation, which supports curatorial projects, art education programs and exhibitions related to the study of his father’s work. The website, featuring his father’s artwork, is hermanmaril.com. A graduate of Park School in Brooklandville, MD, David majored in English at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

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