Michael Bates


Mike Bates is the author of Right Angles and Other Obstinate Truths. Michael's articles have appeared in the Congressional Record, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Mensa Journal. As a lad, Mike distributed Goldwater campaign literature and since then has steadily moved further to the Right. In 2007, he won an Illinois Press Association award for Original Column.

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The futility of trying to train a pig

Jul 31, 2011 — Michael Bates

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an intelligent, insightful man.  An example of that came recently when he was asked why he won’t hire clerks who have substantive philosophical disagreements with him:  “It’s like trying to train a pig.  It wastes your time, and it aggravates the pig.”


Social Security Checks Won’t Go Out. Again.

Jul 14, 2011 — Michael Bates

Talk about grim tidings on the debt ceiling.  According to the Washington Post:

“Yesterday a worried Treasury Secretary . . . sent a letter to (the) House Speaker . . . listing the consequences if the debt bill was not sent to the President immediately.  Social Security checks totaling $8 billion already in the mail would not be cashed and other checks for civil service retirement, veterans payments and government operating costs would not be honored as of today, he said.”


Fifty years ago, Kennedy and Nixon changed our politics forever

Sep 25, 2010 — Michael Bates

On September 26, 1960, Senator John Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon appeared in the first of what came to be called the Great Debates.  How great they truly were is subject to dispute.  But there’s no doubt they altered American politics permanently.


Barack Obama:  GOP Man of the Year

Sep 19, 2010 — Michael Bates

It wasn’t so long ago that the Grand Old Party was rapidly headed toward becoming the Grand Dead Party.  Democratic victories in the House, the Senate, state capitols and, of course, the White House made it disheartening for those who subscribe to archaic concepts like limited government, a modicum of fiscal prudence and the Constitution.


The Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Guilty

Sep 12, 2010 — Michael Bates

These days, Barack Obama would rather talk about his birth certificate than use the word “stimulus.”  At the press conference that wouldn’t end last week, Obama was asked if his latest and greatest spending proposal amounted to a second stimulus.  He answered, “There is no doubt that everything we’ve been trying to do is designed to stimulate growth and additional jobs in the economy,” but adamantly avoided the dreaded s-word.


Where are the apologies?

Sep 5, 2010 — Michael Bates

Glancing at a newspaper in the Age of Obama can be hazardous to your mental – if not physical – health.


CNN’s Sanchez Retracts His Claim of a 400 Percent Increase in Presidential Death Threats

Dec 4, 2009 — Michael Bates

On August 28, CNN Newsroom anchor Rick Sanchez shared disturbing information with his viewers:


On Mammogram Guidelines, No Fact Checks for Sebelius or Durbin

Nov 23, 2009 — Michael Bates

When outrage erupted this week over a government panel’s recommendation that women have fewer mammograms, health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius was prepared with the Obama administration’s favorite talking point: It’s all Bush’s fault.  Appearing Wednesday on CNN’s The Situation Room, Sebelius told anchor Wolf Blitzer:


If ObamaCare Wins, Obama Loses

Aug 20, 2009 — Michael Bates

“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” noted philosopher Yogi Berra is credited with saying.  And so it is.


The “most trusted man in America” reconsidered

Jul 19, 2009 — Michael Bates

Just as the media – with the exception of Larry King – were finally getting over the passing of Michael Jackson came the news that former CBS newsman Walter Cronkite died.  Cronkite was an iconic figure amongst his brethren and media encomia were suitably lavish.


I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message

May 14, 2009 — Michael Bates

Cook County board president Todd Stroger has an almost $12,000 lien on his house for unpaid federal taxes.  Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulias bought a $26,000 hybrid SUV with money from the state’s college savings program.  Former governor Milorad Blagojevich likely will be parking his hairbrush in a federal facility in the foreseeable future.


Obama’s Poster Children for Tax Reform

Apr 12, 2009 — Michael Bates

If, as Oliver Wendell Holmes claimed, taxes are what we pay for a civilized society, we have become very civilized indeed.


Obama: Yet Another Sorry Democratic President

Apr 7, 2009 — Michael Bates

Watching Barack Obama this past week was painful.  The new president went out of his way to display his fresh style of leadership.  It won rave reviews from many foreigners, the mainstream media and others who hold the United States in contempt.


CNN’s Roland Martin Misstates Catholic Teaching in Defending Obama

Mar 31, 2009 — Michael Bates

CNN’s Roland Martin is hosting Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull for the next eight weeks.  On Monday’s program, Martin clearly demonstrated he’s going to have trouble living up to the program’s title.


Why I Quit The Reporter

Feb 2, 2009 — Michael Bates

The Reporter, a suburban Chicago newspaper, included on its commentary page last week this editorial announcement:


Include me out

Jan 21, 2009 — Michael Bates

It’s numbing. The adulation, the elation, the mirth, the idolatry, the reveling in every possible facet of Obamaness. And that’s just the response of the mainstream media.


President Kennedy and the Mob

Jan 14, 2009 — Michael Bates

Plans are moving forward to complete the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.  Known also as the Mob Museum, it will be an interactive attraction “dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement.”  One of the displays, in the organized crime section of the museum rather than the law enforcement area, should feature President John F. Kennedy.


Roland will fit right in

Jan 7, 2009 — Michael Bates

Senate majority leader Harry Reid can be such a tease.  On Sunday, the Nevada Democrat suggested that Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to replace The One in what is facetiously called the world’s greatest deliberative body might not be welcomed with open arms.


Requiescat in pace, Uncle Sam

Dec 30, 2008 — Michael Bates

2008 will be known as the year the United States set aside any pretense of free enterprise.  A nation that had flourished with the concept of limited government economic intervention turned to the seductive allure of massive federal intrusion.  Washington will now more than ever redistribute wealth in the name of compassion, pick winners and losers, and decide how the fruits of your labor will be spent.


Roddy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Dec 17, 2008 — Michael Bates

Our president-elect said in 2002: “. . . right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as governor. . .”  Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, has bragged that he, Obama, and two another party loyalists “were the top strategists of Blagojevich’s victory.”  Like other major Democratic politicians, Obama had absolutely no doubts about the character of the man they made governor.  That’s their story and they’re sticking with it.